On Thursday, April 21st, Empowers Africa, a nonprofit foundation that supports programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, held its annual gala dinner. The event raised over $140,000 for human empowerment and wildlife protection programs in Africa, with safaris valued at $63,000 still open for bidding on Charitybuzz until April 27th. Empowers Africa supported programs received 100% of proceeds from ticket sales and auction items. Those programs included rural feeding programs, anti-poaching intiatives and income generating projects.
The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Richard Wiese, Host and Producer of the ABC series, "Born to Explore." The auctioner was Eliza Osborne, Executive Director at the Center of Pompidou Foundation. The honorees included Dr. Craig Parker, Director of the University of Minnesota Lion Center, Pippa Hankinson, "Blood Lions" Producer, Ian Michler, "Blood Lions" Consultant and Dr. Andrew Venter, "Blood Lions" Executive Producer and Wildlands CEO.
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