P4P’s Into Africa Auction Was a Great Success!
We love the phrase “it takes a village referring to the collaboration and coordination necessary to accomplish big things. Never was that credo more evident than this year’s Into Africa Auction. Thanks to P4P’s volunteer auction team, three part time staffers, sponsors, businesses that contributed auction items and all of you who shopped and generously donated to our programs, we raised $51,500 (after expenses).
These funds will help support P4P’s programs in health, education, economic development and water/sanitation in Kenya, and we are immensely grateful to all of you.
This year’s auction was drastically different than past galas. When it became apparent that our annual fundraiser and social could not be held in person, we quickly pivoted to a virtual format. This was no small feat. Bringing experience to the event were Co-Chair Vicky Markussen who produced the livestreaming program and Co-Chair Linda Hagen Miller who kept the team on track from software selection to deliveries. These two women signed up for an in-person African gala and wound up leading P4P’s first virtual auction. They did it with flexibility and persistence, a gazillion emails, and courage when facing the unknown.
You can watch portions of the live auction on our YouTube channel.
A Very Special Thanks
P4P Auction Committee Volunteers – Annie Gokey, who has been on the auction committee for years, once again took over data input. Eileen Dugger and Patti Krafft — what a team. The two of them procured amazing auction items, attended auction meetings, stored and sorted items and gathered numerous gift certificates, and then delivered auction items to winners. Gordon Jackson, Stacey Mainer, Sandy Ivers, Nereah Obura and Robert Masaga for their welcoming, heartfelt video contributions.
Everyone who created a basket or procured auction items and all the businesses who generously lent their support.
Rose Backs, who served as our auctioneer. She is a professional who knows how to work a crowd, but she’s also compassionate, curious and thoughtful. And last, but certainly not least, our sponsors. Without their generous underwriting, Into Africa Auction would not have been nearly as successful.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Sponsor support is the key to changing the lives of our partners in Kenya. We thank our generous sponsors!