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ANNIE T. DOE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION – 2014 RIBBON CUTTING GALA HIGHLIGHTS
We are first grateful to God for bringing the Annie T. Doe Memorial Academy construction to completion and for another successful gala. We cannot thank all of our guests, friends, partners, supporters, and champions, enough for believing in our vision and continuing to stand with us as we work diligently to bring hope to the many impoverished women and children in Liberia, West Africa, through our educational, empowerment and health programs.
The event was held on Saturday, September 13th, at The Embassy Suites, in, Concord, NC and was sponsored by over 250 individuals, 6 churches and 6 businesses. We raised about $30,000.00, funds that will be used towards the Annie T. Doe Memorial Academy’s operational costs and other related expenses as we prepare for the enrollment of our first 75 students for the upcoming 2015 academic school year in Liberia.

The evening kicked off with a thirty minute Meet and Greet in a beautifully decorated gallery that displayed the Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation journey from inception and read the individual stories of the students and learn about their aspirations.
Our guests were then ushered into the Grand Ballroom for a 3-course dinner and full program. The night was filled with engaging performances, video footage from Liberia and inspiring speeches.
Prayers were offered by Pastor James Connor, Senior Pastor at Breath Through Ministry in Charlotte, NC, followed by welcome remarks from Leroy Foster, a member of the Foundation’s Advisory Board, after which Francis K. Sio, Jr. Master of Ceremony formally opened the evening’s program.
Our guests were entertained with special performances by The Matrimony MIME, followed by a riveting classical operatic selection by Michael Roberts, Sr. VP. TIAA-CREF which brought guests to their feet in applause.

 

Our Founder & Chairman, Saya Doe-Sio, applauded all sponsors, for standing with the Foundation in the first three years. She offered up a toast to the Foundation for three years of outstanding accomplishments and affirmed that the “future is bright”. She concluded with a story about two children both with different opportunities, one with great support, family living in an affluent community that ends up being a doctor and the other with no support and raised in a less fortunate community that ends up a nobody according to society nobody. She admonished the audience to not just sit back and do nothing but to join forces and get involved with many organizations like the Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation to help be the bridge to less fortunate communities. Her impactful speech ended with this quote “For every one of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out. The light doesn’t always necessarily have to be in your family; for me it was teachers and schools.” -Oprah Winfrey

Annie T. Doe Memorial Academy – Free Primary Christian Education

  • Completed a 6,000 square ft. facility
  • Enrolling the first 75 students (K1 & 1st Grade)
  • Providing free back packs/books/uniforms/school supplies

Women Empowerment Initiative – Free Program

  • Interest free macro-financing – 10 women US$100 each
  • Launched a monthly women’s prayer team in Liberia

Health Initiative – Free Program for Basic Health Services

  • Ebola awareness – Educate over 5,000 people
  • Donated over US$1,000 essential items for EBOLA sanitization
  • Partnership with Grand Bassa County Health Team

 

Employment Opportunities – 20 construction workers + 10 Staffs

Supporters – up to 250 individuals, 6+ churches & 6+ Businesses

Financial Update – Raised US$100,000

 

Immediately following the Chairman’s remarks, Rachel Robinson introduced Mongai Fankam, our 2014 Annie T. Doe Memorial Foundation Humanitarian Award Recipient, Mongai is a sixth grader at Carolina International School and founder of the “No Back Pack Day” initiative.

Mongai Fankam graciously accepted the award presented by our chairman and thanked the Foundation for selecting her as the 2014 honoree. Mongai captivated the guests with her heartfelt words about compassion for others and always looking for opportunities to spread hope. She attended along with her mother, Abong Frankam. Mongai and her mother are champions of hope!
Linda Reeves, also a member of the Advisory Board, led the student sponsorship call for the evening by encouraging guests to support students by individual sponsorship of tuition and school supplies. We received full sponsorships for 20 of the 75 students.
Tanya Burrell, who is head of Special Projects for the Foundation thanked everyone for their outstanding support and introduced Danstina Tucke as she prepared the audience for the ribbon cutting ceremony by singing “Greatest Love of All” by the late Whitney Houston. The program ended with an emotional final tribute led by our Chairman, Saya Doe –Sio, as she asked all of the guests to join her on stage to cut the ribbon.