Two thousand miles away, in the small town of Santa Ana, Guatemala, a girl is becoming the first female in her family to learn to read, thanks to a combination of hands-on instruction and an adaptive internet learning program. A previously-malnourished boy is thriving, thanks to a regimen of nutritionally fortified meals. A woman at risk for cervical cancer is healthy and confident, thanks to proper screening and treatment. Another woman is supplementing her family income by selling chickens, thanks to an agricultural co-op in her neighborhood. Communities in northern Guatemala are benefitting from these programs and more—all thanks to you, the people of Toledo.
For more than a decade, individuals from the Toledo area have contributed their time, money, and expertise to SewHope, a Toledo-based nonprofit that partners with the poor, marginalized, and exploited in Guatemala to help end the injustices of poverty and bring about sustainable communities. From doctors and medical lab specialists to pastors and teachers, supporters of SewHope come from many walks of life but share a common goal: to be part of a cause greater than themselves.
You’re invited to join that cause on March 6, 2020, at SewHope’s annual L.E.A.P. Fundraiser (Love Ends All Poverty). The event includes dinner, music, a silent auction, and a raffle; proceeds from L.E.A.P. go directly to support SewHope’s programs in northern Guatemala.
Past events have been a great time, and this year promises not to disappoint. According to Gloria Buganski, L.E.A.P. chairperson, “L.E.A.P is an evening with friends to celebrate and support our efforts in Guatemala. There’s something for everyone. It’s always a lot of fun.” That applies to the silent auction portion, especially: from artwork to gift baskets to golf outings, there’s a wide variety of items and experiences up for grabs.
Tickets for the event are $70 per person, or $650 for a table of ten. The event will be held on March 6, 2020, from 6:30 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m., at Parkway Place in Maumee. Doors open at 6:00 pm, so get there early to learn more about SewHope’s work in Guatemala and to get a head start on the silent auction! Tickets and more information are available online at www.SewHope.org.
Whether you’re a silent auction connoisseur or simply looking for a fun way to support a great cause, L.E.A.P. is the event for you. Mark your calendars for March 6! ❦