This, is a serious Blackjack table in midtown Manhattan. Except not at all, because these people are having fun, and supporting kids who some day aspire to see the bright lights, but whose attention is focused on helping their own family, and themselves.
On the other side of the room, some Poker stars are vying to win all the chips, the pot, to establish their mastery of the game. Except that they are also having more fun than they’ve had since last year, when they played the same guys, and hit that river card for a flush, and knew that they were just lucky, but knew that they were helping the kids and their families, 7,000 miles away, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This is the Eighth annual Friends of Fresh and Green Casino Night and it happens at 7pm on Monday September 26th, 2016 at Connolly’s Pub Klub 45 on West 45th Street. You can be a part of this, in New York City, and help 200 kids conquer the cycle of poverty to learn and grow into providers for their families. Your advance $250 buy-in will get you $2,500 worth of chips ($275 after Sept. 17) and re-buys are available. Proceeds go to our Do You Believe in Miracles campaign to help the school buy the land it sits on and take control of its own financial destiny.
Get Your Tickets Now! . This is gonna be good.
We had a HUGE amount of help from our new and old friends in L.A. and the result was a resounding success! Not only were we entertained by our very polished dance couples and Marvin Glover’s Band, but we raised thousands of dollars in donations, raffles and the silent auction to help Fresh and Green Academy buy their school property in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
We were honored by the presence of Milica Kennedy Kastner, who flew in From London to accept the Emissary of Excellence Award for her work in championing human rights.
A special congratulations to our Dancing with the Stews Mirror Ball competition winners Jutem Lee and Ron Wild of San Diego and heartfelt thanks to the great efforts of Lam Nguyen, Merle Norman, Jeff White and Brian Nguyen to put together flawless routines and raise money for our cause at the same time!
We would also like to thank everyone for coming out to the spectacle, we hope you were lucky enough to win a prize, and we are glad you took the time to learn about and support our kids and their families at the Fresh and Green Academy.
Muday – The Heart and Soul of Fresh and Green Academy
Friends of Fresh and Green Academy was inspired by the Fresh and Green Academy in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, a school founded 12 years ago by a local Ethiopian teacher, Muday Mitiku. Friends of Fresh and Green helps support the children of the academy with funds for food, education, and a safe environment so Muday can continue the school and its crucial work within the larger community.
Muday was born an only child in Kasanchis, Addis Ababa. She was enrolled in a private school from kindergarten and continued there until the sixth grade, after which she enrolled in government school; Garji. She has been a member of the Baha’i religion from the age of nine and started teaching children at the Baha’i center when she was fifteen.
Muday started her secondary education at Bole Medaham then joined a teachers college; B.G.K. in 1999 for a diploma in teaching and later pursued Business Management at City College.
Muday’s teaching and business training, as well as her experience teaching at the Baha’i center, motivated her to open her own learning institution. She started Fresh and Green as a “for profit” kindergarten in 2000 with a business partner. When she started to bring in kids off the streets, free of charge, the school lost money. Muday soon partnered with Friends of Fresh and Green Academy and, with hard work, dedication, and help from many generous donors, the school has since become a beacon of hope for the community.
Today, with help from many people, Fresh and Green Academy is providing 125 in-need children with education and nutrition. Along with the government required curriculum, the students enjoy classes in Art, Music, English, Computers, and Values and Morals. The children and their families are now drinking clean water as well.
Muday is a friend, wife, mother, and visionary. Her passion has become our passion and Muday’s dream has become our dream. Together we all can make a difference in the world.