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Charity Auction for Children in Zimbabwe

May 5, 2011

Ambassador Bible Center Holds Fundraiser to Serve Children in Zimbabwe

Brittany Ballo displays a cheesecake being auctioned off by Brent Martin. This cheesecake brought in the second-highest bid of the night, $285!

The Ambassador Bible Center (ABC) students opened the doors of the United Church of God home office on Sunday, May 1, to host the 10th Annual Charity Auction to benefit children—this time for children in Zimbabwe. Funds were raised for the Benenga family, and other impoverished families, to send their children to receive a primary education and to benefit the local community.

The ABC class began collecting donations in January and received many gift cards, certificates, services and items donated by local businesses and church membersA Days of Unleavened Bread Fundraiser also was used to augment the funds for the Charity Auction and added $1,300 to the final fundraiser amount. Over 35 baked goods were provided for the Live Auction which brought in $2,880 the night of the fundraiser. The Silent Auction portion yielded $1,404. With monetary donations from all sources considered, the total amount raised for the Zimbabwe Education Fund is over $5,600.

Alyssa Whynaucht holds the top selling dessert of the auction, a Baklava assortment made by Barbara Antion that captured a top bid of $425!

The exciting evening showcased the talent of ABC students in a Variety Show which was then interspersed with time for auctioning off mouth-watering cookies, cakes and pies. Brittany Borgna was the mastermind behind perhaps the best hor’douerves served at a Charity Auction. Current ABC students manned the sound booth and backstage, as well as put on their performance faces for the show. Amber Duran and Brent Martin were the Master of Ceremonies. Mr. Martin doubled as the lively, clever auctioneer who even did fairly accurate and humorous impersonations of the ABC professors.

Hamming it up after their "African Dance" number are, from left, Chelsea Dawe, Alyssa Whynaucht, Brittany Whynaucht, Amber Duran and Sabrina Clore

Variety Show acts included singing accompanied by guitar and piano, a piano instrumental, a number of skits ranging from a Saturday Night Live inspired performance to an impromptu “Who’s Line is it Anyway” prop game. Dancing talent was well represented in over three acts: An ancient Israeli timbrel dance, complete with flying multi-colored ribbons; a salsa dancing couple, one of which is Jaime Salek, an ABC student from Colombia, heated things up; and the finale act was a rendition of traditional African dancing complete with face paint.

Class treasurer, Antonio Lombardo, keeps track of the bids.

Many of the students felt a strong sense of accomplishment in helping their greater community. Mr. Salek explained, “I was nervous to perform but grateful to God to have opportunity to participate…I feel I was doing something important  for people.”

Mr. Michael Roberts went on to explain how he felt it went, “Tremendous! A lot of work, but it really helped our class to come together as one.”

Excitement mounts as Josh Cook throws his auction paddle into the air.

Mr. Randy Stiver, a professor at ABC, commented on the event: “The students did a great job in the organizing…You see how God works it all out and it all fell into place like the class wanted it to. The value of building faith with character was brilliant. Entertainment was great and humor was the funniest thing. All aspects were good.”

Overall, the Charity Auction of 2011 was an enjoyable, fulfilling experience for all who attended. The ABC class of 2011 would like to thank everyone who participated and donated to this event, making it huge success!

Sabrina Clore—ABC Service Projects Coordinator

May 5, 2011 - Posted by | Ambassador Bible Center, Home Office | , , , , , ,


  1. I had the opportunity to attend the event. I left with such deep respect and admiration for the ABC students. They worked so hard to put on such an awesome evening. I was also very encouraged to see former ABC students and young adults come out and support the cause.

    Thanks to all involved that made this such a wonderful activity.

    Comment by Janet Treadway | May 5, 2011 | Reply

  2. Our most profound thanks to the ABC students for their labour of love in raising this substantial amount to assist our young people here get an education. Some have in the past been sent away from school for lack of school fees. Your gift ensures this will not happen again for some years to come.

    Many thanks and God bless.

    Mike Mukarati.

    Comment by Mike Mukarati | May 9, 2011 | Reply

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