|Pictured below: At the New York Change-Maker's Ball in November were (top to bottom) Denis Hickie, former Irish rugby international and Self Help Ambassador; Jehmu Greene, Rachel Dooley and Joann Spiegel; a table of supporters. Click on the link at the bottom to view a slideshow of photos from the event.|
|Click here to view a slideshow from our New York Ball|
Boston set for second Change-Maker's Ball
Friday May 10th at 7pm in the Fairmont Copley.
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Join hundreds of people from across Massachussets for the second Boston Change-Makerís Ball on May 10th, in support of Self Help Afica's vital work across Africa.
The glamorous black-tie event will be held again this year at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in the famous Back Bay area of Boston.
In May 2012, the recently-inaugurated Irish President, Michael D Higgins, joined over 300 people for the inaugural Boston ball, where he described the work of Self Help Africa as "truly remarkable".
President Higgins paid tribute to those attending th 2012 event, who were, he said, supporting efforts to "fight poverty and hunger by helping rural African communities to drive their own change and to help themselves".
"Empowering the small farmer in Africa to help themselves to become sustainable food producers is one of the most sensible, efficient and cost effective ways we can help reduce the threat of famine, starvation and malnutrition that currently faces too many of our fellow human beings," he added.
Farmers are "the backbone of Africa," he said, and he highlighted Self Help Africa's success in working with this community. "You believe in them and you invest in them. You link farmers with markets. You work with them in improving their practices and building up their capacity for achieving sustainability. There is no better work."
Self Help Africa's CEO, Ray Jordan, emphasized the importance of the Change-Maker's events for the charity's work.
"There are really great nights, and I think everyone has a lot of fun at them. But the important thing to remember is that, because of these events, people across Africa will end 2013 in a much better position than they entered it," he said. "That's a direct result of the effort people make to come and support events like this. I think it's something that Boston can be very proud of."
Tickets are now on sale for the Boston event, where guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing to live music, and the signature Change-Makerís Cocktail, inspired by African ingredients and designed specifically for the night.
Prizes on the night will include a Boston Red Sox game in the General Managerís Suite with drinks and dinner included; a weekend getaway trip to New York City which includes VIP tickets to the David Letterman Show; spa treatments; fashion apparel; golf outings and many more exciting prizes.
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For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org and or call 212.206.0847.
Chairman: Norman Sheehan, FHI360
Treasurer & Secretary: Professor Megan Fairlie, Florida International University
Tom Corcoran, Farmer and Business Consultant
Nigel Clarke, Learned Lion Partners
Susan Davis, Susan Davis International
Kevin Toland, DAA
Anthony Hucker, Giant
Jack Downey, Consultant
Advisory Board, Boston
Aidan Browne, Sullivan & Worcester
Kate Criniti, ikaSystems
Ben Hincks, Mintz Levin
Phil Hartmann, Ernst &Young
Kevin Malloy, Avison Young
Peter Merrigan, Taurus Investment Holdings
Tom Olivier, Pacific Crest
Eddie Roche, Roche Bros
Self Help Africa Committee, Boston
Mark Ciccone, Ernst & Young
Darin Contini, Independent Adviser
Erin Corey, Honora
Laura Cuddihy, Independent Adviser
Whitney Gallivan, WS Development LLC
Nadine Hartmann, Scafidi Juliano, LLP
Michelle Healy, Invest Northern Ireland
Veronica Kelly, Oracle
Sal Malfronte, Mario Russo Salon
Dan Prior, Ernst & Young
Melissa Quattruci, Independent Adviser
Krishna Simonetti, Vkernel
Max Summit, NuoDB
Laura Tinkham, Independent Adviser
Kim Walsh, HubSpot