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September 26, 2009 - PES Fabulously Successful 3rd Biennial Art & Artifacts 2009

Where: 4 Village Rd, Cherry Hills Village, CO

When: Saturday, September 26, 2009

Time: 6-9:30 p.m.

Beneficiary: Project Education Sudan

Host(s): Dr. Richard & Linda V.G. Kelley

Mistress of Ceremonies: Carol Francis-Rinehart

Master of Ceremonies: Rich Rinehart

Honoree(s): John & Christine Harris

EMCEE: Tamara Banks

Gala Chairperson(s): Christine Mahree Fowler

Honorary Chairperson(s): Elbra Wedgeworth

Corporate Chairperson(s): Carol Francis-Rinehart

Founders: Carol Francis-Rinehart and

Executive Director: Carol Francis-Rinehart and Isaac Khor Bher

Committee Members: Patterson Benero, Kathy Bradley, Katy Charles, Joyce Culwell, Denise Eiseman, Lynn Alexander Hardcastle, Lee Ann Huntington, Ann Jesse, Mary Ann Miro, Alyssa Om’Iniabohs, Alex Orkow, Toni Palmer, Carol Francis Rinehart, Judy Scheig

Speaker: Tamara Banks

Entertainment: Lost Boys

Information: Project Education Sudan, Building Schools & Hope in Southern Sudan

Board of Directors: Carol Francis-Rinehart (Executive Director); Isaac Khor Bher, Vice President; Ray Stranske, Board Chair; Lee Ann Huntington, Vice Chair; Richard Rinehart, Treasurer; Denise Pearson, Ph.D.; Panther Abuk Kuol; Daniel Majok Gai

Blacktie Photos by: T. DeVolder

 Linda Kelley, left, Anne Marie Kelley, Sara Hildreth and Richard Kelley
Linda Kelley, left, Anne Marie Kelley, Sara Hildreth and Richard Kelley

The popular 3rd Biennial Art & Artificats Benefit featured over 40 of Colorado’s finest artists displaying original and Sudanese inspired paintings and sculptures.  These works of art along with collector quality African artifacts were proudly displayed at Dr Richard and Linda V.G. Kelley's beautiful home in Cherry Hills. The proceeds collected will benefit the following schools which are currently under construction: Jonglei Hope Secondary Academy, Ayak Anguei Girls Primary, and Pagook Secondary School. 

The evening was full of excitement and intrigue as the talented artists mingled with the guests during the silent auction.  The colorful pieces were gracefully displayed through out the three levels of the beautiful  home.  Several of the pieces that were created were inspired from photographs of the Sudanese village from recent visits of the board members. 

The Lost Boys and Girls gave a festive and cultural presentation for the Project Education Fund-raiser. They enthusiastically dazzled the crowd with native songs, music and dance.  Plaques were presented by the Lost Boys board members to some generous individuals who have been very helpful in getting the schools built.

Project Education Sudan is a charitable organization created as a partnership of Sudanese and Americans in response to the destruction that resulted from the twenty-year civil war between Northern and Southern Sudan. Their mission is to fund and support indigenous Sudanese organizations and communities that build primary and secondary schools, and to train teachers in rural villages in Southern Sudan. Project Education Sudan believes that sustained prosperity is dependent on the ability of children and adults to receive primary and secondary education and skills training. 

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