“Gala of Gratitude and Giving”: a Success
HHELPP’s first “Gala of Gratitude and Giving” was a heartwarming evening of rekindling relationships and expressing sincere thanks to donors, friends, and volunteers. It was held in Northampton House, American Fork, Utah, a beautiful classic vintage LDS chapel that was converted to an event center many years ago. The gala was also an opportunity to inform the community about IHHELPP’s focus to build a technical school anchored upon LDS values. The event also increased community awareness about IHHELPP’s vision, accomplishments, and future projects.
The gala showcased Filipino-made crafts, food products, Christmas ornaments, and other articles. All products were sold out. President Rene Doria also presented a year-end update of IHHELPP’s progress as a non-profit organization.
Entertainment included two folk dances from a local group led by Miss Asia-Utah Thelma Long. Local singer-songwriter Emily Hammon wooed the crowd with her song numbers “Miracles” and “Impossible Dream”. Attendees described the event as inspiring and eye- opening. IHHELPP aims to make the gala a biannual event .
Miss Asia-Utah Thelma Long and friends entertained guests with Filipino folk dances and colorful costumes.
Emmie Comer and husband.
IHHELPP board member Emmie Comer, who was the emcee of the event expressed, “In behalf of IHHELPP, we are grateful for everyone who attended and supported the fundraising gala. Now, more people know what we believe and stand for. We are hoping that those who attended share IHHELPP’s vision. Every dollar donated makes a difference.”
The gala featured crafts, candle warmers, clothing, food products, Christmas decorations, and other Filipino-made articles from local members.
Attendees take group picture with IH HELPP family. Attendees enjoyed good food, inspiring entertainment, and good company..