By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Special Interest | Issue: April 2012
The 3rd annual Kwero fundraising event will help transform the lives of these orphans living in Uganda.
You are invited to a night of celebration – a celebration of transforming lives that have been given new hope for 48 orphans in Lira, Uganda. Proceeds from Kwero 2012, Project Hope Worldwide’s 3rd annual auction and dinner, will go towards the continued construction of homes and a school at Calo Me Lare (also known as “Village of Redemption”). You won’t want to miss this exciting night of delicious food and great entertainment – all for a great cause.
Kwero will be held Friday, April 20, 2012 in the ballroom at the Historic Mayo Hotel, located at 115 West Fifth Street in downtown Tulsa. Doors open at 6 p.m., when the silent auction begins, and dinner and the live auction begin at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.projecthopeworldwide.org beginning March 1.
A few of the auction items up for grabs include vacations to Panama Beach, a catered dinner for 10 at the Smoke, a suite for 20 for a Drillers game, personally autographed cookbooks by Trisha Yearwood, a year of lawn service, four tickets to the Rangers versus Astros game, a night’s stay at the Price Tower Inn in Bartlesville, four club seats to see James Taylor in concert, photography sessions, a Starbucks gift basket, two tickets to an OU football game, golf games, and more, with additional items being added frequently.
Special musical guest The Groove Merchants will provide entertainment throughout the evening. The Groove Merchants experience combines a high-energy show with great danceable music. Providing people with exceptional entertainment since 1988, the band prides itself on being the most fun group of professional musicians in the Southwest. Transitions from soft dinner jazz to rockin’ dance music are smooth and seamless.
“Kwero has proven to be such a great event, not only in raising funds for orphans, but also bringing people into awareness of the reality of Uganda and the children – all while having a great evening filled with food, fun and dancing!” says Project Hope Worldwide’s VP of Finance and Child Sponsorships Kelley Compton.
Formed in 2008, Kwero was created to extend a helping hand to the orphans of Uganda and to make a true and lasting difference. Before living at the orphanage, many of the 48 children were parentless, hungry, sick and unwanted. Take for instance the story of Dickens, who was beaten and left for dead after a violent and deadly attack on his village by the Lord’s Resistance Army. But now Dickens is a happy and thriving boy who loves learning and making friends. By attending Kwero 2012, your generous giving will go towards the continual building of more homes for the orphans, as well as a school building where they will receive the best education possible. You can make a real difference in the life of Dickens and all the other children living at Calo Me Lare.
The stated mission of Project Hope Worldwide is: “Redeeming defenseless and vulnerable children, providing them hope and opportunity to change their world.” Sponsorships are available for Kwero 2012. For the most up-to-date info on the event, visit the Kwero blog at kwero2012.blogspot.com.
Each village will be comprised of:
• 32 homes providing a safe, nurturing, and structured environment for 256 children who are total orphans
• A school based on the Classical Christian model. Children from the community are invited to be educated at Calo Me Lare as well.
• A medical clinic that extends its services to the surrounding area
• A community development/vocational training center
• A church that is both transformational and missional is planted in the center of the village
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.