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Saturday, December 14, 2013


The third annual OPEN HEARTS BIG DREAMS Seattle 2013 has bold goals of hosting 300 guests and raising $90,000 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 2012, 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 2013, 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.


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

  • Opening two just-built learning centers (kindergarten and children's libraries) in the Kembata-Tembaro region.
  • Initiating a brand-new horse mobile library project that reaches rural children with no access to school.
  • Helping teenage girl runners--who find themselves alone and vulnerable in Addis Ababa--become part of creating literacy teams and their own futures.




Attend Open Hearts Big Dreams!


Saturday, December 14, 2013

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 - $45

Silver Patron - $75

Gold Patron - $100



Tables seat 8 most comfortably but can seat 10 guests (please inform us in advance if bringing more than 8).


Patron Table (seats 8) - $360

Silver PatronTable (seats 10) - $450

Gold Patron Table (seats 10) - $600




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


Questions about buying your Tickets or reserving your Table? Contact Amy Ng:


Donate Funds!


Visit this link to donate:


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


Visit this link for information on how to donate by check or phone:


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:


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. Think about what might be right for you or your business and check back to this page for more information coming soon.


Why Help?


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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