Into Africa Auction was a Fantastic Success!
More than 200 Partnering for Progress supporters and friends helped raise the record-breaking sum of $75,000 at the 11th Annual Into Africa Auction. Attendees got to meet P4P’s Kenya Program Coordinator Nereah Obura, enjoyed entertainment, educational displays, a lively auction and fabulous African food at the Mirabeau Park Hotel.
Many generous in-kind donations from around the area graced our auction tables. Thirty pieces of antique and contemporary African art created a bidding frenzy as the table closed and raised a total of $1,705.
We ended dinner on a sweet note with the Dessert Dash, where table captains collected bids for dessert items and dashers from the table flew to the dessert table to flag their prize.
Our auction is not just about food, frivolity and winning bids, however. Committees set up educational tables and volunteers explained the focus of the committee’s work, providing concrete examples of how donations directly help communities in Kopanga/Giribe.
Our keynote speaker, Program Coordinator Nereah Obura, traveled 28 hours to attend the event. She shared photos and statistics about accomplishments to date, explaining the holistic approach P4P has adopted. Partner stories were shared along with gratitude for the support the audience has shown. Life-changing programs are in place; village-changing plans are coming with the income generating business, budgeted to begin in 2019.
It Takes a Village to make a world of difference, a world away. Guests opened their hearts and gave generously, pledging $19,000 in support of P4P’s health, water, education and economic development programs in Kenya.
A Very Special Thanks
We have many people to thank for the success of this year’s auction. First, we want to thank and acknowledge our generous auction sponsors whose gifts ensured that every dollar raised will go toward supporting P4P programs.
Auctioneer Jeff Owens urged attendees to “give deeply,” and KREM 2 Evening News anchor, Jane McCarthy volunteered her valuable time to emcee our program.
Our deep gratitude goes to the donors and volunteers who selflessly share their time, talent and treasure. A special thank you goes to the hard-working Auction Committee and the volunteers who helped behind the scenes. Board members and volunteers sold tickets, solicited sponsors and procured auction items. This truly is a group effort and the funds that are raised support an entire year of programs for 26 villages in Kenya. Asante Sana!
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Sponsor support is the key to changing the lives of our partners in Kenya. We thank our generous sponsors!