I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren’s brother and sister-in-law, Emily, last year for Lights of Hope. A few minutes into our chat, I felt like we were old friends. Both Emily and Marcus are warm, caring people (I guess it runs in the family!). It was a thrill to see them again at Art for Ethiopia last November, and I’m so happy that they’re taking part in this year’s Lights of Hope. Emily, so very generous with her time, agreed to be a guest blogger this month. Please read her thoughts below:
I got involved with EOR because of my beautiful niece Meron who was adopted from Ethiopia 3 years ago. I had such a fantastic time at the Lights of Hope event last year that I can’t wait for the 2nd Annual Lights of Hope event on May 8th!
Some of the words that come to mind to describe Lights of Hope are Fun, Excitement, Energy, Generosity, Awareness, Caring, Community and Inspired.
FUN: because of the fabulous group of people, food, and drinks! Everyone was there to have a good time
EXCITEMENT: about all the amazing items in the live and silent auction (and hoping to win).
ENERGY: because of all the positive thoughts, words, and feelings that were expressed throughout the night.
GENEROSITY because of the amazing amount of generosity during Raise the Paddle.
AWARENESS: because this event helped raise awareness of how many orphans need our help.
CARING: because so many people showed how much they care about making a difference in the lives of children in Ethiopia.
COMMUNITY: because of all the wonderful people who came together this particular evening and really made a difference.
INSPIRED: to make Lights of Hope a greater success every year.
Thank you so much Emily for being such an integral part of Lights of Hope and EOR. With your help, we raised more than $30,000.00 and this year, I know we can do it again.