The Universal Promise Rotunda 2018 counting is over, and the answer to the question is YES! YES! YES! YES! We reached our $40,000 | 4,000 book goal for the Vusumzi Primary School Library and then some! In fact, we raised more than $55,000 that night, a sum that far surpasses any one-day total for any event in our short history. For our South African friends out there, that amounts to a whopping 800,000 Rand! Many thanks to ALL of you for purchasing tickets, showing UP, shopping, bidding, dancing, sponsoring, and exuding great energy! We were hopeful that we would fill the beautiful space that is the Rotunda, but we also knew it would require that we sell a record number of tickets; we believed in you, though, and you came through, as you have again and again and again. Thank you to all our young volunteers. We could not have done this without you. The feedback about you has been tremendous, and we so appreciate your infusion of youthful energy and vision into our efforts. The UP impact is solidifying its future because of you.
Feed the senses, and you feed the soul! From the visceral beauty of the Sidy Maiga Band and its astounding musicians from Mali and Senegal, to the fabulous DJ Jalen Young, to the deliciousness of the Kitchen Companion catered food, the South Africa wine purchased from Allen's Wine and Spirits, and the local beer provided by Mission, to the cool, experiential nature of the auction and raffle items, to the teamwork and support of the Rotunda personnel, we had it covered!
Above all, on behalf of all those affiliated with Universal Promise - from earnest South African kindergarteners to our Ilizwe crafters - thank you for your financial sacrifices, empathy, and ubuntu. Ubuntu. I am because of you. Nothing feels better.