Thursday, February 23, 2012

Project Hope Worldwide to Host 3rd Annual Dinner and Auction at the Mayo Hotel - Sets Goal of $150,000 for Ugandan Orphans

Tulsa, OK – Project Hope Worldwide (PHW), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which has built an orphanage and school in Lira, Uganda, will host their 3rd annual fundraiser, “Kwero!”, on April 20, 2012 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the historic Mayo Hotel in downtown Tulsa and will include a catered dinner, as well as feature amazing silent and live auction items. Entertainment will be provided by The Groove Merchants, the highly acclaimed Top-40 entertainment band from Oklahoma City. Last year’s event proved to be a huge success, having raised approximately $107,000, which went directly toward furthering the construction of the orphanage. This year’s theme, “Celebrating Transformation”, is a celebration of the redeemed 48 girls and boys currently living at the orphanage, called “Calo Me Lare”, which means “Village of Redemption” in the Luo Ugandan language. Board members and volunteers are predicting this year’s event to be even better with hopes of raising $150,000 with all proceeds going towards their continued efforts for orphans in Uganda.

Project Hope Worldwide was founded in 2008 by board members Derk Madden, Kelley Compton and Lyndon Becker of Owasso, OK. PHWW's mission is to care for and provide hope for orphans in Lira, Uganda who have been most impacted by the AIDS epidemic and 23 years of war with the rebel forces of northern Uganda. Their ultimate goals for Calo Me Lare are to provide a nurturing home, a quality education, sufficient medical care, an effective character-based mentoring program and a self-sustaining community that will empower the children to establish themselves in an eventual career and serve as leaders in their communities and country. In order to accomplish this, PHWW has been working to raise funds through private donations, corporate sponsorships and special fundraisers, such as Kwero, to build an orphanage, medical clinic and private school. PHWW is excited to announce a recent partnership with Tulsa Regent Preparatory School, which will help ensure the best possible education for the children at Calo Me Lare. Its 5-year Master Plan includes 16 fully furnished homes, which will eventually house 128 orphan boys and girls.

To learn more about “Kwero!”, purchase tickets, or acquire information about table sponsorship, please visit their blog at And to view the most up-to-date progress on Calo Me Lare, visit the Project Hope Worldwide website at or find them on facebook at

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