Into Africa Auction was a Fantastic Success!
More than 185 Partnering for Progress supporters and friends helped raise the record-breaking sum of $67,000 at the 10th Annual Into Africa Auction. This truly is a group effort and the funds that are raised support an entire year of programs for 26 villages in Kenya.
Attendees 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. Dinner ended 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.
Dr. Kingsley Ugorji, originally from Cameroon was our first keynote speaker. After attending medical school and practicing in Nigeria and New York City, he now works for CHAS in Spokane, providing medical care to the lowest income population. Dr. Ugorji thought he’d ‘seen it all’. He was shocked at the lack of care when he visited Kopanga earlier this year. He performed two life-changing procedures that week and assured the audience that P4P’s work is critical.
Our second keynote speaker, Sheila Lemuta, manager of an adult family home in Spokane, talked about how difficult it was for her to achieve a high school education where she grew up in a small, remote Massai village in Kenya. Most of her friends did not graduate, but became young brides and had babies before she graduated. Through the help of an uncle, she was able to come to the United States and attend nursing college. She told the audience that P4P’s education scholarships give young people something to hope for and opens doors that would otherwise be closed.
Thanks to Our Donors & Volunteers
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.
Special thanks to Auctioneer Jeff Owens and KHQ morning anchors of The Wake Up Show, Kalae Chock and Sean Owsley gave their valuable time to emcee our program.
We also thank EWU DECA volunteers and to Krister Persing, Viewfinder Video, and Mike Dziak, EVI Productions, who created a compelling video “A Decade of Progress” about P4P’s mission and accomplishments in Kenya.
Our deep gratitude goes to the donors and volunteers who selflessly share their time, talent and treasure. Your donations send children to school, provide clean water, foster economic empowerment and save lives through our health care programs.