From a pair of TOMS shoes to a trip to Costa Rica, guests at Educate!’s annual ball bid on silent auction items that would at once allow them to win fun prizes while also raising money for education in Uganda. In addition to the auction Educate supporters bought art and jewelry made in Uganda, pledged to sponsor a student, and enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
Educate is a Boulder-based nonprofit organization that works to directly address the most fundamental challenge facing Africa: the lack of socially responsible leadership across diverse sectors of society. They accomplish this goal through a rigourous two year program in which a student receives leadership training and leads a social enterprise that effectively and sustainably addresses a community need. In 2009 Educate! led 415 students through the program, and that number increased in 2010 to over 800 students.
Congressman Jared Polis was on hand to praise Educate’s important work and encourage the audience to give generously. Polis added that he hopes to plan a trip to Africa soon. Vocal band Face wound up the party by performing a capella versions of popular tunes from the ‘Pink Panther Theme’ to Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’. By the end of the night Educate! had raised over $25,000 for their education programs in Uganda.