WM Hope Foundation 2nd Fundraising Dinner Gala

On this day, let us pay tribute to those whom HIV/AIDS took from us too soon, and let us recognize those who continue to fight for a world free from AIDS. Let us also recognize researchers, providers, and advocates, who work each day on behalf of people living with HIV, and in honor of the precious lives we have lost to HIV. Together, we can forge a future in which no person — here in America or anywhere in our world — knows the pain or stigma caused by HIV/AIDS.
— ~Barack Obama

About the Fundraising Dinner:

The previous weekend, WM Hope Foundation hosted its second annual fundraising dinner, on December 1st, to commemorate World AIDS Day.

It’s always a great pleasure to see people united for a great cause that in many ways, has affected each one of us in one way or another. According to a report by the World Health Organization, as of 2017, there were 36.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide; 940,000,000 died from the disease.

The purpose of the fundraiser was to raise money for 1.) school fees for children at Matero Primary School in Zambia and 2.) AIDS Walk Zambia 2019.

HIV and AIDS continues to be a major developmental challenge for Zambia, which still has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world. There were about 1.2 million people living with HIV in Zambia in 2017, according to a report by unaids.org. In this same year, there were about 250, 000 orphaned children, and 16,000 AIDS-related death. That is a high number for a country of only about 17 million people;

These amazing women worked so hard to make this event happen! Thank you for all your hard work my loves.

These amazing women worked so hard to make this event happen! Thank you for all your hard work my loves.

Our fight to end HIV/AID is ongoing and each of us can make a difference even in the smallest acts – whether it’s showing up to an event for a worthy cause or whether it’s by lending a helping hand to a friend or relative in need that is affected by the disease, or simply just educating yourself on the matter so you can be better equipped to help others. The fight does not end here.

You can view more photos from the event and still donate to this cause by going to http://www.wmhopefoundation.org/.

About the Fashion:

On another note, I was estatic to see all the ladies show up in the best gowns and the men, in their best suits for this event. We worked so hard to make the event elegant and we required that everyone show up in their best attire.

My dress is from Fashion Nova. I have to admit, I have fallen in love with all their gowns, they are high quality and super affordable. I had been eyeing this pearl studded dress for a while after finding it on misstook.com, but I just couldn’t justify spending almost $200 on a dress. When I found it on Fashion Nova for half the price, I almost fell off my chair and it was in my cart without a second thought. Needless to stay, it was money well spent and everyone was raving about it including myself :-).


About the Centerpieces:

I have been working on opening up a business to rent out elegant yet afordable centerpieces for brides and anyone looking to have an elegant event without breaking the bank. I started shooting for my site sometime last year but shortly thereafter, I found out I was pregant and my entire project was placed on hold. Fast forward, I’ve resumed plans to officially start my business, the website is almost done and I’ve purchased additional pieces for rent.

For this event, I used tall trumpet vases that easily held all the different arrangements that I wanted to place inside the vase. Stay tuned for more details on the rental business but in the meantime, if you have an event and would like to know what kind of pieces I have available, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Thank you for stopping by; until next time, stay blessed!