Five ways you made the 2014 WAVS Dinner Banquet amazing

You did it!

Here are 5 ways you helped make the 2014 WAVS Dinner Banquet an incredible success:
1) You showed up!

About 300 guests and volunteers attended the ‘Dine and Discover West Africa’ dinner banquet last Friday at Moravia Wines in Fresno – twice as many as last year!

Click here to see photos of the dinner banquet

2) You gave very generously!

Many of you donated toward Friday’s goal of raising $21,000 to fully sponsor Mario Djedjo, the WAVS School’s Language Director, for three years. In the end, you gave a total of $29,428 – not including a generous $15,000 match from the Forward Advantage Foundation in Fresno, bringing the total for the night to $44,428! (This was three times what was raised last year). We would like to extend a special thank you to the 4 new teacher sponsors who signed up to help fund Mario on a monthly basis. Your contributions will help us not only fully fund the Language Department, but also the other departments at the school. Thank you

If you haven’t had the chance yet, you can still make a one-time donation toward helping fund the WAVS School. You can also sign up to become a monthly teacher sponsor.

3) The WAVS Team

More than 45 volunteers worked tirelessly to plan the banquet, invite guests and sponsors, set up tables and chairs, cook a delicious meal to feed a small army, decorate the venue, set up sound and video, welcome guests, serve wine and food, document the event, manage the auctions and much more. Because of the hard work of the WAVS Team and our generous sponsors, this event cost less than 20% of what it should have. Thank you to the dedicated WAVS Team!

4) You enjoyed a unique buffet

Chef Alfredo from Guinea-Bissau outdid himself this year – his West African cooking, backed by some great volunteers, turned out amazing. Come back next year for some more of Alfredo’s famous spicy soup and select local wines. In case you’re wondering, here are the food stats:

142 pounds of pork

197 pounds of chicken

120 pounds of tilapia

cases of wine

5) You showed solidarity with Guinea-Bissau’s new prime minister

Fresno State alumnus Domingos Pereira shared a special 5-minute video message with us on Friday that highlighted why it’s so important for us to invest in his country and its youth at this critical time in its history. If you missed it, you can watch it here.


We hope to see you next year! If you would like to host a table or help sponsor the dinner banquet in 2015, please let us know by responding to this email.

Thank you again to our sponsors and corporate donors: