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African Sky Holds Sixth Annual Benefit
October 23, 2012

Over one hundred fifty people came together in Akron on Firday, October 12th to support African Sky at an annual benefit. Guests sorted over hundreds of silent auction items including an autographed Cleveland Brown's football, vacation stays in Maine and South Carolina, lake get-aways, baskets filled with toys like American Greetings' Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake, and much more.

While vying for auction items, guests enjoyed African dance and drumming by Becky Bickford, Harry Pepper, Rex Bacon, and JJ Belic, heavy hors d'oeuvres, cookies from Sweet Souls Bakery, and a presentation by Dr. Lacy, African Sky Executive Director. The entire night was a celebration of the accomplishments of the African Sky community that is rooted in the greater Akron area. "Beyond Mali, the African Sky family reaches from California to Georgia, and Florida to Nova Scotia, but Northeast Ohio is our home," said Executive Director Scott Lacy. In 2004, African Sky was founded in Munroe Falls where Dr. Lacy grew up and has ties to local schools including Lacy's alma maters, Stow High School, Kimpton and Indian Trail.

African Sky has grown into an organization that helps bridge communities to transform lives through education, food security, community development, income-generating activities, and crisis intervention. A non-profit organization, African Sky is confronting the effects of extreme poverty in Mali, West Africa. The volunteer organization was founded on the value and significance of sharing global resources in a manner that is beneficial and respectful to all. Discussing a founding principle, Dr. Lacy comments, "Malians may live in one of the poorest countries in the world but they don't need hand outs. Malians are hardworking industrious people with humbling generosity and a wealth of close-knit communities. What they need, what any of us need, is friends." See the work our community has accomplished for yourself in the video series, "On the Ground with African Sky".

The annual benefit, African Sky's primary fundraiser, started in Ohio six years ago. This year's benefit raised funds to benefit African Sky's 10 Schools - 1,000 lives project, building schools in rural Malian villages. African Sky has impacted the lives of thousands of children and their families through its first school in rural West Africa and will have a second school ready for students by the end of the year. 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. African Sky continues to raise funds for their efforts in West Africa including the 10 school - 1,000 lives project. .