On August 24th Light Up Hope had the pleasure of introducing the community of Steamboat to the community of Kitale, Kenya. Under the shade of a grove of Aspen trees on private property on the outskirts of Steamboat Springs, Colorado 35 guests came to hear about the work we are doing to build a new orphan refuge in Kitale. The guests dined on gourmet “Kenyan Fusion Food” with a 5 course menu that highlighted the produce that will be grown on the farm in Kitale as well as the produce that was grown on the vegetable garden located on the Steamboat property. Guests sampled many delicious items including; baked Tilapia with mango salsa to spotlight the fish farming that will be used for income generating purposes, avocado and goat cheese appetizers, plenty of fresh fruit, Kenyan spiced pulled pork and kale salad, while hearing about the opportunities the new orphan refuge will present for the children in the care of Hands with Hope Safe House.
Food, Beverage and a live band were all donated enabling 100% of the proceeds of the event to be used towards development of the new Kitale farm property. With a total of 32 donations we were gifted with an additional $4,370. That leaves only $9,630 needed to finalize the land purchase in Kitale. With $48,483 in donations collected so far this year we are in a great position to meet our goal of disbursing $57,000 in grants to Hands with Hope Safe House in 2012!
A Big THANK YOU to all who made the event a success, for your open ears, open hearts and generosity with your time and money!