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African Sky Silent Auction Benefit set for October 18th, 2013
October 1, 2013

It is not often that a night of food and fun can change the lives of people across the globe. Join African sky for a night of music, food and shopping and fight the effects of extreme poverty in Mali, West Africa. A seventh annual silent auction, featuring local drumming sensation Olu Manns, will be held on October 18, 2013 from 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. at the St. George Fellowship Center, 3204 Ridgewood Road in Akron. Tickets are available at the door, $25 for adults, children 12 and under are FREE!

The theme of the night, a celebration of hope, will commemorate the work of the volunteer organization and the impact their efforts have realized. Local musician Olu Manns has traveled the world performing, studying and teaching African percussion. Manns will perform rhythms that he has been perfecting for years giving guests a taste of West Africa right here in Akron. Guests will also enjoy an open bar, and silent auction to fund educational programs for children and adults, build cereal banks, improve health conditions in rural villages and much more.

African Sky, founded in Northeast Ohio, works to assist hard working families in rural West Africa through programs organized under five pillars: education, food security, community development, income-generating activities, and crisis intervention. Tamba Traore, African Sky's northern Mali director, explains, "From support for people with disabilities to promoting food security through income generating activities and education, African Sky is doing a lot for people in Mali. We are proving that with a little money you can accomplish a lot of work and touch many lives. He continued, "good leaders look after their people before taking care of themselves."

Whether completing a new school that serves another 100 children annually, holding a third annual women's summit that mentors rural women in business development across Mali, or working with local students from schools in Northeast Ohio to develop programs and strategies to reach out to their peers across the globe, a glimpse into any African Sky project quickly reveals the passion of the volunteers who have made this small Northeast Ohio organization a success.

African Sky's annual benefit has been the primary fundraiser for the organization since its inception ten years ago and has impacted the lives of thousands of children and families in rural villages of Mali, West Africa. Traore expresses his gratitude for the exchange African Sky has brought to his country, "For the past ten years, African Sky has been creating fellowship between Malians and Americans. Every year brings more visitors who leave as friends. They come to learn about our culture and realities, the interactions we share are advantageous for both sides. People who know each other love each other. Together we make a difference."

African Sky urges you to consider how easy it is to reach across the globe, to a country of industrious, innovative, and generous individuals fighting for their families and communities.