On December 8th, the wonderful Questlove, founding member of musical group The Roots and Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, supported the Seeds of Africa Foundation at its annual New Yorkers for Seeds fundraiser by performing curated DJ set list of Prince, Michael Jackson, Blondie and more.
The event celebrated the organization’s mission to educate and nurture children and their families by providing quality education and community development programs in Adama, Ethiopia with The Dream School Campaign. The Dream School Campaign launched in October 2014 and has, so far, raised $1.3 million of its total $2.2 Million goal to fund the creation of an Ethiopian Academy and community center to serve up to 600 students, their families and the Adama community at large. It will meet the most rigorous international academic standards and prepare its students to succeed in high school, college and beyond.
Guests celebrated the fantastic evening with signature cocktail recipes courtesy of Owl’s Brew, Tito’s Vodka and Four Roses bourbon while also dancing to the sounds of DJ MOMA.
In attendance were Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation President John Damonti, Mashable Founder Peter Cashmore, Kimmy Huynh, The Dolls’ Mia Moretti and Margot, Rap Artist Cakes da Killa, The Wire actor Gbenga Akinnagbe, Seeds of Africa Founder Atti Worku, Sarah Simmons, TED Global Partnerships Developer Milton Speid (TED), Tigist Helen Schmidt, Leila Straus, Bravo’s Chef Roble, author and filmmaker Nelson George, writer Teju Cole, Malika Weeden and Saada Ahmed.
Seeds of Africa is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to educate and nurture children and their families by providing quality education and community development programs in Adama, Ethiopia. We move beyond the traditional aid model by shifting from mere relief efforts, to providing students, families, and communities with the resources and skills they need to support themselves and find local solutions to fight poverty, increase civic participation, and enhance community re-investment. (www.seedsofafrica.org)