The Ouelessebougou Alliance Hosts its 24th ANNUAL Dinner Auction FOR AFRICAN RELIEF EFFORTS

Proceeds from the 2010 Auction will Provide Resources for Health, Education and Business Development Programs in Ouelessebougou Region of Mali, West Africa

On Saturday April 24th, the Ouelessebougou-Utah Alliance (the Alliance) will host its 24th Annual Dinner Auction to raise funds for ongoing humanitarian and economic development efforts in Mali, West Africa. This year’s event is an African-inspired evening and will begin at 5:30 pm on Saturday, April 24th at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Tickets are $110 per seat or $1,000 for a table of up to ten guests. Tickets are available by calling 801-983-MALI (6254).

All proceeds from the evening benefit the Alliance’s health, education, and economic development partnerships with villagers in the Ouelessebougou region of Mali, West Africa. Many of the auction items were brought back by Malian expedition members or generously donated by local businesses and include hand-carved Malian wood, mudcloths, original art, 7-day vacations in Costa Rica and Iceland, a Vespa scooter, restaurant gift certificates, spa treatments and much more. Attendees can also contribute directly to our village projects including health training, vaccinations, teacher training and salaries, and village loans.

“The Ouelessebougou Alliance’s Annual Dinner Auction is an exciting celebration of Malian culture and of Utah’s relationship with its sister community, Ouelessebougou,” says Jennifer Beckstead, Ouelessebougou-Utah Alliance, Executive Director. “The long-term education, healthcare and economic development programs made possible by the efforts of the Utah community have transformed many rural villages and changed the lives of nearly 25,000 villagers. We are grateful for the support from local businesses, individuals, and foundations, which have made our work possible. ”

The Ouelessebougou Alliance is committed to assisting the people in Ouelessebougou, a sub-Saharan region of Mali, which is consistently ranked among the five poorest countries in the world. Since 1985, the Alliance has worked with 25 villages in the region and has supported the construction and maintenance of 104 wells and 12 elementary schools, provided schooling for over 1,500 students annually, administered vaccinations, provided preventive health training programs, performed ophthalmologic and gynecologic surgeries, and provided over 20 village micro-loans and business training. This year, the Alliance’s support will allow these and other projects to continue as we work in partnership with village citizens to help them achieve their health, education, and economic development goals.

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Pronunciation Note: Ouelessebougou is pronounced “Way-less-ay-boo-goo”.