Friday, December 03, 2010
What is the Change Maker's Ball?
Every year, Self Help Africa recognizes and celebrates the change that we see among the communities with whom we work.
Each year, tens of thousands more people will start a small business, have more than enough produce to eat and sell, introduce a new income to their homes, educate their children and expand their horizons because of Self Help Africa’s work in four key areas: food security, developing entrepreneurs, women and climate change.
Self Help Africa believes that working with communities in these four areas is the only lasting solution to breaking the cycle of poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa.
All funds raised at our Change-Makers Ball will go straight to supporting people – women, men, families and communities so that they have the tools and knowledge to be able to lift themselves out of poverty.
We aim to recognize four individuals who have put their names and support behind each cause to help to blaze a path to change for Africa. These are Self Help Africa’s Ambassadors for Change.
Our black tie event will showcase the four areas that we work in, and recognize our ambassadors for helping to bring change to the lives of so many.
Join us at the Ambassador’s for Change Ball to understand how we are working with communities in Africa to empower people to change their own lives, and how you can be a part of that change.
Margaret Brennan, a business reporter and host of Bloomberg TV’s “InBusiness with Margaret Brennan,” will act as master of ceremonies for the evening, which is sponsored by Digicel and includes a champagne and cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing to live music. The expected 400+ crowd of guests will be luminaries from the worlds of international business, finance, sports, diplomacy, publishing, philanthropy and development.
To toast the celebration, guests will have the chance to sip a signature Change-Maker's Cocktail, created especially for the night by two top tastemakers: World-renowned Chef Nils Norén is the former Executive Chef of Aquavit and now the Vice President of Culinary and Pastry Arts at New York’s French Culinary Institute and the Italian Culinary Academy, and he was a 2009 competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters”; Norén will joined by his colleague, Dave Arnold, the Technology Director at the French Culinary Institute and an expert on high-tech cocktails. Together, the talented duo will prepare both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions of their original cocktail blend.
Another highlight of the ball will be when Patrick Tully of PR/PR (Player Relations/Public Relations) takes the stage to lead a live auction featuring an array of exclusive international trips, unique experiences, sporting event tickets, golf outings, luxury products and more.
To showcase Self Help Africa’s four key focus areas – improving food security, helping farmers cope with climate change, developing entrepreneurs and investing in women’s start-up businesses – the Change-Maker’s Ball will honor four Ambassadors for Change, individuals who have put their names and support behind each cause.
The 2010 Self Help Africa Ambassadors for Change are:
Ambassador for Entrepreneurs: Heather James, Principal and Director of Research, Federal Street Partners, LLC.
Ambassador for Women: Ciara Smyth, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Ambassador for Food Security: Ronan Downs, Owner, Beckett’s Bar & Grill on New York’s historic Stone Street.
Ambassador for Climate Adaptation: Denis Hickie, Irish rugby legend and currently with Mainstream Renewable Power.