Savoring the Magic of Congo: Continue the Story in Song, GBA's 2014 Gala

Jim Calli, GBA Board member, displays photographs from DR Congo After over nine months of planning and careful crafting, the 2014 annual gala, Congo: Continue the Story in Song, took flight on Thursday, September 4th, in Bloomington. With the help of diligent and dedicated volunteers, staff, donors, and friends, working on projects ranging from auction procurement to invitation design, we were able to pull off our best gala yet.

At the gala, we enjoyed betting on silent auction items, mingling with new and old friends, listening to talks by GBA leaders, and taking in the authentic African music of Sweet Posion. Our African Marketplace was even more diverse than last year, and our appetizers and dinner were exceptional. We were all wowed by the premiere of a documentary from Katy Nielsen, who shot footage and conducted interviews in DR Congo while with GBA leaders on a trip there in March. You can view the documentary by clicking here. Overall, the variety of activities, the warm environment, and the beautiful stories that came together at the event made for a night to remember.

Dr. Jerry Kindomba, Project Manager, talks with us about his vision and work in DR Congo

Executive Director Dena Hawes shares with us part of her GBA story


We want to extend our immense gratitude to all who helped with and attended the event. We raised more funds this year than last, and we are excited to see these proceeds be transformed into programming for our students. We hope that you will keep journeying with us as we move into the end of 2014 and beyond.

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Keep reading to see some photos from the night. You can view a whole album of photos on our Facebook page.

We were rocking the night away to the sounds of Sweet Poison

The decorations made the tables almost too pretty to sit at

Unique photos from Congo lined the walls

Guest bags were ready to go as the evening began

New and old friends alike came together for the gala