Our Nyumbani USA gala was a huge success.
The annual Nyumbani gala, held in Washington, D.C. every September or October, is a vital revenue source for life-saving Nyumbani programs.
This year’s event was a huge success, raising tens of thousands of dollars for the critical services Nyumbani provides to vulnerable HIV/AIDS-affected children and families in Kenya.
Thank you to our 2015 corporate gold sponsors, Giuseppe and Mercedes Cecchi, Lockheed Martin and Tibu Foundation; and our silver sponsors, Kathleen and Chris Matthews, Kathleen and Chris Rotondaro, the Hon. and Mrs. Dennis DeConcini, and Denise DeConcini and Robert Ramin.
A special thank you also goes out to John and Patty Noel, who donated $25,000 in honor of Nyumbani Humanitarian Award recipient John Sheffy, an agroforestry professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, who is helping build the sustainability program at Nyumbani Village by overseeing and planting 300,000 melia trees over the course of ten years, which is the lifecycle of a melia tree.
Another honoree at the event, U.S. Rep. Christopher Smith, honored for his support of PEPFAR, the United States’ HIV/AIDS initiative, said of Nyumbani, “You are 10 years ahead on AIDS issues.”
Former Washington television anchor Kathleen Matthews, a friend of Nyumbani since 1993, has emceed the event every year since its inception.
At this year’s event, hundreds of guests experienced good food, an exciting live auction, entertainment, and stories of miraculous change in the lives of Nyumbani children.
This fun event raises half of the annual funds the Nyumbani USA board needs to support Nyumbani programs: Nyumbani Children’s Home, Nyumbani Lea Toto Community Outreach, Nyumbani Village, and the Nyumbani Diagnostic Laboratory.
The 2015 Nyumbani U.S. gala and the continued support of individual donors, corporate sponsors and others are crucial to rebuilding the shattered lives of tens of thousands of children and families rocked by the Kenyan HIV/AIDS crisis.
Thank you, and see you at our next gala in September, 2016.
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