In case you missed it… Great Granddaughters – The Recap
On October 6th, 2016, Edge of Seven hosted its annual event and celebration of girls’ education. The event title and theme this year was “Great Granddaughters,” which emphasizes Edge of Seven’s principle of focusing on future generations. It’s one thing to serve and impact the populations of today, but Edge of Seven strives to create change that will endure beyond the women and girls of today, and continue to improve life for their great granddaughters, too. We keep future generations in mind when we build schools with infrastructures that can endure natural disasters, when we teach women and girls skills that they can pass on to their families, and when we reach out to rural communities to find out what they need to thrive on their own.
We kicked off the evening at the Summit Church with drinks, delicious Nepali cuisine from Sherpa House in Golden (http://ussherpahouse.com/) and a silent auction for attendees to browse and cast bids. Some of the silent auction items that were available included jewelry pieces by Kendra Scott, a group wine tasting package at Bonacquisiti Wine Company, Patagonia sweaters, Icelantic Skis, brewery tours, and EarthTreks Climbing Center passes. Overall there were 65 items in the silent auction!
Shannon Galpin delivered a beautiful and inspiring keynote presentation for our event, describing some of the work she has done with empowering girls in Afghanistan through bicycles! Shannon is the founder of Mountain2Mountain and Combat Apathy, amongst other projects, and works with the women’s cycling team of Afghanistan. The women of this boundary-breaking cycling team are some of the National Geographic Adventurers of the Year for 2016 ( http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/2016/afghan-women-cycling-team/ ), a title that Shannon Galpin also earned herself in 2013 ( http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/2013/shannon-galpin/ ). You can read more about Shannon’s activist and non-profit work here: http://shannongalpin.com
We also held a live auction after Shannon’s presentation to further raise funds for Edge of Seven’s projects. Guests went home with African safari trips in their future, Denver date night packages, a Nepalese dinner for 10, a Breckenridge ski home for 3 nights for 15 people, and even a pair of brand new skis from Golden-based Icelantic Skis!
We had a great turnout of about 180 people that came together in the mutual interest of empowering girls around the world through education and economic opportunities. Thank you to all of our attendees, donors, sponsors, and volunteers who were a part of Edge of Seven’s event this year. It is truly thanks to your time, support, and generosity that Edge of Seven has the tools to change lives in Rwanda, Nepal and Kenya. The funds raised from Great Granddaughters will create concrete impacts that will last for generations.
It is easy to fall into a discouraged mindset when one thinks about how many girls around the world simply do not have equal rights and opportunities to education, but the vast support for Edge of Seven’s mission and projects that we saw at this event was nothing short of beautiful and encouraging. The passion and understanding of the necessity of girls’ education is spreading, and while the world is far from achieving universal education, actions are being taken, and positive change is happening on a global scale. Edge of Seven will continue to support sustainable infrastructure projects and educational programs that empower women and girls around the world until rural and developing communities are able to grow independently, with women who are just as successful as men.
Here’s to another year of education, empowerment, and new opportunities for women and girls to thrive around the world!
Special thanks to our Changemaker Sponsors!
Our event sponsors, Conscious Real Estate and Jacalyn Gallegos Mortgage Loan Originator, help support organizations like ours through real estate. When you buy a home with the Conscious Real Estate/OTUBNS partnership, Conscious Real Estate will contribute 10% of their commission to our organization and OTUBNS will add an additional $500.