Into Africa Auction was a Fantastic Success!
More than 160 Partnering for Progress supporters and friends helped raise the record-breaking sum of $56,988 at the 9th Annual Into Africa Auction. Truly a group effort that funds 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 tables bid on dessert items and dashers from each table flew to the dessert table to flag their prize.
Keynote speaker, P4P Project Coordinator Seth Okumu, expressed his deep gratitude and talked about the impact your contributions are making in Kenya. He shared the story of Vincent, a severely malnourished infant. Everyone had given up on him except his mother. Persistence brought her to P4P, she enrolled Vincent in the Power of Milk nutrition program, and Vincent can now walk and play on his own.
“If you feel you only have a few dollars to give, and that might not make a difference,” Seth said, “I will tell you confidently that it does. It is the bits and pieces that make a whole.”
Thanks to Our Donors & Volunteers
We have many people to thank for the success of this year’s auction. First, we 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 KREM2 Nightly News anchor Jane McCarthy who gave her valuable time to emcee our program.
We also thank the SCC DECA volunteers and Scott Piepel, graphic designer at Numerica, who created a compelling video about P4P’s mission and accomplishments in Kenya.
Our deep gratitude goes to the donors and volunteers who share selflessly of 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.