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New Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015
New Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015

Dec. 5: Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner Gala

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 24, 2015) – Africare’s annual Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner Gala will be held Saturday, December 5, 2015, at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

This year’s event will honor multiple long-time Africare supporters such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Alpha Kappa Alpha is an Africare Life Member, and the sorority has provided steadfast support to Africare’s programs through their international headquarters and individual chapters for more than three decades.

Africare’s Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner Gala is one of the nation’s largest annual fundraising events for Africa. The event honors the memory of Bishop John T. Walker, who served as Africare’s Board Chairman and as the first African-American Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C. Throughout his life, Bishop Walker distinguished himself as an exemplar of peace, justice and interracial harmony. The Gala also connects individuals from diverse fields committed to empowering Africans to improve their lives, and the event rallies support for Africare’s community-based programs across Africa.

For more information about the dinner, please visit www.africare.org/bwd or contact bwd@africare.org or call 1-844-462-5500.

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Note: We apologize for any inconvenience the Gala’s change of date may have caused you. If you already purchased your ticket and cannot attend on December 5, please consider your purchase a donation to improve the lives Africans through Africare’s programs. If you would prefer a refund, please contact Denise Cummings at dcummings@africare.org.

 

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Africare to Honor Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield for Distinguished Humanitarian Service

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 1, 2015) – United States Department of State Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, will receive the Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare, the nation’s oldest and largest African-American led organization providing assistance to Africa, at the annual Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner Gala on December 5, 2015.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield joins an esteemed group of individuals bestowed the honor which includes President Barack Obama, Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President Bill Clinton, Bill and Melinda Gates, Former President Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela and other humanitarian dignitaries.

“Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield has devoted a significant portion of her Foreign Service career to improve the lives and economic opportunities for millions of Africans,” said Stephen D. Cashin, Chairman of the Board at Africare and CEO of Pan African Capital Group, LLC. “Africare is privileged to recognize the Ambassador for her legacy of selfless and compassionate service to the people of Africa.”

Prior to her current leadership position, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield served as ambassador to Liberia from 2008-2012. Her 34-year Foreign Service career also included postings in Kenya, The Gambia and Nigeria, as well as assignments to Pakistan and Switzerland.

In addition, Africare will present the following awards at the Bishop Walker Gala:

Corporate Award to ExxonMobil for its notable contributions to several Africare programs in 2015 including Power Forward, a partnership with the National Basketball Association to teach health and life skills to Nigerian youth.

Life Member Award to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., for its long-term partnership which has provided more than $1 million in support of Africare programs.

Program Implementation Award for the ZaMs project to which a unique coalition of foundations collaborated with Africare to create a network of Maternal Waiting Homes in multiple Zambia districts and provinces to reduce maternal and infant mortality.

Young Philanthropist Award to Nathaniel Crossley, a Canadian teenager, who has single-handedly raised funds to support Africare’s and the African Well Fund’s initiative to build wells in Tanzania to provide clean water to several villages and schools.

The Bishop Walker Gala is one of the nation’s largest fundraising events for Africa. The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., is the site for this year’s event. The Gala honors the memory of Bishop John T. Walker, who served as Africare’s Board Chairman and as the first African-American Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C. Throughout his life, Bishop Walker distinguished himself as an exemplar of peace, justice and interracial harmony.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.africare.org/bwd or call 1-844-462-5500.

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New Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015
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New Date for Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner Gala

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Africare’s annual Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner Gala will be held Saturday, December 5, 2015, at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

This year’s event will honor multiple long-time Africare supporters such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

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Young Humanitarian Makes the World Even

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Nathaniel Crossley is a young humanitarian living in Fort McMurray, Alberta. At the age of 13, he has a strong desire to “make the world even.” He has worked with the African Well Fund to build wells in Tanzania and has fundraised for projects of his own by partnering with his school and community. Nathaniel has been working to raise money for his project “Sports4Africa” in order to send sports equipment to African schools and is also working on his first documentary called The Kilimanjaro Project. Nathaniel plans to return to Africa on his 16th birthday to revisit the three schools that he has helped over the years.

“I want to make the world even: I want everyone to have the same rights, freedoms, and access to things we have in the first world.” –Nathaniel Crossley

Please tell me a little more about yourself and how you became involved with fundraising.

I’d say I’m your average 13-year-old boy. I enjoy gaming, building computers, hanging out, biking with friends and Pokémon. I enjoy different sports including rock climbing, badminton, soccer, football, swimming and I curl competitively.

It was mainly because of what I saw Ryan Hreljac* do for the people in Africa and what my dad was doing as a humanitarian.

*As a child, Ryan Hreljac raised money in response to the global water crisis, and has since raised millions of dollars for projects in Africa.

Why did you decide to raise money for sports equipment in particular?

When I visited the three schools in Tanzania, I enjoyed meeting many of the children and even played a game of football (soccer) with them. I was shocked to learn that the school only had one soccer ball for over 1000 kids. The schools were in desperate need of equipment. A few of the kids requested new equipment and I came up with the idea of Sports4Africa a few minutes later.  That’s when I decided to fundraise again to purchase sporting equipment for the three schools I visited.

All kids should have the ability to play and deserve the tools or equipment to do so. I want these kids to have some of the same opportunities that I do.

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How did you learn about Africare and why did you decide to entrust your donations to Africare?

When I chose the African Well Fund for fundraising in 2012-13, I found out that Africare was the parent organization. My school, Father Patrick Mercredi High School, partnered with me, and along with community donations, I raised more than $2000 CAN. Originally I planned to purchase the equipment in Canada and ship it to Tanzania, and then my mom thought we should be supporting the local African economy so we started to look for suppliers in Tanzania. My mom and I struggled to find a supplier online so we decided to ask Africare to source out a company for us. They agreed and also offered to transport the sports equipment directly to the three schools.

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Tell me more about The Kilimanjaro Project.

It is the documentary which I am currently producing with some local filmmakers about my adventures through Africa and my current project, Sports4Africa.

The Kilimanjaro Project is a deal that I made with Arlene Dickinson, a Canadian entrepreneur and former TV personality on the show Dragons Den. She would give me a GoPro (what I used to film the footage) if I teamed up with local filmmakers. Some of the challenges with the documentary is the fact that my computer has been having “technical difficulties” which makes it very hard to edit and produce. One victory was when we finally got a committed filmmaker to do the project.

Describe your favorite trip to Africa/ your favorite part about Africa.

My favorite part had to have been visiting the three schools in Tanzania and seeing how grateful the students, teachers and parents were for my efforts to provide them sanitization stations and a rain water collector.

What inspires you and what are your goals for the future?

It inspires me when someone does something for an area or person to enhance their quality of life. My goal is for everyone to have access to what we have in the west – adequate health care, clean water, etc.

Recent Tweet from Africare’s Kendra Davenport:

“Never underestimate the power of one – even one as young as @TheLegoFly.  Thanks Nathaniel.  You’re inspiring us to do more & be better!”

You can see the trailer to Nathaniel’s The Kilimanjaro Project here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEPMjbv9P38

Africare to honor Nathaniel

Africare will recognize Nathaniel’s dedication to improve African lives at the Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner Gala in Washington, D.C., on December 5, 2015, one of the largest fundraising events for Africa in the United States. For more information about the annual event and to reserve your seat, please click on this link. Hope to see you there!

This Donor Spotlight was written by Africare summer high school intern Hailey Voell.  Hailey will begin her senior  year next month at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, Virginia.  Her mini- internship was spent in Africare’s Development and Communications Department.

 

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