News & Updates:
Our Launching Gala raised about $20,000. Funds will be used to begin constructing the Annie T. Doe Memorial Academy in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County Liberia, in October!
The Official launching GALA for the Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation was held on Saturday, August 13th, at The Embassy Suites, 5400 John Hammons, Concord, NC. 150 people together with 21 businesses and churches supported the event. A total of 125 guests attended the event. The key objectives of the GALA were to raise awareness about the foundation which has been in existence for about 5 months and raise funds to begin the Annie T. Doe Memorial Academy construction, a facilitate that will be used to provide free primary education to 200 Liberian children. The event raised about $20,000. Many thanks to the generosity of our guests, sponsors and other community-spirited people, churches and companies who all contributed!
The funds raised will go towards the renovation of the Academy to provide free primary education to 200 Liberian children. See Academy design and work in progress in Liberia.
The evening kicked off with an hour of Meet and Greet and silent auction displaying goods generously donated by Belk, Reeds Jewelry, Beauty Express, along with the Foundation’s T-Shirts and Mugs. The silent auction was followed by a 3-course dinner and program in the Grand Ballroom of the Concord Convention Center in the Embassy Suites.
The program opened with prayer offered for the Foundation by Brian Boyles, Senior Pastor, North side Baptist Church.
Prayer was also offered for Liberia by Salah Faraj, Senior Pastor, Kingdom Destiny Ministries International.
Mrs. Rachel Robinson welcomed our guest to the occasion after Decontee Manney, Master of Ceremony formally opened the program.
Tribute was paid to the late Annie T. Doe, by Ruth Doe Reeves on behalf of her nine children. Our founder is the last of Annie T. Doe 9 children. Annie T. Doe, though not educated formally, she was an advocate of education and believes in educating the community.
Master Francis Sio, III, introduced his mother, Mrs. Saya Doe-Sio, founder and Chairman of the Annie T. Doe Foundation.
Our Founder and Chairman presented the foundation’s background, objectives and short and long term goals followed by a video presentation about her recent trip to Liberia in December and ongoing efforts in Sugar Cane Farm, Grand Bassa, Liberia.
Francis Sio presented the foundation’s accomplishments and the 1st Annie T. Doe Foundation Humanitarian Award to Benjamin Sanvee, Founder & Chairman of the NuVsionPAC.
Benjamin Sanvee, Founder & Chairman of the NuVsionPAC, upon receiving his award, among other things, noted that it is on the shoulders of people like our founder, society draws great strength.
The program included a remark from the Liberian Ambassador, key Note speaker of the evening, Honorable William Bull, who was introduced by Mr. Togba Doe.
The The Ambassador’s speech echoed the clarion call for all Liberians and friends of Liberia to collaborate in the on-going nation-building efforts. As such, Ambassador Bull re-iterated the Liberian Government’s commitment to work with all concerned individuals and or groups, especially Liberians in the diaspora, who intend to contribute to re-building the nation of Liberia.
The program concluded with vote of thanks by Mrs. Caroline Doe.
Our Platinum and Gold guests were all presented with gift bags containing key souvenirs about the Foundation.
On behalf of the Advisory board, officers and members of the Annie. T. Doe Memorial Foundation, we first express our thanks and appreciation to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who granted this foundation Favor before its establishment. We sincerely express our deepest gratitude to all our Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze guests who made the sacrifice to financially support this effort amidst the growing economic crisis. We also thank our sponsors who donated gifts for the silent auction.
A special thanks to our CHAMPION, MICHAEL O’BRIEN, FOR DESIGNING THE ACADEMY!
A huge thank you to all those that attended! It will all be happening again next year and we hope we can count on your continued support in 2012.
The Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation Team
The Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation Team