Gala goers will get a taste of Africa from Kenya native Olive Jones at the Imara International Gala, “Faces of Imara: Moving Toward Our Future,” December 7 at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minn. Jones will prepare and serve African samosas and dip for the African tasting table, which will be available before dinner.
A silent auction featuring premium gift baskets, an African giving tree, and a wine raffle will also tempt gala goers. Cash, check, or credit card will be accepted for all donations.
The gala is the signature fundraiser for Imara International. Executive director Carol Erickson will be present to provide an update on the girls and their babies at the Imara rescue home in Nanyuki, Kenya. Board chair Larry Welliver will provide a detailed glimpse into 2015 and the extensive plans for the Imara Village expansion, close to the nearby Ol Pajeta Conservancy. The program will be emceed by Rev. Cindy Hilger, Saint Martin’s by-the-Lake Episcopal Church.
Pre-dinner music will be provided by a quartet from Wayzata High School, and dinner music performed by Hannah Howland, violin, and Joe Abe, piano.
The gala includes dinner with a choice of three entrees: Minnesota Chicken with sherry cream sauce, Broiled Salmon with Hollandaise, or Linguine Primavera with vegetables and feta cheese. Tickets are on sale now for $75 until December 3, by invitation or online at Eventbrite.