March 14, 2018

Meghann, our Founder and Executive Director, discusses the outstanding outcome of our Arusha, TZ Gala this past weekend and the impact made by all of the gracious guests of the evening!

TFFT Family,

WOW – we are so excited with how the weekend’s event went, it was an evening to remember. Thank you so much for being a part of our success.  We were reminded once again how our collective passion magnifies our impact as we push forward lighting the way for the children and teachers we serve. Thank you for helping us celebrate the power of education!

Together we raised $15,825 USD.  These funds will help fuel TFFT’s ability to continue our important work. From helping our scholars maintain healthy minds and bodies, to arming teachers with crucial tools to be effective in the classroom, to showcasing examples of excellence for others to pursue, each and every dollar raised will have a profound impact on the fulfilment of our mission. Thank you to the sponsors who made this event possible – George Mavroudis, George’s TavernSt. Constantine’s School for the venue, TGT for the tent, Singita Serengeti, Caitrin Breslin and Justin Trappe!

We are so grateful for those who donated gifts of time, talent and dollars! We also want to thank those who contributed to our auction – as that itself brought in almost $10,000 on Saturday. Rebekah Jasmine,Townhouse Arusha/Lela Mavroudis, Kazkazi Horse Safaris  Dom LeverSidai  Leen SamynGibbs FarmMt. Meru Game LodgeLouise HillShanga  Kili Golf  Polo Safari Club/Golf&Wildlife Resorts, & BeyondNomad Trust, Air Excel and Sanctuary Retreats! If you left your auction items with us they are available to collect at any point in our office on Old Moshi Road, in King Solomon House, opposite Mafao House – top floor.

As I look back on this weekend and TFFT’s 11 year journey, I am humbled by the fundamental influence each of you has had on our success. We are proud to call Arusha our home! I continue to reflect on where we started, how the power of one turned into the power of ten, which turned into the power of thousands, influencing countless lives – we could not have done it without each of you! Thank you for not only helping make this event a success, but for learning about our work, our story and sharing it with those you work with, and those who are your friends.

As we move into this second decade, we continue to celebrate your influence, which has helped us grow and thrive. I hope the energy in the tent on Saturday carries forward into new collaborations, partnerships and donors. Please post your pictures with the hashtag #LightingTheWay or #FaceofTFFT from the night. We will also post the professional photographs tomorrow on TFFT’s Facebook page. Learn more about TFFT Scholar Fatuma’s reality and how your contribution has helped transformed her life here.

Remember when we focus on our students, teachers, and quality educational opportunities, we are allowing these individuals to have their own power of influence, the opportunity to thrive in their communities, and the chance to impact others on a greater scale! Thanks again for being a part of our TFFT Family. Please feel free to reach out to Melissa and I to learn more about how you can be a part of our work throughout the year!

In Service,