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2024 Stay-at-Home Building Bridges Gala

2024 Stay-at-Home Building Bridges Gala. March 9, 2024. Friendship Bridge.

Savor a night at home while supporting Friendship Bridge’s mission at our Stay-At-Home Building Bridges Gala!

At this special annual event, you’ll get access to new video content about our programs, a front seat to our online auction, and exclusive handmade artisan items. Come together with supporters all over the world to celebrate the empowerment of women in Guatemala!

By attending our gala, you’re supporting Friendship Bridge and our mission to create opportunities that empower Guatemalan women to build a better life through microcredit, health services, and education.

A Message from Tracie

  • DATE: Saturday, March 9, 2024
  • TIME: 6:00–8:00pm MT
  • PLACE: At your home

Each year, we invite you to savor a night in the comfort of your home for our annual Stay-at-Home Building Bridges Gala. This year’s gala is themed Pathways of Her Heart for the 2024 International Women’s Day focus on inspiring inclusion. With this theme, we celebrate Friendship Bridge’s clients, whose role as empowered women make them powerful torchbearers by paving inclusive paths for women and future generations.

This year, our virtual Gala will take place on Saturday, March 9 from 6–8pm MT. The evening will showcase brand new videos, a selection of exclusive artisan products from Handmade by Friendship Bridge® clients, and an exciting online auction that’s open to everyone.

We invite you to join us in honoring and celebrating the distinct, heart-led journeys of Friendship Bridge’s clients—these women are the pioneers of empowerment in their communities, embodying the spirit that inspires those around them to create a more inclusive and equitable world.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Tracie Cordeiro, President & CEO

RSVP date extended!

What You Will Get

Gala Ticket: $50
Heart note cards

  • Includes an exclusive set of 2 heart notecards, handmade by Magdalena in Sololá
  • $42 of each ticket is tax deductible
VIP Gala Ticket: $100
Heart notecardsArrow pens

  • Includes an exclusive set of 2 heart notecards handmade by Magdalena in Sololá and 1 Pathways of Her Heart pen, handmade by Angelina in Sololá
  • $86.50 of each ticket is tax deductible

In addition, you will gain access to...

Inspiring Videos of Our Clients

Our clients recount the heart-led aspects of their journeys, reading letters of gratitude to the women who have inspired them and recounting their personal stories of resilience and transformation.

Inspiring videos of the voices of Friendship Bridge

Listen to a diverse tapestry of experiences from our staff, supporters, and clients, each contributing to the rich narrative of building an inclusive and empowered community.

Gifts from Magdalena and Angelina

An exclusive set of note cards and a beaded pen have been handmade for this year's gala by Handmade by Friendship Bridge® artisan clients Magdalena and Angelina.

Access to our Exciting Online Auction

Find something you love in our online auction, featuring unique items and experiences like resort stays, gourmet baskets, sports tickets, and more! The auction opens Friday, February 23 at 8am MT and closes Saturday, March 9 at 8pm MT.


Our Auction is Live!


In addition to the wonderful news above, the online auction for our 2023 Stay-at-Home Building Bridges Gala is now LIVE! We’ve collected an exciting variety of items in our online auction on Bidding for Good.

In order to bid, you must first create an account and follow the prompts to get started. Check out BiddingForGood's FAQ page for instructions.

  • The auction will close at 8:00pm MT on Saturday, March 9.
  • Please note that extended bidding is enabled–bidding will continue in 5-minute increments past the auction close if your bid is placed within 5 minutes of closing, increasing your chances of snagging your dream item!

Donate to our Silent Auction!

There are a myriad of ways you can support our Gala's silent auction! We welcome all in-kind donation ideas to help us provide the tools to empower women in Guatemala. Donations of property stays, experiences and classes, tickets and gift cards, and more are accepted.

For more information, contact Nancy Hiester at nancyhiester@friendshipbridge.org before March 1.

Unlock double impact: donation match until March 10!

Thanks to the kindness of our donors, we are thrilled to announce a matching challenge: for the next two weeks, every dollar you contribute before March 10 will be matched up to an astounding $20K! Your donation will have twice the impact, providing vital education, healthcare, and microfinance services to even more women.

  • $100 pays for six Advanced Training classes for clients seeking additional income-generating work
  • $500 connects a woman entrepreneur with business mentoring services for five months
  • $1,000 provides preventive health services to 17 clients for one month
  • $2,500 funds training for 72 agriculture clients with a professional agronomist for one month
  • $5,000 helps support our Health for Life program to reach women in rural areas of Guatemala
Our goal is to raise a total of $114k during the Gala through ticket sales, auction purchases, and donations—will you consider making a donation today?


Host a Party

Gather a group of your friends, family, or coworkers to talk about Friendship Bridge and share our new gala content! Hosts are an important part of the success of Friendship Bridge's fundraising efforts each year.

Heart bunting
As a volunteer host, you will help raise awareness and funds for our Microcredit Plus programs by sharing the impact of our work with your friends and family. All hosts will be given the information and materials needed to speak passionately about our work, share our engaging gala content, and support guests with bidding in our exciting online auction.

All hosts will receive an exclusive heart banner bunting, handmade in Sololá, Guatemala by Handmade by Friendship Bridge® client Micaela.

For more information, contact Megan Juba at mjuba@friendshipbridge.org no later than February 28.

Ready to join us for the gala?


Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Friendship Bridge is so grateful to the following supporters for sponsoring this year's Building Bridges Gala.

Platino Sponsors


Oro Sponsors

Colorado Capital Management: Enriching Lives

Kelly & Steve Reynoldson

Betty Chambers Toguchi & Roger Toguchi

Susan Zimmermann & Paul Phillips


Plata Sponsors


grf CPAs & Advisors

Susie & John Miller


Amiga Sponsors


Meryle Melnicoff and Joseph Busler