Celebrating a great fundraiser!

A beautiful September sunset with stunning views of the Flatirons.

Global Education Fund would like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who came out to join and support us, to celebrate our Global Ambassadors at CU Boulder’s Touchdown Club.

The night kicked off with donated Bhakti Chai and Vapor Distillery cocktails, What We Love the Winery Decadent Saints Sangria, and Avery beer for our welcome cocktail hour. Flowers filled the room, donated by Fiori Flowers and from Eliza Woloson’s own garden.

Dinner was served family style with a delicious spread inspired from Kenya, India and Guatemala.

The program kicked off with inspiring words by Kathy Bartlett, GEF Executive Director. Kathy has worked in the field of international education for 30 years and her passion is evident whenever she speaks. Kathy began the presentation expressing her enthusiasm for Global Education Fund and the work of our partners. 

This year, part of our program was to premier Global Education Fund’s newest video created by Jan Gordon. The video highlights three of our partners, Guru-G, PACEmaker and Asturias Academy. You can watch it here:

We were able to auction off two amazing vacation packages – a choice of Costa Rica, Belize, Cabo, and St. Thomas – and a trip to Uzès, France. To top off the luxury trips, Wallaroo Hats donated a variety of their SPF sun hats, so recipients can travel in style.

This was the second year of Global Education Fund’s annual global photography contest, featuring photography from Kenya, India and Guatemala. Check out the winning photos displayed and auctioned off at the event. Prints were donated to GEF from Circle Graphics. Thank you to all photographers who submitted photos to the competition and to the winners: Katie Quinn, Mark Mutura, Narsing Rao, Tathya Macwan, Theresa Preston-Werner and Kathy Bartlett.

One of the most memorable parts of our event this year was the opportunity to present GEF's first award for leadership, philanthropy and volunteerism to a longstanding and inspiring friend and supporter of GEF - Cathy Hill. Cathy was chosen for having made a significant and lasting difference in both her local and global communities through her work as an educator, volunteer and leader. 

A little more about Cathy Hill:

With degrees from CSU and Lesley College, Cathy taught for 32 years in private and public elementary schools in Boston, St. Louis, Boulder and Singapore. She is known for her teaching excellence, her dedication to each student’s needs, and for building deeply personal relationships with students, parents, colleagues, and the Boulder community.
In 2015, she retired from teaching at Whittier International School, where she taught for 23 years, most recently teaching 3rd grade, her favorite.
Cathy is currently a board member of PassageWorks Institute, a local non-profit that provides teachers practices and principles which create meaningful and engaged classrooms where students thrive.
She and her family are long-time supporters of Global Education Fund and believe that education is the key to improving the quality of life for families and communities around the world. Apart from teaching, Cathy’s passions include hiking, snowboarding, and summers on Lake Michigan. She and her husband Graham have two teenage daughters named Peyton and Lexie Bowe.

GEF would like to also thank Acoustic Ambush for providing the terrific live music.

We had many special guests for the evening, including Sahana Murthy from our Indian partner Guru-G and Anisa Ali Salat, GEF-Kenya young leader scholar and recent Bryn Mawr Cum Laude graduate.

Finally a sincere thank you to our very generous corporate sponsors, who helped to make the event a success.

Photos by Kayla Feldman Photography

Again thank you to all our GEF supporters and generous corporate sponsors!