On Saturday, March 25th we hosted a Silent Auction Fundraiser in Greeley, Colorado with a wonderful selection of items and a great turnout. Jane Leuchter, our Research & Compliance Director, grew up in Greeley and worked with her mother Gin to organize the event.
Jane spoke on Pirate Radio 104.7 on Friday morning before the event, talking to the hosts of Greeley’s Morning Guys, Big Kahuna and George, about how Brighter Tanzania was formed, how she got involved, and details about when and where the event would be happening.
The John Mills Orchestra Octet, an eight-piece local jazz band, livened the place up by playing their wide range of jazz songs as attendees placed bids on the 80+ donations. Jane’s father Fred plays guitar regularly with the John Mills Orchestra, and said they enjoy getting together and jamming so they were happy to pitch in and play for the fundraiser.
Dozens of local businesses and artists donated items to the silent auction, ranging from hand-thrown pottery vases to Eagles hockey tickets to cat-themed gift baskets to beautiful watercolor paintings. There were also smaller items like Brighter Tanzania shirts available for immediate sale at a table that also held information about our students and sponsorship program.
The Greeley Tribune wrote an article about the event focusing on Jane's family and their local connections: Greeley family ties help in putting on fundraiser for school children in Tanzania. The piece features interviews with Jane and her parents, Fred and Gin.
We raised $2,648 total at the event. Thanks to everyone who came out and helped make this fundraiser a success!