Get ready to dress up, have fun and give back at Children Beyond Our Border’s fourth annual Gala!
By: Micayla Kinder
It’s almost here! Our fourth annual Gala is right around the corner! Join Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. for this black tie event and celebrate our accomplishments from the year! This event will help us to expand our programs which currently serve over 1,130 children abroad and locally. This year Gala will take place on November 4th at Caribe Blu in Orlando, Florida and the theme is: A Building Block For Education! Members of the community, as well as CBOB interns and volunteers all come together each year for this spectacular event. This year our main focus is improving our facilities for our children in Orlando and Gainesville so that children can have a safe and loving environment to focus on the values the that we teach. With your help, we can achieve that goal and do so much more!
To understand why Gala is such an important and incredible event, you should first know a little more about the organization that Gala supports. Children Beyond Our Borders Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering children through education both in the United States and internationally. CBOB’s mission is to “provide opportunities for children and youth affected by armed conflict and social injustice to find peace, prosperity and well-being through education and empowerment.” Children Within Our Borders works with local children in the Gainesville and Orlando communities. Workshops and tutoring sessions are provided to help the children build an education, as well as help give them the confidence to succeed and follow their dreams. They have five main programs which include Children Within Our Borders, Bound For Peace, the Volunteer Internship Program, the IAMCBOB Scholars Program, and our Student Chapters. Each program is unique but all of them work together to achieve the common purpose of providing children with education so that their future is bright and so that they can have the tools they need to make this world a better place.
So why should you attend Gala? Gala is a wonderful opportunity to give to a good cause and enjoy a night filled with great food, dancing, silent auctions! This year our wonderful donors have donated incredible items that you will have the chance to win in our silent auction! Some of the items include two 30-minute sessions at the Floating Lotus Spa, two admission tickets to Busch Gardens, and four admission tickets to the Kennedy Space Center. Gala is not only a time to give back but it is also a great opportunity to connect with those involved in Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc.
Teagan Murphy, CBOB’s Mentorship Coordinator, has attended Gala in the past and has made a lot of great memories there.
“The most exciting part is to see everyone with a love for this organization come together for a formal yet fun night of dinner and dancing,” Teagan said. “My favorite memory was when I got to reunite with three girls from my Bound for Peace trip the summer before, and all four of us received different CBOB awards!”
Teagan also emphasized that the funds that Gala raises all go toward bettering the next generation through education.
“Gala raises money for our Children Within Our Borders programs, which provide at-risk youth in Alachua, Orlando, and Tallahassee with opportunities like tutoring, weekend workshops, and summer camps,” Teagan said.
CBOB’s Operation’s Director Shana Call, has also attended Gala and had nothing but good things to say about the event.
“Gala is such an important event for CBOB,” Shana said. “It is not only a wonderful community fundraising event, it allows us to recognize the hard work and efforts of those who help make CBOB successful. This formal affair is an excellent networking opportunity and puts like-minded people in touch with each other in hopes of building a stronger bond to further our mission.”
If you are interested in supporting Children Beyond Our Borders by attending this event you can purchase tickets at www.chbob.org/gala.html For more information or on how to sponsor this event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org