Friends of Africa International and Project CURE present
For the Love of Africa
a Safari-Chic Gala to Benefit the Pokot Medical Clinic at the Phoenix Zoo
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (August 13, 2013) Scottsdale-based non-profit organization, Friends of Africa International (FOAI), is teaming up with Project C.U.R.E. to spark local community efforts to help an international cause. “For the Love of Africa” is a Safari-chic Gala benefit to raise funds for the Pokot Medical Clinic in Ng’aina, Kenya, which will be the first medical facility ever built in that area.
“For the Love of Africa” will treat guests to a mini-safari, upon arrival, in the most fitting setting at the Phoenix Zoo. Enjoy live entertainment with African drummers, a tribal fashion show, art exhibitions, raffle drawings, door prizes, African Marketplace silent auction, and live auction presented by local celebrity auctioneer, Letitia Frye. Celebrity news personality, Brad Perry, will emcee the event and present Friends of Africa’s second annual Humanitarian Awards Ceremony honoring Dr. Douglas Jackson, the CEO of Project C.U.R.E. The launch of Friends of Africa International’s new quarterly publication, Friends of Africa Magazine, will be celebrated as well.
“The future of our planet depends upon sustainable modernization of underdeveloped nations in Africa, which are most vulnerable to exploitation by corporate polluters and unsustainable countries in search of Africa’s resources,” said Snowden Bishop, FOAI Executive Board director. “The Pokot people are not expecting long-term support or handouts that make them dependent. Rather, they are eager to become educated about ways they can be self-reliant, and they need your help.”
Thanks to their patrons, Friends of Africa International has successfully built the first school in Ng’aina, Kenya in March 2012, a pre-school, which is attended by 100 pre-school children. Reaching for a massive, yet confidently attainable goal of $600,000, FOAI will continue to develop the area with the area’s first medical center along with water wells, renewable power supply, and an airstrip to transport medical supplies and emergency evacuations.
“For the Love of Africa” will take place on Saturday, October 19th, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Stone House Pavilion at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008. Tickets to the benefit are $125 per person and sponsor packages start at $1,000. Tickets available online: www.blacktie-arizona.com/RSVP. Enter code: AFRICA
Established in 1988, Friends of Africa International (FOAI) is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation with chapters in Aspen, CO and Scottsdale, AZ and international NGO status in Nairobi, Kenya. FOAI initiates projects and raises funds for NGO affiliates aligned with our mission to support wildlife conservation, environmental protection, cultural preservation, disease intervention, poverty alleviation and education in Africa. In 2010, FOAI identified a humanitarian crisis in a remote region of western Kenya occupied by people belonging to the Pokot tribe. There were no schools, no clean water sources, and no medical facilities within 100 miles. FOAI pledged to build basic infrastructure to empower Pokot people to improve their quality of life. Last year, FOAI built the first school in Ng’aina, where 150 children currently attend. This year, FOAI is building a medical clinic. With completion scheduled for mid-2014, The Pokot Medical Clinic will be the only medical facility within a 100-mile radius for Pokot people living near Ng’aina, Kenya. For more information, please visit us online at www.FriendsofAfricaAZ.org or send an email to info@FriendsofAfricaAZ.org.
About Friends of Africa Magazine:
Originating as a newsletter promoting FOAI projects and causes to its members, Friends of Africa Magazine is now a national quarterly publication that will reach 10,000 affluent readers who travel extensively and donate to philanthropic causes. The purpose of the publication is to support FOAI projects and affiliates, and call attention to socially responsible companies and NGOs catering to our altruistic audience. With features contributed by world-class journalists and award-winning photographers, our editorial mission is to showcase the beauty of Africa and raise awareness about critical conservation, environmental and humanitarian issues facing the continent. Friends of Africa Magazine is published pro-bono by BEAM-Media, creators of AZGreen Magazine, 4Gr8rGood and Sustainability in Education. After publishing expenses, 100% of advertising revenue directly supports FOAI programs. Sponsorship and advertising programs can be customized to fit any marketing budget. Click to view the Online Preview Issue of Friends of Africa Magazine. Please visit www.FriendsofAfricaMagazine.org, or email editor@FriendsofAfricaMagazine.org for more information.
About Project C.U.R.E.
Project C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 to help bridge staggering health resource gaps in the developing world by matching medical supplies and modern equipment with facilities in need to empower doctors and nurses with the tools they need to treat disease, deliver vaccines, perform life-changing surgeries and ensure safe childbirth. Project C.U.R.E. operates distribution centers in Colorado, Tennessee, Texas and Arizona and collects excess supplies and specialized equipment from hundreds of U.S. hospitals and medical manufacturers, giving them the opportunity to “green” their operations and redirect their surplus in an environmentally-friendly way. Thanks to the dedication of 16,000 volunteers nationwide, two to three semi-truck trailer sized containers of life-saving aid leave Project C.U.R.E.’s warehouses every week. In addition, Project C.U.R.E. sends volunteer medical teams to underserved facilities abroad to provide free care and train local healthcare staff. Today, Project C.U.R.E. is the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies to resource-limited communities across the globe, touching the lives of patients, families, and children in more than 130 countries. Project C.U.R.E. has pledged to supply $1,000,000 in medical equipment and supplies for the Pokot Medical Clinic. For more information, please visit: www.ProjectCURE.org
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