Our guests were greeted by the West African-styled beats of the Drumbuds. They then proceeded to the beautifully-decorated hall, and had a chance to examine the wide range of quality goods and services in the silent auction. Guests began placing their bids, and wine, beer and soft drinks were available from the cash bar. AIDS Angels and other crafts were available for sale, with the Angels being part of the table decorations.
Once everyone was seated, Tina Filipino led us in several spirited songs and rounds. These were followed by a reprise of the Grannie’s Flash Mob dance, this time in beautiful homemade aprons, which were available for sale.
A delicious gourmet meal was once more provided by Tria Catering. Then came the highlight of the evening: our master of ceremonies, Joanne C., introduced Idah Mukuka Nambeya, the senior advisor for the Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Idah is based in Lusaka, Zambia, and held us spellbound with stories and photographs of grandmothers who had found practical help, hope, and the strength to speak out for their rights, through Foundation-supported initiatives. She reminded us how important it was to allow African communities to take the lead in initiating projects. She gave an impassioned plea that we not forget that Canadian grandmothers had vowed not to rest until their African sisters could rest. To learn more about Idah, click here.
The evening ended with opportunities for guests to increase their bids on silent auction items, and for those whose bidding was successful, to purchase their items.
Grannies had worked extremely hard to make the evening a success, and were delighted that our guests enjoyed the lively atmosphere, the excellent food, the entertainment, and the silent auction.
The evening raised over $11,900 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation
Thank you to the following who loaned items to decorate our hall: Joyce and Bill Jay, Pam and Dennis Folker, Art Knapp’s Plantland, and Fabricland.
A big thank you to the Laughing Oyster Book Shop and Blue Heron Books for helping with our ticket sales.