Imagine an evening of Filipino folk dances, talents, arts and crafts; a night of generosity, charity, and kindness. Welcome to IHHELPP’s Annual Gala of Gratitude and Giving!
In 2015, IHHELPP started a tradition of “Gratitude and Giving” with an annual gala. The Gala is meant to increase community awareness of IHHELPP’s vision and mission as well as raise funds for IHHELPP’s projects in the Philippines.
With the upcoming Gala this November, let’s revisit last year’s event.
Attendees summed up last year’s Gala of Gratitude and Giving as “eye-opening and inspiring.” During the Gala, IHHELPP showcased its latest projects and accomplishments as a non-profit from its humble beginnings in March 2013. Highlights included the building of the 1st disaster-resilient home for a family in Carigara, Leyte, the Fish-pond harvest, the CEB press project, and many more.
Entertainment was provided by local talents such as former Miss Asia-Utah Thelma Long and singer-song writer Emily Hammond. Local community members donated items for the basket auction, and there were Filipino-made crafts and articles for display and sale.
The Gala raised community awareness of its mission and started raising funds for IHHELPP’s educational project to build a technical school in the Philippines. These perhaps drove the Gala’s main success.
“Every dollar donated makes a difference,” said IHHELPP board member Emmie Comer. “We are grateful for everyone who attended and supported the fundraising gala. Now, more people know what we believe and stand for.”
Help us assist Filipinos to have better opportunities in health, education, housing, and livelihood.
What are you waiting for? Come join us for the 2016 IHHELPP Gala of Gratitude and Giving this 19th of November, 2016 at Northampton House, 198 W 300 N, American Fork, UT 84003.
Maria Lea Sheena Sarceda is a Grade 11 student at Cristo Rey High School. She loves reading in general and is an avid Harry Potter fan. She writes as a volunteer for IHHELPP.