Friendship Bridge’s 2014 Building Bridges Gala, at Mile High Station on April 24, was a wonderful evening shared by friends, celebrating our clients, and contributing critical dollars for microloans and education to impoverished women in Guatemala. We raised nearly $100,000 toward our goal and made more per person this year than we have in previous years. Plus it was a lot of fun![do action=”image-right”]2014/05/sparkly-big-picture-2-square.jpg[/do]Those who attended the Gala got the chance to meet Friendship Bridge client, Petrona Cumes Matzar as she demonstrated the art of weaving on her backstrap loom. All of the exquisite textiles for sale at the event were handmade by Petrona and other Friendship Bridge clients. If you did not get the chance to purchase one of their lovely pieces, you will have another opportunity the evening of June 5, 2014 at the Boulder Hub. Stay tuned for more information on this artisan sale!
Due to the talents of award-winning auctioneer, Shawn Hagler and his team, the live auction was another highlight of the evening. Shawn had everyone’s attention as he adeptly auctioned dream vacations to Cabo and Italy, an heirloom quality quilt made from vintage Guatemalan fabrics, a guided fly fishing trip, and a festively painted wheelbarrow full of local craft beer!
Otherwise guests enjoyed tapas and beverages while wandering the Guatemalan Market and silent auction. Conversations were lively and the live marimba music and ambiance of Mile High Station were a perfect backdrop for promoting a good cause. Next year’s Gala, which will likely be at a different venue, has a lot to live up to. We hope to see you there!