Africa Night thanks you!

Oct 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Updates

Thank you so much to you – the Bowen Island community – for your incredible support of Africa Night, the fundraiser for the Africa Village Project Association on Saturday, October 1st. The BICS gym was transformed into an exotic African restaurant, with a “Watering Hole”, a colourful canopied stage, and a beautiful bevy of bamboo plants. To everyone who turned out to enjoy the dinner, the band and the dancing – thank you! Your support for the Project was tremendous.

A special thanks goes to our dear friend Michelle Meyrink, who had the initial idea for Africa Night. She also brought us an extraordinary ready-made planning committee: Deb Thomson, Kerri Franz, Tiffanee Scorer and Kelly Santiago. They also worked on every single other aspect of the event as well, including decorating, washing dishes, etc. Words can hardly express our gratitude for these enthusiastic, energetic, and creative angels.

The delicious authentic Ethiopian dinner was provided by Harambe Restaurant of east Vancouver – thanks to Ezane and Daniel for creating and introducing the meal. Our appreciation goes out to our servers: Anne Wilson, Deb Bramm and Matthew Smith, Diane and Gary Charette, Diane LeClair, Ellen Hyakawa, Karen Watson and Wil Hilsen, Lorraine Ashdown and Andrew Stone, and Marianna and Adam Holbrook.

The Kokoma African Heritage Dance and Drum Ensemble featuring MaObong Oku thrilled us with their drumming, dancing and acrobatics. Thanks so much to them and to their rep, Kelli Kramer. We are grateful to Cam Hayduk for his awesome emceeing and dance music, and to his “roadies” Jill Cowie and David Morris. Special thanks go to David Cameron for getting the dancing started, and to Miles Hayes, who single-handedly raised $85.00 in loin cloth donations.

A huge shout-out goes to everyone who helped with setting up, staffing the booths and the kitchen, and tearing down: Agnes Vizjak, Anne and Chris Wilson, Barb and Roger Purdy, Barb Bingham, Cathy Buchanan, Cindi Keep, Cynthia Lanyon, Damian and Rosemarie Leverton, Dan Parke, Dave Dobson, Deb Bramm, Dominique and Gian Perroni, Doug Hooper, Frank Gish, Gavin Scorer, Jacqueline Massey, Jennifer Hall, Jill Cowie, Joanna Mereu, John Dumbrille, Julie and Kye Jensen, Katherine Gish, Kathryn Thomson, Lawrence Sparling, Lise Cote, Lorraine Ashdown, Marjan Schedler, Michelle Issak, Natalia Cowen, Nicola Murray, Pamela and Brian Creswick, Pamela Matthews, Pauline Weir, Phil Kemp, Sonia Usmiani, and Tim and Donna Scorer. Thanks also to Stacey Beamer, who oversaw much of the set-up and took a lot of stuff back and forth in his truck.

We send our appreciation to Phoenix Photos for selling tickets and to Alison who phoned us to let us know we had sold out. Our thanks also go to BICS, especially Sarah Haxby and David the custodian, for their great service. We send thanks as well to Constable Bryan Mulrooney, to Peter King for his bus service, to the Undercurrent for running Lorraine Ashdown’s awesome article on MaObong Oku, and to Tiffanee Scorer, who took some great photos – thanks all!

We also would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who loaned and/or gave us stuff for the event: Anne Mann, Barbara (Bibi) Acheson, Bowen Island United Church, Island Discovery Learning Centre, Julie Cree and Artisan Eats, Katherine Gish, Kathleen Sullivan, Mary Ann Zakreski, Richard and Deborha Fortescue, The Gallery and the Tunstall Bay Community Association.

To everyone who donated and/or signed up to do monthly donations, we send a huge thanks! Kathyrn Thomson won the “Morning Coffee around Bowen”prize, certificates for coffee and breakfast at the Snug, the Village Baker, Artisan Eats and Coco West. Peg Campbell won “The Evening Run” prize, certificates for dinner for two at Blue-Eyed Mary’s, Doc Morgan, Miksa, Tuscany and Bowen Sushi. Congrats to the winners and thanks so much to the restaurants who donated.

Thanks to Tiffanee Scorer and Lorraine Ashdown for the photos used in this posting.

Please forgive us if we forgot or misspelled any names.

It takes a village to hold a fundraiser, and this village came through. We grossed about $9,500, which will help supply Okaseni Village with malaria nets. Thanks, Bowen!

Sheena Ashdown and Dale Hamilton
Directors, Africa Village Project Association

  • Autumn

    Congratulations on this very successful fundraising event, Dale and Sheena! What a huge effort it must have been to put on- I hope you’re resting up this week. And I wish that we could have come up to attend, and help out, but glad to see that so many people assisted you with this special evening.
    -Autumn and Chuck