Bhutanese dancers

COAR Fundraiser

The organization I work for had a fundraiser last night; it gave me a chance to do what I love most — dress up, be girly and be a bit bossy, all in the name of charity of course. We hosted 75 people at a beautiful home in Paradise Valley for a bit of African drumming, dancers from Bhutan and wine from Sonoma. It was a lovely night.

COAR Fundraiser

COAR Fundraiser

Rocking out with the drummers

(Photos by Bryan Lewis)

We not only raised more than a month’s overhead, but we also had a lot of smart, well-connected, community driven people talking about refugees. A man from Bhutan spoke of how he lived for 17 years in a camp before being resettled in Arizona. We were transfixed by the emotion, the horror of life so hard to imagine from the comfort of a luxury home. Refugee students now in college wandered through the crowd talking about how our mentorship saw them through high school graduation. Board members explained to their friends why they enjoy being involved.

After six hours in heels, my legs are tired this morning. But my heart is happy. I hope the passion was contagious!


15 Replies to “Compassion”

  1. I just finished reading the book “half the sky” by Nicholas Kristof. It made me think of you more than once… and it was all in a very positive way.

  2. Wow, what a combination, fundraising, and looking great while doing it!!
    Can’t imagine how happy those college students must be with all the help they have recieved for studyding. Congratulations to all involved in making dreams come true!

  3. Looks like a fabulous night. Is it me, or are you the spitting image of Jennifer Garner in those shots? Do you get that a lot? Well, in any case you look terrific!

  4. Kelli,
    You are truly doing God’s work (and you looked darned good doing it!!)
    Congratulations on a job well done!

  5. Kelli, you look gorgeous, Sister! It looks like it was a fantastic event. RE: today’s post, I’m SO relieved the diagnosis is something manageable. Thank you for the reminder to reach out to our loved ones…sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in the race… Hugs…

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