August 29th, 2010, Victoria B.C.
To all of the wonderfully generous people that attended the Dirty Wall Project 1st Anniversary Dinner on Sunday, you made it an incredible success.
Originally the dinner was to accommodate 180 people, but by 6:30 p.m., 210 people filled every seat and space at the Ambrosia Centre.
The event was an eclectic mix of people from every conceivable background which made the night a truly wonderful time. For the past two weeks the entire Ryan family has been working hard to make this night possible. It was amazing for me to stand on the stage looking at 200 + people showing their support for DWP and the communities it helps on the other side of the world.
The event raised over $10,000 CAD or 464,501 Indian Rupees!
To put that in perspective,
- the school/ community centre DWP funded and built in the Saki Naka slum - cost $4650
- over 2400 people received free medicine/health care in DWP health camps ($2 per person) – cost $4800
I don’t know how to put in words how amazing it is to know that people care and are willing to support the projects that DWP funds and works on in India. I’m constantly humbled by the trust you all invest in me and feel privileged to be the voice and face of all of our hard work. Together we are making amazing things happen for the people who’s lives are stuck in poverty.
Sunday’s dinner was made possible by the many people who donated their time and expertise to make the night successful.
Very generous local businesses from Victoria, Sidney and Vancouver donated auction items for the event.
The auction alone raised over $ 5000 for DWP.
Every item sold and many items sold for much more than the retail value. During the middle of the auction, a guest donated a surprise item which turned out to be the big ticket item of the night. A three night stay on a canal barge in France, including wine & cheese. This item went for $1100! Thanks Marc and Mary for donating this wonderful trip!
- Thanks, Roshan for your incredible support before the event, and during the evening. They laughed, they cried, they bid!
- Thank you Frances (Chronicles of Crime bookstore) for answering questions about DWP as if you had nothing better to do and for selling tickets during your busy day!!
- Thanks Joanne for contributing the Swim Club debit/credit machine which made it easier for people be a part of the auction.
DWP enlisted 20 volunteers and over 40 buisinesses to make this event a success.