You Outdid Yourselves at Fall Fiesta 2017!

Have you recovered from Fall Fiesta yet? We’re still reeling from the generosity and fun-loving spirit you showed at this event. Let’s reminisce about the top six highlights together, shall we?

SIX

The venue, food, drink, prizes, and games were superb this year, as always. Cincinnati’s skyline glittered outside the Great American Ball Park as you laughed with friends old and new, sipped some spirits, won everything from bottles of wine to trips to Africa and the Cayman Islands, and dined sumptuously on a full dinner.

Cincinnati charity event

We love it when you laugh with us.

FIVE

For the first time ever our silent auction featured digital bidding, which meant that you battled it out from your cell phones rather than on paper.

What’s that I spy in my text messages? I was outbid by John B? Upbid by $500! *frantic button punching*

The competition was fierce, and some of you even bid and won from the comfort of your own home!

Guatemalan students with gamefaces

Your gamefaces were fierce, but would they have stood up to these two?

FOUR

Director of International Programs Katie Camillus made her Fall Fiesta speaking debut and brought the room to its feet as she described what our Scholarship Program students face in their fight to stay in school. She sent chills down our spines as she repeated over and over, “It’s hard to stay in school because…” and we could sympathetically feel the odds stacking up against us.

Director of International Programs Katie Camillus

Don’t let Katie’s smile fool you; she is actually a broody poet.

THREE

Special Guatemalan guest Lesly Patzán then told her own personal story of fighting to stay in school. How her mother never learned to read, but swore she would give her children a high school diploma. How her father continued to perform manual labor while undergoing cancer treatments to make this dream a reality. How even this was not enough. How Lesly finally won a CoEd scholarship, and was matched with a sponsor who changed her family’s life forever.

Guatemala sponsored student graduate

Lesly Patzán with her parents on the day she graduated as a nurse.

TWO

Inspired by Lesly’s story, you sponsored 17 Scholarship Program students just like her so that they can stay in school and break the cycle of poverty in their families too. Lesly was in tears because of your generosity. (Who are we kidding, we were all in tears!)

Guatemala Central South Latin American student sponsorship

There’s no greater proof that by sponsoring Scholarship Program students you radically change their lives.

ONE

You outdid yourselves once again and raised an incredible number. More, in fact, than at any previous Fall Fiesta:

$170,200!

Is it a coincidence that this is about the same number of kids you have helped in Guatemala over CoEd’s 21-year history? $170,000 in honor of 170,000 students.

We (and they) couldn’t thank you enough.

Guatemala Central South Latin American students

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