|Laurie Kelley opens gala|
|Neil Herson receives recognition from Martha Hopewell|
A slide show of the many faces of children and young adults from developing countries helped by Save One Life played in the background during the three hour gala, showing some of those unglamorous places--megaslums, rural villages, hamlets, townships. It also showed the faces of suffering.
We thanked our sponsors of the event, donors, and presented Donor of the Year award to Rich Gaton and his company, BDI Pharma, who sponsor 17 children. Special recognition was given to Patrick Schmidt, CEO of FFF Enterprises (88 children), Wolfgang Marguerre, chairman of Octapharma (70 children), and Neil Herson, president of ASD Healthcare (50 children). Only Neil was present from Texas that night.
|Usha accepts award from Tricia Sico|
A special award was also given to Barry Haarde, a 47-year-old Texan with hemophilia and HIV who had just concluded his second Ride Across America that afternoon, at 3 pm in Salisbury, Massachusetts! Such dedication! Barry averaged over 100 miles a day to raise $35,000 for Save One Life. Barry also dedicated each day of his ride to someone who passed away from hemophilia and HIV, and posted their photos on Facebook. Remarkable thoughtfulness!
Our Inspiration Award went to board member Chris Bombardier, a 27-year-old who has summit both Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua, highest peaks on their continents, becoming the first American with hemophilia on Kili, and the first person with hemophilia ever to summit Aconcagua. We were blessed to have both men in our midst Thursday night.
|Laurie with local patients Justin Levesque and |
Mark Zatyrka (of AHF, and former board member)
Thanks to everyone who attended this wonderful event! We raised money to help support our great team, Martha Hopewell (executive directer), Tricia Sico (program director) and Michelle Higson (executive assistant). Without them, we could not operate or progress; with them, we have progressed so far!
We have more children waiting for sponsorship. Please visit www.saveonelife.net to learn more! (More gala pics to come!)
Interesting Book I am Reading
All That You Can't Leave Behind: A Rookie Missionary's Life in Africa by Ryan Murphy [Kindle]
This might be a good first book for someone c
ontemplating becoming a missionary in Africa. It's an interesting first look at the culture shock one can experience. It's also interesting what drove Ryan and his wife and new baby to ell everything they owned, beg for survival funds, and leave to a difficult place to teach the schoolchildren of other missionaries. For the experienced, this book is much too fluffy, superficial and lacking in depth, history. It's told in a rambling, blog-style or journal-style, which might appeal to the younger generation. Not bad, but not meaty or deep; it's a quick read, too. Two/five stars.