by Lisa Addeo
On the evening of October 16th over 200 people came to The Art Benefit to support the students of Northrise University through art and entertainment.
The tent was filled with excited guests as they dined on fabulous food and were energized by musical guests, Molly Jensen and The Pawn Shop Kings. The gallery was filled with original art and photography by Justin Clark, Joe Curran, Linda Lawler, Kim Hapke, Larry McAdams, Sandra Ortega, Brett Hillyard, Raymond G. Otis, Sandra Ortega, Dave Cheatham, Tony Elliot and Sabra Gertsch.
Back in the tent the crowd came together to raise money for the “Give Me 5” campaign. As they enjoyed endless delicious food they understood that 8,000 miles away the students of NU faced a different story. A story that says the average Zambian eats only one meal per day! That is why they came together that night, so they could change that story for the students of NU. For just $5, a student can eat for a week at Northrise. So they raised their glasses and joined in to make sure that the students could enjoy a good meal every single day.
At the evening’s close the total amount raised was $15,000! As the lights dimmed and the tent came down we stood humbled by our supporters’ generosity. We looked around and asked ourselves how in such a crazy economic time can the generosity of others continue to flow towards Northrise? It is simple; they came and they gave because like you and I, they wanted to be part of the change God is doing in Zambia. Join us as we continue this change together