The Results of our Ebola Relief Fundraiser on December 8th at Umana Restaurant

069 What an amazing event we just pulled off. What a truly incredible night. When we started planning for this fundraiser, our goal was to sell 50 tickets and make $1,000 for Ebola Relief. On Monday, December 8th, not only did we meet our goal, we far surpassed anything that we could have ever imagined. It is clear that we underestimated the generosity of our community here in the Capital Region and the dedication of our members.

After a night of prizes, inspiring speakers, and great music coupled with great food, drink, and conversation, we are pleased to report that we sold over 90 tickets (bringing the restaurant to capacity) and raised $4,402 and counting! Checks are still coming in. This result is beyond our wildest expectations, and we would like to say thank you, THANK YOU, to everyone who came out and to everyone who has donated. It truly is remarkable what we’ve been able to accomplish.

O102nce we tally up all of the money, we will be sending a check to NPCA’s Ebola Relief Fund, which will go to local community-based organizations in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to aid in their fight against this deadly virus. The funds will be distributed to vetted organizations working in West Africa as determined by a fund steering committee, comprised of two representatives of each NPCA member group and chaired by Russell Morgan, Dr. P.H. (RPCV Kenya 1966-1969). The money that we have raised will go directly to those organizations which are on the front lines of this crisis and making a direct impact in the lives of those affected. In short, the money which we have raised is going directly to those who need it and in a responsible way.

Many members worked very hard to make this fundraiser successful, but none more so than the fundraiser’s creators, coordinators, and main motivators: Ruth Senchyna and Heather Senecal. We’re so lucky to have members who are not only dedicated to making a positive impact on a global scale, but who are willing to put in the time and energy to transform good intentions into a successful reality. They have done a great service to079 those suffering from this epidemic. Thanks too to all the hard-working staff at Umana Restaurant and Wine Bar.

For those of you who were unable to make the event, click here to view the Fundraiser program. On the program you will be able to see a breakdown of the event and a full list of those people and organizations which contributed their time and/or donations for our raffle. Additionally, look for another post with pictures of the event (thanks to Sue Senecah for taking those).

116We’re continuing to accept donations through the month of December, so if you would still like to contribute or if you know of someone who would, please contact ebola.albany@yahoo.com. Who knows? Maybe we’ll hit $5,000.

There’s not much else to say except again Thank You! to all who contributed. We truly have done a great thing. Happy Holidays!

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