Friends and family of Jitegemee came together on Thursday, July 7 for another fun and successful fundraiser for our work with street children in Machakos. The event was hosted by Rebecca Abou-Chedid at her beautiful Washington, DC home, and guests raised over $11,000 for Jitegemee’s work. These funds will be matched by Segal Family Foundation‘s matching grant awarded to Jitegemee for 2016.
The generosity of Jitegemee friends was overwhelming: Our featured raffle prize of the evening was a donated family photo shoot by Essdras M. Suarez, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, which was won by Patty Seo-Mayer.
Suspicious Package (@SusPackage), a DC journalist and policy wonk rock band that started in the basement of Washington Post cartoonist, Tom Toles, donated a night with their band. This raffle was won by Lily Batchelder.
A bottle of Amarula cream and a South Sudan soccer jersey were won by Ellen Oberwedter, and Laura Friedman won a bottle of wine.
Last, but certainly not least – in fact, it was arguably the most coveted prize of the evening – the Embassy of Finland donated temporary membership to the Diplomatic Sauna Society of Washington, DC and an evening for four in the embassy’s sauna. The lucky raffle winner was our very own Clarence Wardell III, Jitegemee Board member and co-host of the fundraiser.
A huge Thank You goes out to everyone who helped organize or who generously supported the fundraiser!