Into Africa Auction was a Fantastic Success! Asana Sante!
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. Attendees enjoyed entertainment, educational displays, a lively auction and fabulous African food at the Mirabeau Park Hotel.
Our keynote speaker, P4P Project Coordinator Seth Okumu, shared his deep gratitude and talked about the impact your contributions are making in Kenya. He praised the Ivers and Mainer families for their resilience in serving his country, adding "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."
Seth told two heartfelt stories. Illustrating the critical need for adequate health care, he spoke about his mother’s dogged determination to make sure his younger sister received medical treatment when she was very ill. That little girl got healthy and has grown up to become a physician’s assistant in Kenya. And he shared the story of Vincent, a severely malnourished infant. Everyone had given up on him, Seth said, except his mother. Persistence brought her to P4P, she enrolled Vincent in P4P’s 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."
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. A special thanks to Auctioneer Jeff Owens and KREM2 Nightly News anchor Jane McCarthy who gave her valuable time to emcee our program.
Our deep gratitude goes to the donors and volunteers who share selflessly of their time, talent and treasure. This truly is a group effort and funds an entire year of programs for 26 villages in Kenya. Your donations send children to school, provide clean water, foster economic empowerment and save lives through our health care programs.
Last Year's Into Africa Auction Included Live Auction items: