|Attendees checking out the silent auction|
Each year, WELNepal organizes an intimate benefit bash (with the help of good friend and great supporter Monica McKenna) to raise some money for the women we help educate. This year — our 11th year, to be exact — was exceptional for a few reasons.
Firstly, we welcomed more guests than ever before, making the bash a little less intimate but a whole lot more fun. We hosted the bash at the
hotspot The Academy of Spherical
arts, and were pleased to see 120 guests crowd the elegant and spacious venue. Liberty Village
Secondly, our new venue got outstanding reviews from attendees. Many praised the ambience, tables and chairs (no one had to juggle a plate and drink while perusing the auction items), delicious buffet-style food and pool tables.
Thirdly, we were once again blessed to experience wonderful performances by local artists. Canadian actor Barry Flatman hosted the festivities with ease and charm, and musical acts HoboWally, !DO! and Mother Tongue gave wonderful performances that had people dancing and swaying long after the silent auction closed. Belly dance troupe Tribe MayaFire mixed traditional Middle Eastern tunes with top 40 hits to create a fun and memorable dance routine that drew enthusiastic applause.
|More auction enthusiasts|
Our auction items, ranging from traditional Nepali art to musical instruments to original art, excited the crowd and drew some competitive bids.
On behalf of the Nepali women who will now have the chance to begin or continue their education because of your generosity, we thank you very, very much. Every donation, large or small, can make the difference in the life of a woman in our project area.
To all who attended – thank you, and see you next year!