May 19, 2010
An assortment of exotic items, inspirational keynote speakers, a daring challenge fund, and an array of succulent desserts highlighted Global Visionaries’ “Fiesta de Guatemala” auction gala. Held on May 8th at the Jerry Brockey Conference Center at South Seattle Community College, GV’s 2010 Auction raised $130,000 in donations, setting the bar high for future fundraising events.
The 340 attendees were privileged to listen to two remarkable keynote speakers, Sandra Aracely Ordonez and Charissa Shoecraft, deliver powerful testimonies about their personal stories and relationship with GV.
“Just as GV has helped me change my life, GV has also given many children the opportunity to learn to read and write by building schools in villages that had none before,” Ordonez said in her speech. “This gives hope to the children and the community.”
Sandra is a Cakchikel Mayan woman from Guatemala who is in the United States working with EarthCorps. Charissa is a student at Rainier Beach High School who attended the 2010 spring trip.
“You hear so many people say that youth are the future but not many programs give youth the opportunity to be in leadership positions and experience the power of the world first hand,” Shoecraft said. “GV is truly empowering the next generation.”
During the live auction, Board Member Alison McCaffree challenged everyone in the audience to raise $6,300 to match the amount of money raised by people who wanted to attend the auction but could not. She successfully got 63 people to donate $100 right on the spot.
The “Fiesta de Guatemala” would not have been possible without the help of our students, parents, staff, and numerous volunteers who helped procure items, raise money, and host the auction.