Thursday, April 10, 2014

4th Annual Quito Benefit

Last weekend we had the pleasure of hosting our 4th Annual Quito Benefit at El Patio del Arupo in northern Quito. It was a great success with 39 of our friends and community members in attendance and over 200 dollars raised for the Manna library!

It was a really fun event! The night started off with appetizers and drinks, followed by three wonderful speeches given by current CD Heather Kryzak, our incoming CD Fred Schick, and devoted community member Andrea Haro. Andrea spoke very highly of the library and about all that Manna does in general, she almost had a few of us in tears. One of our newer PDs, Carryn Mills, then sang a wonderful cover of Blackbird by the Beatles, accompanied by our live musician, Edú Naranjo.

Andrea giving her speech
Carryn serenading the crowd 
The night really picked up when like all good Ecuadorian parties, the dancing commenced. Couples of all ages, including our youngest guest, Martina, had a great time out on the dance floor.

We finished the night off with out raffle drawing which included a number of awesome prizes, such as a night in Hotel Rumiloma (one of Quito's top boutique hotels), a breakfast for two at Magic Bean, four hours of salsa classes, and a three month membership at Lift Gym. There was a wide array of winners, including Freddy and Ivo, who were both very successful and took home the top prize, the night at Rumiloma!

Martina helping out with the raffle drawing 
Our wonderful raffle winners! 
Heather, Erika, Andrea, and Cate 
We are so thankful to everyone who helped us make this event possible! Special thanks to Sara, owner of El Patio del Arupo, Joshua,  Edú Naranjo, Andrea Haro, and all of the wonderful businesses who donated raffle prizes.

Manna 2013 - 2014 

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