WASHINGTON (April 7, 2014) — Africare, the oldest and largest African-American led non-profit committed to advancing development in Africa, hosted more than 500 global leaders in business, government and philanthropy on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at its annual Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner and fundraiser at the Hilton Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event honored Africare’s pioneering Co-Founders C. Payne Lucas and Dr. Joseph C. Kennedy with Lifetime Achievement Awards for the tremendous contributions they have each made to Africare over more than four decades.
“[The people of Kenya and Tanzania] needed HELP, but they never felt sorry for themselves. They have such joy and willingness to work. They just need the right guidance and assistance. I just wanted to help them improve themselves, and I knew they would flourish.”
– Mary Bauder
“We started this because we all had friends and family who were suffering. We are connected in so many ways to so many people. Daedalus is about remembering those we have lost. This applies to those we have lost everywhere. Daedalus is about ‘us’ in a larger sense.”
-Claudia Alick, Associate Producer, Community, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
“NANBPWC understands that Black women are part of a larger African Diaspora, and we have responsibilities to each other and to women on the African continent as their sisters.”
-Jennifer Bryant, Executive Director, NANBPWC, Inc.
“A person can give back financially or they can do it by donating their time. In actual fact, sometimes the biggest donation is time since everyone’s time is limited and you never get it back, once it is gone, it is gone. But if it is donated to worthwhile causes, then it is time well spent.”
“[Ours] won’t be the biggest check you get this year, but for these kids and this community, it represents something significant: sacrifice and generosity of spirit.”
-John Glover, Founding Principal, Alpha: Blanca Alvarado Middle School
“The need is great, and my firm belief is that those who are in a position to offer assistance to strengthen African nations are obliged to do so.”
-Ambassador June Carter Perry
“Aid is in vain if it ultimately does not lead to self-sufficiency and sustainability, and Africare embodies this philosophy.”
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