A premiere screening of "Lion," the new Harvey Weinstein film based on a true story was held to great success to support the African Dream Academy on Monday, November 14, 2016, at the Paris Theater in Manhattan. First treated to cocktails and refreshments at the theater, moviegoers enjoyed the moving story of a four-year-old child of India who survives extreme poverty and difficult circumstances through his courage and the opportunity to receive a good education, a story very similar to those of ADA students. Thanks to our wonderful donors, the benefit raised more than $22,000 to help ADA continue to provide its 700 students a free education and good healthcare.
The ADA Foundation expresses its special thanks to the 2016 Benefit Chairs, Natasha Bergreen, Freeda Fawal-Farah, Amandine Freidheim, and Heidi Leiser and their committee for a very successful benefit.
An evening of cocktails and refreshments, dancing, and a silent auction was held to benefit ADA's children at the Brick Presbyterian Church, 60 East 92nd Street, from 6:30 - 9:30 pm. The MC for the evening was CBS News Anchor Maurice Du Bois and special guests included Katie Couric and Dr. Susan Henderson, President of the New Jersey City University, which is forming a new partnership with ADA to strengthen the academic programs of both organizations.
On Wednesday afternoon, March 16, 2016, a Family Benefit was held at the 86th Street City Cinemas, at which children and families were treated to a special pre-screening of Paramount Pictures' "The Little Prince," based on the classic story by Antoine de Saint- Exupery. Popcorn and other refreshments were served to all moviegoers as they were whisked away into space to the magical world of the little prince. Thanks to everyone who attended, the benefit raised over $11,000, which will directly help the students of ADA continue their education.
In March 2015 the Board of Directors of Rotary International announced that their organization was conferring its 2014-15 "Service Above Self" Award to Rev. Samuel Enders, a Rotarian and the Founder and Executive Director of the African Dream Academy in Liberia. The award was created to recognize Rotarians who truly embody the Rotary's motto of "Service above Self" and is considered the highest honor to be bestowed on a Rotarian. Rev. Enders was selected as one of 150 Rotarians so honored this year from a group of more than 384 exemplary nominees.
On March 11, 2015, the African Dream Academy Foundation (ADAF) held a Family Benefit pre-screening of Disney's Cinderella at the 86th Street City Cinemas Theater for over 500 children and their parents. The Benefit was an enormous success, raising net proceeds of over $26,000 for the students of the African Dream Academy in Monrovia, Liberia. ADAF is very grateful to the 86th Street City Cinemas Theater and to all the Fairy Godmother, Prince Charming, and Glass Slipper donors who gave so generously to this event.
In the midst of the Ebola crisis gripping Liberia over eight months in 2014-15, forty-plus members of the University Glee Club of New York City (UGC) gave an outstanding performance at the Brick Presbyterian Church on February 3, 2015, to raise badly-need funds for the African Dream Academy Foundation's Ebola Fund. Under the baton of Maestro Francisco J. Nunez, UGC members performed a wonderful medley of classical and popular songs for male voices in the Church's sanctuary. All proceeds directly helped pay for the educational and medical supplies that the African Dream Academy in Liberia (ADA) needed in its fight against Ebola. The Foundation is very grateful to the UGC for its support, which helped save many lives in ADA's local community.
The West African country of Liberia has recently suffered the worst outbreak of the Ebola virus in the history of the disease. During the height of the crisis ADA stepped into this terrifying situation by organizing 340 volunteers to educate people in the local community about how to avoid contracting Ebola and by distributing gallon containers of chlorinated water to families and orphanages to prevent contamination.
ADA Executive Director Samuel Enders and his volunteers led this effort by visiting 10,000 homes and 50,000 people, and distributed over 1,800 gallon containers of chlorinated water, 6,000 bags of chlorine and 6,000 bags of bleach. They also retrofitted and donated an ambulance to the local community where none existed, and helped to save additional lives by providing emergency food and water to families in need. Fortunately, due to the courage and resourcefulness of Liberians like Sam and his volunteers, plus the enormous contributions of the world community, since March 1, 2015, the Ebola epidemic in Liberia has been largely brought under control.
ADA's April 28th Benefit Dance for a Chance to Change a Life with 80s band Rubix Kube and singer extraordinaire Ashley Gramins was a great foot-stomping, swinging success with over 300 tickets sold and more than $94,000 raised for ADA, with pledges still coming in. ADA Founder Rev. Samuel Enders thanked everyone for their generous support, as did Brick School Director Lydia Spinelli and Brick Church Senior Pastor Rev. Michael Lindvall.
The first Family Benefit for ADA was held on March 13th for parents and their children at 86th Street City Cinemas, where they were treated to a pre-screening of the Muppets Most Wanted movie. A total of 383 tickets were sold and over $9,000 raised. Special thanks go to our volunteers and to Robert Smerling, President of Reading Interntional and his wife, Dr. Kathryn Smerling,, who donated the theater for this event.
On Thursday, April 19th, 2012, a benefit concert was held in a specially created "Dream Lounge" at the Brick Presbyterian Church in the City of New York with Emcee Katie Couric, singer Ashley Gramins with her band, and 'special guests, 80s tribute band Rubix Kube and West African drummer M'Bemba. Over $100,000 was raised by the event for ADAF, thereby providing the funds to lease and renovate the current ADA School facility, as well as provide much of the operating budget for the first academic school year.
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