An audience of about 180, many of whom were first-time supporters of Imara International, heard a message of hope for the youth of Minnesota and Kenya at a breakfast event on May 9 at The Metropolitan ballroom and event center in Golden Valley, Minn. The keynote speaker, University of Minnesota Golden Gophers head football coach Tracy Claeys, delivered a message of hope for young people in challenging circumstances. Mike Max, WCCO-TV sports reporter and anchor, served as master of ceremonies.
Carol Erickson, Executive Director of Imara International, tied in themes of teamwork to her work at the Imara rescue home in Kenya. Both speakers emphasized the importance of education for the future of youth.
The event raised nearly $20,000 initially, with additional pledges and donations being received days later, including a grant from the TCF Foundation.