More than Me’s summer intern, Meredith Zafian, recently attended our latest event in New Jersey. We are looking forward to working with Meredith, a graduate student at Indiana University, and welcome the drive and experience she brings to the More than Me team. Stay tuned for more as the summer heats up!
We have been in a whirlwind the last few weeks, but we wanted to make sure we gave you an update on our last fundraiser. On Saturday, June 4th, we held our largest fundraiser to date – and had a blast doing it! Advisory Board of Directors member Katie Borghese and her husband Skip opened their beautiful backyard in Far Hills, New Jersey to More than Me and over 150 others for a day of carnival games, delicious barbecue, and awareness of the importance of getting girls off of the street and into school in Liberia. The theme of the day, ‘Making Dreams Come True,’ was inspired by the photo of Agnes pointing to the sky with the word “dream” displayed behind her.
Our amazing volunteers who planned this event wanted to make sure that the girls in Liberia remained at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Pictures that Katie took of the girls the last time she was in Liberia were everywhere. As each guest checked-in they received a sticker with one of the girls’ faces to wear all day, the centerpieces displayed facts about the power of girls’ education, and the large photos of the girls’ faces were strung behind the live band. A “schoolhouse” was created in the backyard as a site where people could learn more about how to give and the power of their donation. Every time a donation was made to sponsor a year of school for one child, a “school bell” was rung for all to hear! At the start of the day, the photos strung behind the band all simply displayed the word “DREAM.” Each time a year of school was sponsored, that “DREAM” was flipped over to reveal the beautiful, smiling face of a girl from the West Point area of Liberia whose dream of going to school was coming true.
The kids were encouraged to get involved, too! They had the chance to write cards to the kids in West Point, which Katie will deliver when she returns to Liberia in July. Dream Jars were also given to the kids as little piggy banks with the incentive of a returned jar resulting in a free ice cream. Parents were being dragged to buy More than Me t-shirts because the kids wanted to wear them then and there!
Katie shared the story of More than Me and the amazing street kids she met in West Point, inspiring people to give and connecting children and adults in suburban New Jersey with the children in West Point. The event raised enough money to put 24 girls in school for the next 3 years! It is so important for the girls to be able to continue their education over many years and with events like this we will be able to reach our goal of putting 100 girls in school this year and ensuring we have funding to sustain their education.
We couldn’t have been happier with the success of our first Backyard BBQ Bash! We’ve heard great things back about how much people enjoyed the chance to spend the day with their kids while helping our girls in West Point get to school – plans for the 2nd Annual Backyard BBQ are already underway…
“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” – Karen Ravn