Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Free Release Tuesday: 2nd Annual "A Night for African Education" Gala March 11

Join the Indigenous Education Foundation (IEFT) on March 11 for A Night for African Education at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace. The second annual event is being hosted by Chicago resident and IEFT volunteer, Drury Lane Producer Abbie DeSantis, who became involved with IEFT in early November 2008 while pursuing a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate in northern Tanzania. Abbie found that her journey to Tanzania and time spent at Orkeeswa Secondary School was one of the most worthwhile and rewarding experiences of her life.

Enjoy a gourmet dinner, full host bar, live music, silent auction, and Fair-Trade Maasai Jewelry & Crafts all for a spectacular cause – learning more about education in East Africa and supporting solutions to global poverty.

2nd Annual “A Night for African Education” Gala
Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 7:30 PM
Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrance, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181
Pre-sale tickets: $50/person, $90/couple, $300/table of 8, $375/table of 10
Day-of-event tickets: $75/person at the door

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.ieftz.org or email info@ieftz.org.


The Tanzanian culture, Maasai people, as well as IEFT’s impact on local communities had such a positive influence on Abbie, she felt compelled to return in March 2009 to volunteer for another month at Orkeeswa. She is hoping to build awareness of the cause locally by hosting an event aimed at raising funds for the continued operation of Orkeeswa Secondary School.

“I am honored to be hosting A Night for African Education for the second year in a row,” said Abbie DeSantis, IEFT volunteer and supporter. “I hope that everyone will come out and support such a great cause."

Guests will enjoy a presentation given by guest speaker, Ashley Holmer, Co-Founder & Executive Director of IEFT. Ashley will share her personal stories about working within local and international communities to create sustainable change, and the organization’s successes and progress in providing quality, affordable education for children in rural Tanzania. Other Chicago-area residents who have volunteered with IEFT will also share their stories of working with the organization to help change lives of children in Tanzania.

About the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFT)
The Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFT) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community-collaborative organization that provides quality, affordable secondary education to under-served indigenous children in rural Tanzania. IEFT empowers children to positively transform their own lives, improve their communities and break the cycle of extreme poverty, while working to preserve their culture and traditions. Through the development of Orkeeswa Secondary School in Lashaine Village, IEFT provides secondary education to children who have no hope of continuing their education past primary school. The opportunity to receive further education is the key to escaping extreme poverty for students and their families. www.ieftz.org.

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