Party! Party! Party!

It’s Party Season at Nurturing Minds!

All over the US, supporters of Nurturing Minds and the Sega Girls School have been holding events that put the “fun” in fundraising and introduced lots of folks to our organization.

It all started at the beginning of October, when our friends in Washington DC held a gathering attended by Sega Girls School Founder and Director Polly Dolan, who gave a presentation on developments at the school and answered questions.   As one guest said “It is very powerful and moving that Sega gives girls a second chance. You really get the feeling that you are changing the world by helping a student at Sega”.

Later in October, two more parties took place in Philadelphia. The first was at the home of Kathy and Ned Putnam; a relaxed gathering with wine and food and a glowing presentation from guest speaker Witney Schneidman, Nurturing Minds’ Special Advisors for International Affairs and Economic Development in Africa.

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  Above: Guests relax at the home of Kathy and Ned Putnam, and  African Dancers at the “Here Comes the Sun” event in MA

Above: Guests relax at the home of Kathy and Ned Putnam, and  African Dancers at the “Here Comes the Sun” event in MA

This gathering was followed by a festive event at Franny Abbotts’s beautiful West Chester barn including a delicious dinner, African dancing, a live auction, and beer tastings, along with presentations and slideshows that provided over 150 attendees with an opportunity to learn more about the Sega Girls School.

Then, in November, two African Evenings called “Here Comes the Sun” were held, one in MA and one in CO – both raising funds for the construction of new solar at the school.  Each party was attended by over 200, and had that special buzz of a lively crowd having a good time and raising funds for an important project.

  A beautiful example of African-inspired bowls created by students and available for sale at the Souper Supper.

A beautiful example of African-inspired bowls created by students and available for sale at the Souper Supper.

Finally, just this week, the annual Souper Supper took place at Louisville Middle School in Colorado.  Families and friends gathered for a supper of various soups, African entertainment, and an opportunity to purchase bowls with an African theme, handcrafted by the students.

All in all, we gained new friends, reconnected with old friends, and continued to grow support for our inspiring students in Tanzania, while raising a magnificent total of over $162,500!!

We are sincerely thankful to all of those who contributed to making these events a huge success – we wouldn’t be able to help the Sega students without you!