Every year when the leaves begin to change colors, the air gets crisp, and pumpkin spice makes its debut, we gather together to party in honor of Guatemalan students. Because, really…how better to honor little party animals like Jose (below) than by throwing a party to support their education!?
Each Fall Fiesta is a little bit different, and many guests reported that this year’s event was the best one yet! Read on for the top five highlights of Fall Fiesta 2018, including how much money you raised for Guatemalan students!
This year’s Fall Fiesta had a Day of the Dead theme, and everyone was getting into it! The tables and bar were decked out in papel picado (cut paper). The guests and volunteers masqueraded as calaveras (skulls). And CoEd’s General Director of Guatemala Operations—Rony Mejía—brought a new, lively friend to the event.
For the first time ever, Fall Fiesta was held in Cincinnati’s historic Music Hall—named as a National Historic Landmark thanks to its distinctive Venetian Gothic architecture. Fitting the Day of the Dead theme, Music Hall is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in America. (Luckily, we didn’t need to call the Ghostbusters.) All we know is: It was beautiful!
Special guest Sandra Capen traveled from Guatemala to share her story with everyone in person. Sandra graduated from the Rise Youth Development Program (formerly the Scholarship & Youth Development Program) and she believes so strongly in it that she came back to be on its staff! Sandra credits the Rise Program with not only helping her to break out of poverty, but also helping her to change her entire family dynamic for the better.
We all know that what really makes a party are the PEOPLE—and this year was no exception! We had a blast greeting old friends and making new ones as we dined, drank, and bid on fabulous prizes like wine, art, sports and theater tickets, exclusive experiences, and an array of vacation packages!
Your generosity poured forth all night long, raising an outstanding total of $186,000!
What can that amount of money do in Guatemala? A LOT. Your generosity will ensure that next year, thousands of children learn to read, thousands more learn critical thinking and technology skills, and a new generation is empowered to break the cycle of poverty forever through the Rise Program.
So all we’ve got to say is party on, friends. Party on.