Thursday, November 8, 2012

Laurelhurst Resident's Organization, GambiaHelp, Holding Dinner Gala Saturday Evening

Shelby with Gambian children

Shelby Tarutis, a Laurelhurst resident, who founded an organization called GambiaHELP (Health Education Liaison Project) in 1999, invites the neighborhood to the organization's annual "It Takes a Village" Auction & Dinner Gala Saturday night from  6:30 - 9:30pm at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street).

The event will be a live and silent auction with proceeds going to supporting sustainable projects benefiting women and
children in West Africa.

An authentic African dinner by Jacques Sarr of Afrikando fame will be served followed by traditional dancing and drumming of ADEFUA.

GamibaHelp is run out of Shelby's home in Laurelhurt, which she founded thirteen years ago as a result of her Peace Corps experience in The Gambia (1980-81) where she was posted as a Health Educator/Nutritionist in a rural village.

The organization's mission is to alleviate poverty in the rural areas of The Gambia. Their projects focus on sending girls to school, developing libraries, supporting women's small enterprise development and leadership training.

GambiaHelp is an all volunteer, non-denominational, 501 (c) 3 and also accepts donations in which 95% of every donor dollar goes directly to fund projects. Funds go to support health and education projects in The Gambia, West Africa. Ninety-five percent (95%) of every donor dollar goes directly to fund projects.

Tickets to tomorrow's event are $90 per person and can be purchased online or by calling 206-660-5826.

For more  information about the event or about GambiaHELP’s projects in West Africa contact Executive Director Shelby Tarutis, MPH at  or check out GambiaHelp.

Here is a detailed post we did last year about the organization.

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