1- ESFNA in Maryland-June 28th through July 4th
Join us at the Ethiopian Sports Federation of North America’s “32nd Annual Sports and Cultural Tournament” in College Park, MD.
This is the fourth year we are participating in the ESFNA Ethiopian cultural event. This is a great time to experience Ethiopian cultural and sport with out having to cross the Atlantic. The week long event hosts a number of cultural events, vendors selling Ethiopian goods and food and of, course some exciting soccer matches from the top Ethiopian teams in North America! Friends of Fresh and Green Academy will be in the non-profit section selling hand made items from the Mothers Cooperative and collecting donations for the children. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Face Book throughout the week. If you are in the DC area, please stop by and say “hello”.
2- Sponsor a Child
The children of Fresh and Green Academy attend school all year round so they are able to eat throughout the summer.
The Academy is of vital importance to the children it serves because this school is the only place they eat. While classes are scaled back during the summer, the children still attend school from 8am till 5pm, attending both academic and extra curricular classes. Summer is also a time many volunteers visit and help with English language and other life skills. Your donations through our “Child Sponsorship Program” help keep the school functioning all year round so it can continue to provide a safe and loving environment and the nourishment and care needed for the children to survive and thrive.
3- Take Part in an Upcoming Event or Volunteer.
We are planning events all summer and looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our board!
We are planning fundraising events in San Jose, CA, Portland, OR and New York City, NY in the upcoming months. If you are in one of those areas, and would like to join a planning committee or volunteer in another capacity, please contact Trish at trish@FriendsOfFreshAndGreen.com for more information.
We are also in the process of growing our board! If you have passion and are willing to “roll up your sleeves” and help with fundraising and some organizational work, we want you!
Thank you to all who came out and made a difference in the lives of the children while having a great time doing it.
It takes a lot to keep a school of 160 students that also provides meals for the children and their families running. While the task can seem daunting, it is a lot easier when we throw fun into the mix. We did just that, last month, when we hosted our 6th annual Poker/Casino Night fundraiser in New York City!
The night was filled with excitement and competition and six lucky winners took home amazing prize packages donated by so many generous companies.
The top three blackjack and poker players took home prize packages valued over $1,000 each and the final tables all received premium wine from NY Vintners and Tommy Vanik as well has haircuts from Cutting Edge Fred and massages from Physical Advantage Massage Therapy and Georgette Williams.
Our lucky raffle winner received a Proenza Schouler hand bag valued at over $1,600!
We were fortunate to have NYC Fair Trade Coalition Blogger, Amber Harkonen, in attendance. See what she had to say.
Thanks again to those who made it out and a special thank you our many sponsors. Please be sure to patronize these business:
Proenza Schouler, Dirty2Purdy, Joe Joseph’s Photography, Duxiana Bed Co., Dr. Gregg Rubinstein, Rituals Cosmetic, Red Bass Brewing, The Shubert Organization, NY Vintners, Kate Hildebrandt Structural Integration, Da Marino Restaurant, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Crema Mexican Restaurant, Louis Licari, Desmond’s Steak House, H2 Windsurfing, Aperitivo, Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Da Noi, Dana Matthow, David Allen Marketing, Advanced Skin Care, Tony Robles and Amsterdam Billiards, City Crab, Big Daddy’s, Duke’s, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with David Letterman, Robert Essel Photography, Movement Fitness, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Richart Chocolate, 46th Street Stationhouse, Georgette Williams, and Wall Street Walks
A great time was had by all and you helped us raise $11,000 for the children!
You can continue to make a difference by sponsoring a child or creating your own fundraising page and getting your friends and family involved too!
Together we can change the world!
YES I WANT TO CONTINUE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
On July 26 & 27, 2014 we will have a booth at the 4th Annual Ethiopian Heritage Festival at Georgetown University. We will be selling the Mothers Coop goods, promoting our Child Sponsorship Program, taking donations and spreading awareness. This is the first year we will be a part of the festival and are grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to some great family fun.
Please stop by if you are in the Washington DC area, the weekend is going to be spectacular!
The Ethiopian Heritage Society is “devoted to promoting Ethiopian culture through literature, music and the arts, enriching the lives of Ethiopians and Ethiopian American’s in our new adopted countries and promoting cross cultural understanding to be part of the cultural mosaic of North America.”
From the Ethiopian Heritage Society website
Last night the 31st Annual Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America, ESFNA, opened up with much fan fair!
Since 1984 ESFNA has brought Ethiopians in the US and Canada together for a week of sport and culture. Thirty one teams compete throughout the week with the finals and closing ceremonies taking place on July 5th.
The week is filled with Ethiopian music, culture and food. The atmosphere is electric as friends and family reunite n San Jose, CA for sport and celebration! The 4th of July is Ethiopian Day and is guaranteed to be a great time!
This is the third year Friends of Fresh and Green Academy has taken part as a non profit vendor and we are honored to be involved with such a great event. The warm and welcoming spirit of the Ethiopian people is unmatched. This is truly a week filled with love and fun.
For more information check out the ESFNA website and stop by if you are in the area. We would love to see you!
On May 8th, 2014 we hosted our second annual “Dancing With the Stews” fundraiser! We paired six flight attendants with six world class, champion, professional dancers for a night of entertainment and generosity.
The dancers were judged in three categories: Pre-Event Fundraising, Peoples Choice, and Judges Favorite. Tobi Kretschmer and Cindee Gennaro Sperry took home the Mirror Ball Trophy by winning overall! Fernanda Deren and Solomon Singer won the “Peoples Choice”, Andrew Williams and Esther Frances won the “Judges Favorite” and Tobi and Cindee also won the “Pre-Event Fundraising!
The night started off with a spectacular VIP reception produced by Valerie Jensen and Lou Rudy. Thank you to Juice Press and Freddy Quintos for providing the delicious raw, vegan, kosher, organic food and Dublin 6 for stocking the Bar.
Arthur Murry Manhattan provided practice space, Capezio gave shoes to all of our flight attendants and Jordy let us use their exquisite gowns.
Our Master of Ceremonies was Fox Business News anchor Cheryl Casone and she presented us with a night to remember!
This year was spectacular and everyone there had a great time. If you were unable to make it you can watch the recording of the live stream and still make a donation to help the children at Fresh and Green Academy!
We are already thinking about next year and if you think you want to be a “Dancing Stew” add your name to the list.
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(photo by Bill Brady Photography)
The Second annual- Dancing With the Stews Fundraiser!
May 8th, 2014
at the Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium at the JCC in Manhattan 334 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY
Join us as we pair Flight Attendants and professional dancers for a night of performance, friendly competition and great fun, to help the children of Fresh and Green Academy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Come watch and vote for your favorite team and enjoy the cocktails and appetizers. There will even be a raffle for some very special prizes.
You don’t want to miss out, but if you can’t make it, be sure to watch the live stream here.
Get your tickets now!
-$75 General Show Admission
-$150 Show and VIP Reception, which includes premium seating, open bar, and hors d’oeurves ($125 before April 25th)
-Sponsor Table includes VIP Reception, private table seating 10 people, complimentary cocktail service during the show. (limited availability)
Help your favorite “Stew” take home the Mirror Ball trophy by donating a vote. Click on a photo below to see their personal donation page.
This year’s “Dancing Stews”
& Solomon Singer
Cindee Gennaro Sperry
& Tobi Kretschmer
& Frank Perez
& Amanda Treadway
& Esther Frances
for providing rehearsal space!