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2023 Building Bridges Stay-at-Home Gala

Stay-at-Home Building Bridges Gala: Growth & Stability. April 17-20, 2023. Friendship Bridge.

Savor a night at home while supporting the 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: Thursday, April 20, 2023
  • 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. Our theme in 2023 is “Growth & Stability” in celebration of both our stable foundation and continued growth as outlined in our Strategic Plan. This year’s Gala takes place on Thursday, April 20 from 6-8pm MT, and it will feature brand new, entertaining, and informative videos, unique artisan products handmade by Friendship Bridge clients, and an exciting online auction (open to the public).

As a growing international community, Friendship Bridge offers this online Gala as a way to bring together local groups while simultaneously connecting people around the world; Despite physical distance, we are united in our desire to see women uplifted, empowered, and thriving. Your support empowers our clients with the tools to create healthy, sustainable growth and stability for themselves, their families, and their communities – we hope you will join us in celebrating their incredible accomplishments, along with the continued, steady growth of Friendship Bridge as a whole, by joining us for this unique event.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Tracie Cordeiro, President & CEO


What You'll Get

Inspiring Videos of Our Programs

We’ll send you an all-new video each day starting April 17, featuring the women who participate in our Microcredit Plus programs, including Bridge to Success and Handmade by Friendship Bridge®


Inspiring Videos of Our Clients

Be there for the online video premiere of our Friendship Bridge’s Impact video, showing just how much a woman can grow when empowered with microcredit, and how she can change her life and the lives of those around her


A Gift from Marcela

A collection of exclusive pine needle coasters and trivet, handwoven by Handmade by Friendship Bridge® artisan client, Marcela, pictured here


Access to our 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, April 7 at 8am MT and closes Thursday, April 20 at 8pm MT


Fireside Chat with Tracie Cordeiro

Settle in and get to know our new President & CEO, Tracie Cordeiro, as we share an insightful conversation between Tracie and Karen Barker of the Genesee, CO Friendship Circle in this new video

Become a Host

Join a passionate group of volunteers and gather 5-10 friends to talk about Friendship Bridge and share our gala content. Hosts are an important part of the success of Friendship Bridge’s fundraising efforts each year.

Leaf BookmarkAs 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 leaf bookmark, handmade in Sololá, Guatemala by Handmade by Friendship Bridge client Mirian.

For more information, contact Nicole Eubanks at neubanks@friendshipbridge.org

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

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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

 Platino Sponsor 


 Oro Sponsors 


 Plata Sponsors 


 Amiga Sponsors 

Ready to join us for the Gala?