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.
beautiful evening will be a lively celebration
of the cuisine, music, art, and poetry of
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.
ATTEND OPEN HEARTS BIG DREAMS!
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.
Patron - $50
Patron Table (seats 8) - $400
Silver Patron Table (seats 8) - $650
Gold Patron Table (seats 8) - $900
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
*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: ethiopiareads.worldsecuresystems.com/openheartsdonation
Enter the amount of your donation in the “Other Amount” text box.
donate by check:
1516 West Lake St, Suite 107
Minneapolis MN 55408
DONATE AN ITEM FOR SALE IN OUR AUCTION!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
BE A SPONSOR!
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 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.