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Saturday, December 13, 2014



Tickets to Open Hearts Big Dreams are SOLD OUT. Thank you for your interest in supporting the work of Ethiopia Reads.

Donations are still welcome.




The fourth annual OPEN HEARTS BIG DREAMS Seattle 2014 has bold goals of hosting 300 guests and raising $100,000 to allow Ethiopia Reads to do even more for more than 125,000 children it serves in Ethiopia. This beautiful evening will be a lively celebration of the cuisine, music, art, and poetry of Ethiopia, featuring Silent and Live auctions and an opportunity to learn more about Ethiopia Reads and support the organization.


In 2011, Ellenore and Michael Angelidis first hosted Open Hearts Big Dreams as a way to connect their love of reading with their love of their daughter, Leyla, and their commitment to her country of birth, Ethiopia. The $45,000 raised that year supported several programs in Ethiopia, including a kindergarten for brave and struggling families in the Merkato area of Addis Ababa.


In 2012, thanks to the amazing Seattle community, led by the Angelidis family, over $75,000 supported programs including the planting of a school library in every region of Ethiopia and the building of two learning centers in the rural area of Kembata Tembaro where many children have no access to school.


In 2013, our third event raised over $98K and supported Ethiopia Reads inspiring work including opening two learning centers in the Kembata-Tembaro region; initiating a new horse mobile library project to reach rural children and helping teenage girl runners become tutors.


All proceeds from the 2014 event will support Ethiopia Reads 2015 priorities including:


  • Supporting Book-Centered professional development to help Ethiopian teachers gain new skills.  Strong education starts with strong teachers.
  • Supporting Southern Ethiopian schools and libraries as Ethiopia Reads hires the first Awasa-based Southern Schools Officer.
  • Doubling the reach of the Ethiopia Reads horse-powered deep-rural library project that reaches rural children with no access to school and books.
  • Helping young women athletes—who find themselves alone and vulnerable in Addis Ababa—become part of creating literacy teams and build their own futures.








Saturday, December 13, 2014

6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Kings Hall, 2929 - 27th Ave S.

Seattle, WA 98144


Located behind the Mount Baker light rail station, near the intersection of Rainier Ave and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Rainier Valley.


All tickets include Ethiopian dinner, entertainment and a whole night of auction fun.


Individual Tickets

Patron - $50



Patron Table (seats 8) - $400

Silver Patron Table (seats 8) - $650

Gold Patron Table (seats 8) - $900




*Silver and Gold tables receive preferred seating; Gold tables also receive one (1) signed limited edition art print from Yadesa Bojia.


Questions about buying your Tickets or reserving your Table? Contact Julie Averill:






Visit this link to donate:


Enter the amount of your donation in the “Other Amount” text box.


To donate by check:

Ethiopia Reads

1516 West Lake St, Suite 107

Minneapolis MN 55408




We are especially looking for one-of-a-kind experiences. In the past, for example, generous supporters have donated lodgings in Greece, Paris, Santa Fe, Colorado, New York City, and Bali—a chance to vacation in an interesting place AND give Ethiopian families hope and opportunities.


Others have thought creatively about what they like to do and where they like to shop and have put together packages that helped us make a fun and interesting evening.


To offer an item or discuss an idea, contact Ellenore Angelidis:




Your business or family can make a gift to help us underwrite the costs of the event, thus ensuring that every penny donated by our guests will support Ethiopia Reads mission. We will have three different sponsorship levels. For more information, please contact Susie Carr:






Ethiopia Reads’ vision is to empower and strengthen communities through the art of learning and the science of teaching. We believe that providing quality schools, books and learning initiatives that engage both the creative and logical mind will lead to a more resourceful generation of leaders in Ethiopia.


Ethiopia Reads collaborates with Ethiopian communities to build schools, plant libraries, teach teachers, boost literacy, put pencils and paintbrushes into the hands of thousands of children, and provide youth and families with the tools to improve their lives.


In the past ten years, we have planted more than 65 libraries for children, developed successful kindergarten and after-school tutoring programs, built four schools in rural areas, and provided professional development in literacy practices for hundreds of Ethiopian educators. Now we are working to make sure all of the projects grow big dreams.


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