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Lyn Pinezych and Carla Raij at the entryway. Hanging behind them are
real City Bakery marshmallows used in their amazing hot chocolate.

Photos by Rubina Hussain and Susan Zafer

More committed and more organized than ever before, volunteers pulled together live music, a photo gallery, delicious food and an incredibly comprehensive silent auction at New York's famed City Bakery. The result was not only a rollicking party, but also a financial milestone. As of 5.10.10, we've made more than $32,000, including more tickets sold than ever before—and we're still counting!

Vounteers Nancy Chuang and Claire Kenny
with founder Kip Myers

Rachel Jones with founder Rosemary Phiri
We were thrilled to hold the event at one of founder Kip Myers' favorite spots in New York. City Bakery's creative menu included Japanese guacamole and mini brioche BLTs, but to our Malawian guests' delight, the cooks also whipped up a batch of nsima—the pounded maize dish central to Malawian cuisine. Huge thanks to Keith Katz for securing wine donations, and to Jamie Katz for getting Mike's Hard Lemonade to donate so generously. Sixpoint Craft Ales supplied more than enough excellent beers to get everyone bidding heavily on the silent auction.


This year those auction items ranged from Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Grandstand tickets to a personal "60 Minutes" studio tour with Lesley Stahl. We offered "weekend in New York" packages with stays at the Standard and Chambers Hotels, dinners at Buttermilk Channel and Perilla, and entertainment such as tickets to the Blue Note or a harbor cruise. Founders Rosemary and Moffat Phiri brought handmade crafts from Malawi, and even Malawi-mama Madonna made an appearance—in the form of her coffee-table books and a concert CD.

Founder Moffat Phiri performs with his
Brooklyn backup band.

Honored guests Kalekeni Banda and Rose Carroll, of the Banda Bola Sports Foundation.

City Bakery's space was the perfect size.
Live music was the biggest treat, with our wonderful friends Kenneth, Taylor, Pasquale and Greg forming an energetic backing band for Moffat. Attendees were able to dance to traditional Malawian music at several intervals throughout the evening. We hope Moffat will make his CD available to us soon!

We had a lot of fun while raising a record-breaking amount of money for our ever-growing scholarship program. Eight of our original twelve boys are currently in private schools, thanks to our supporters, and we're working hard to get the remaining boys there as well. The program supports other area scholarship applicants, with We Are One funds paying the salary of a dedicated program manager. Your donations make a tangible difference, and we can't thank you enough.

See our long list of thank yous.

Check out 2007's event.