June 1, 2012
On May 17, Firouzeh Banki and Curtis Estes graciously hosted an event in honor of Wells Bring Hope at the lovely clubhouse in the Bel Air Crest community. The evening was a great success, thanks to our hosts, dedicated volunteers, longtime supporters and new friends!
|Flower arrangements by Bouvardia|
|Catering by Craig's Crew|
Gil Garcetti, former L.A. District Attorney and Vice President of Wells Bring Hope, kicked off the evening's presentations by describing his first visit to West Africa. Gil shared photographs and anecdotes from that and subsequent trips as he explained that "water is key" to changing lives in Niger and throughout West Africa. Following Gil's remarks, WBH Founder and President Barbara Goldberg introduced a newly released video on the transformative effects of the microloans that women receive when a well is drilled. During Barbara's presentation, longtime Wells Bring Hope supporter Laurie Adami presented her with a check for $5,600 to fund a well. This will be the second well that Laurie and her family have funded!
Following the presentations, Wells Bring Hope necklaces and copies of Gil's book, Water is Key, were raffled off as guests continued to enjoy the evening.
Over the course of the evening, several guests committed to starting Water Circles. Thanks to the generosity of friends both old and new, we raised over $20,000—enough for close to four wells! Thank you, Bel Air Crest, for welcoming Wells Bring Hope into your community.