Our inaugural fundraising gala for Global Orphan Prevention was a smashing success! The number of high-level humans under one roof with a single purpose to create change was incredible.
Thank you all so much for joining us on our journey. The energy and love about the room on Saturday night created such a buzz, and it's all because of you.
The objective was to raise funds for our Girls Empowerment Center in Nuwakot Nepal, reducing the 25% of adolescent girls who are abducted annually and sold to the for-profit orphan homes and Indian brothels. Any remaining Gala revenue would seed our brand new Denver program!
Our on-stage program began by showing a documentary that Charlie Whiskey helped me film and edit, taking the viewer through our long-standing missing girls' investigation in Nepal and India. We finished by outlining the vision to help the girls in the region we operate through the implementation of our very first Empowerment Center & Dormitory. Establishing this center and educational facility will challenge the inequality built by an oppressive system and transform young girls into independent free thinkers. By providing girls an educational environment conducive to their learning potential, it will positively impact local and frontier economies and ultimately set them up to be leaders in their communities.
There is one commonality regarding the rise of young women, there is one thing that everyone needs to create success and fulfillment in this world, and that starts with education and realizing their potential.
I stated in my Keynote that we needed to raise $85K to build the first center. I’m happy to say we grossed $113,643 through the live auction, silent auction, ticket sales, sponsorships, and the after-party.
This is our first-ever event of this magnitude and was produced by 100% volunteers (except the bartenders) and we got 90% of the product & services donated.
Because of an incredible team of dedicated volunteers and in-kind donors, we netted around $95K, exceeding our goal, and achieving something unheard of for a first-year gala.
It also means we have money left over to begin our Denver program, which will address the foster care system and the fact that 80% of human trafficking victims in America have once been a product of it (stay tuned for the debut later this year).
It’s amazing what happens when a small group of dedicated humans from Denver Colorado decide they want to create large systemic change. Each and every person plays an integral part – some small, some large – but never doubt that all our needed on this journey.
I fly to Nepal in October and will be blogging from the field and providing updates.
Thank you again for helping us exceed our goal and build our Empowerment Center. I am so happy that you are joining us on this journey.
Katie Hilborn Founder & CEO Global Orphan Prevention
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