Empower women. Eliminate poverty.

2022 Building Bridges Gala


  • In-Person Guests: The gala took place at Baldoria on the Water, 146 Van Gordon Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80228. Doors Open at 5:30pm MDT. Learn more.
  • Virtual Guests: The program started promptly at 7:00pm MDT. Learn more.
  • Questions? Please email us at info@friendshipbridge.org or call us at 303-674-0717.

Friendship Bridge was pleased to host the 2022 Building Bridges Gala on Thursday evening, April 28, 2022. We hosted an exciting, hybrid event, with options for guests to attend either in-person in Lakewood, Colorado, or virtually from home on the same day and time. No matter how our guests chose to attend, everyone enjoyed a variety of activities, including an auction, inspiring speeches, and a series of beautiful, new videos featuring our empowered clients in Guatemala. 

Our theme in 2022 was Impact “Squared” in celebration of our five-year strategic plan, which will have a multiplier effect, exponentially impacting an even greater number of Guatemalan women, families, and communities. By attending our gala, you supported Friendship Bridge and our mission to create opportunities that empower Guatemalan women to build a better life through microcredit, health services, and education.

Thank you for your support!


Our evening gala honored Karen Barker, co-founder of the Genesee Circle and a Friendship Bridge supporter for more than 20 years.

Traveling from Guatemala to Colorado for the gala was Gloria Cholotío, one of Friendship Bridge’s longest-serving employees of 17 years.


Photos by Sierra Brashear

Our goal was to raise $165,000 at our gala to continue empowering Guatemalan women to build a better life through the tools of microcredit, education, and health services. With your support, we raised $206,000, far surpassing our goal! Every ticket sold, each auction item purchased, and every donation we received helped us reach this goal.


Our team collected an amazing variety of unique items and experiences in our online auction, all supporting Friendship Bridge and our mission to create opportunities that empower Guatemalan women to build a better life. Please Note: The auction closed at 9:00pm MDT on Thursday, April 28, 2022. https://www.aesbid.org/FB2022



We were so pleased to see our supporters in person again on April 28 and connect them with the empowered women we serve in Guatemala.


We planned an amazing online event so that some of our supporters could celebrate and support Friendship Bridge from home! The gala streamed LIVE on April 28 and the event was recorded to allow everyone to enjoy the gala again at any time. For the best experience, we highly recommend watching the video from a computer or a big-screen TV.


A special thank you to our Gala Committee, who volunteered their time to make our gala a success:

  • Rachel Bloombaum
  • Jill Brashear
  • Anita Bunch
  • Natalie Buratti
  • Betty Lynn Ferguson
  • Dana Hayes
  • Susie Miller
  • Molly Niven
  • Julia Porterfield
  • Caroline Rodriguez
  • Ardis Strieby

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

 Diamante Sponsor 

 Oro Sponsors 


 Plata Sponsors 

 Amiga Sponsors 



A special thanks to the sponsor of Wine-Pull activity.