On March 23, 2019, 321 of our supporters gathered at The Memphis Grand Carousel to celebrate and empower teachers and students at the high-performing Endure Primary and new Renewal High Schools in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan.
This marked the 7th year for our annual Good People Good Beer Gala, and you showed up looking great in our Masquerade theme. Here's what you accomplished in 3 hours:
The Good People
This year marked our biggest yet. You showed up with friends and family to celebrate the teachers and students at Endure Primary and Renewal High Schools in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan. You drank, ate, gave, and danced the night away. Simply put, you brought the magic. You were a part of something bigger than yourself for a few hours.
Here are a few of our favorites from the evening:
The Good Beer (and cocktails!)
We served 5 tasting brews that ranged from a hoppy lager brewed in the Appalachian Mountains to a bright blonde brewed in sunny California . This year's kegs were provided by local favorite Wiseacre, with the food coming from Pontotoc Lounge, Gray Canary, Restaurant Iris, The Arcade, Ciao Bella, and Blue Nile.
And your votes are in! This year's favorite brew was Golden Road Brewing's Hollywood Blondie.
This year we also added in two themed cocktails inspired by our friends in Sudan and crafted with ingredients from the region. A special shoutout to our title sponsors Bar 409 and and Pontotoc Lounge for making incredible drinks!
We Want Your Feedback!
A lot of planning goes into this annual event. You can help us make the 2020 Gala even better by completing a short survey we've setup online just for you. Your feedback, thoughts, and ideas will help our talented event committee plan next year's gala!
This year's Gala was chaired by the wonderful Kellee Stokesberry! Thank you to this year's talented Gala Committee members: Megan Barlowe, Sara James, Jacob Merryman, Samantha Stack, Kindle Vickers, Jordan Vrbas, and Ed Waugh.
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who made the evening possible! Hannah Anderson, Caroline Borron, Renna Cavness, Gracie Coke, Sarah Conte, Lynda Flowers, Olivia Frantz, Jacob Geyer, Sarah Greenspon, Hope Gribble, Stephen Hackett, Chad Irwin, Erika Kinzer, Christina Kyriakopoulou, Alexis Lynn, Shreya Makwana, Kristin Marshall, Charlie McCarthy, Laura Megan, Leslie O’Barr, Lauren Reed, Aminah Ricard, Rhett Rogers, Emilie Rogers, Michael Seebeck, Jessica Seebeck, Susan Seebeck, Shawn Sigler, Brianna Sigler, Ryan Strain, Marta Tetzeli, John Tetzeli, Gabriel Tetzeli, Marci Vrbas, and Jordan Vrbas.
And a special shoutout to this year's sponsors! Without your generous support, this event would not have been as magical as it was:
The people of Sudan are overcoming two of the greatest challenges facing humanity today: war and genocide. Operation Broken Silence is accelerating their ability to generate lasting change by funding storytelling and movement-building, education and emergency response, and grassroots advocacy programs. Here are a few ways you can join us:
1. Give Monthly. Setting up an automatic monthly gift is the easiest way to empower the teachers and students at the two schools in Yida Refugee Camp. We need 82 more supporters to give at least $35 a month. When you sign up to give $35 a month you also get free tickets to both of our annual events, including the Gala! LEARN MORE »
2. Start A Fundraising Page. Can't give monthly but have a little time on your hands? You can start an online fundraising page for the high school and ask your friends and family to give towards your goal! BECOME A FUNDRAISER »
3. Attend Our Annual 5K. If you missed our annual Gala, our annual 5K is coming up in September here in Memphis. LEARN MORE »