Unstoppable Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Unstoppable Gala

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime
— Lao Tzu
Founder, Cynthia Kersey, presenting Jane Marindany “Mama Jane” with the 2018 Unstoppable Achievement Award

Founder, Cynthia Kersey, presenting Jane Marindany “Mama Jane” with the 2018 Unstoppable Achievement Award

I’ve always been drawn to sustainable causes and the concept of empowering underserved communities with education, so when I learned of the Unstoppable Foundation, I was immediately interested. The Unstoppable Foundation is a nonprofit humanitarian organization focused on providing sustainable education to children and communities in developing countries. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, the Unstoppable Foundation hosted this year’s Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on a beautiful early spring evening. Attendees included celebrities, athletes, best-selling authors, and influencers, all with a shared mission of lifting entire communities out of poverty.

Kenyan Boys Choir kicking off the night

Kenyan Boys Choir kicking off the night

Guests eagerly raising their hands during the live auction

Guests eagerly raising their hands during the live auction

The evening kicked off with cocktails on the terrace overlooking the Aqua Star Pool, then moved into the International Ballroom where John O’Hurley (Seinfeld fans would know him best as J. Peterman) greeted the crowd as the Master of Ceremony. Entertainment included the soulful voice of Janice Freeman, and the Kenyan Boys Choir who got everyone moving. During dinner, the extraordinary live auction items, which included experiences like a trip to Kenya and a private stay in a private villa on Little Exuma Island, had hands raising at crazy speeds…proceeds from the live auction alone generated enough money to sponsor several villages – YES!

The most unforgettable moments of the evening for me included hearing Cynthia Kersey, Founder, shares her story behind starting the organization 10 years ago on her birthday, and Jane Marindany, AKA “Mama Jane,” who never thought she could go to school because “only boys went to school, not girls.” Instead, this powerful woman, together with WE Charity and the Unstoppable Foundation, restored her very poor village of Emori Joi, Kenya, and built its first school where both she and her children benefited from an education.

To learn more and/or get involved with the Unstoppable Foundation, please visit: https://unstoppablefoundation.org @unstoppable_foundation

About The Unstoppable Foundation

The Unstoppable Foundation has successfully provided sustainable education to children and communities in developing countries for the past decade through its 5-pillar model, Save a Village (SAV). These 5 Pillars are: Education, Clean Water, Nutrition, Healthcare, Income Training. Without access to clean water, children spend their days fetching clean water versus going to school gaining an education. If a child is sick, they are out of school for months because they don’t have access to healthcare.
This holistic and effective approach incorporates everything crucial to lifting communities out of poverty and removing obstacles to educating children. This program is not a handout, but a hand up. Within approximately 5 years of implementation, projects are fully sustainable and parents no longer need financial support.