Gala in New York will raise funds for global youth initiatives

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Gala in New York will raise funds for global youth initiatives

A gala in New York City will help celebrate the many achievements Miracle Corners of the World and will help raise funds for future MCW initiatives — projects like the School of Dentistry at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. (Photo courtesy of Jim Lopes, Henry Schein Inc.)
Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

Thu. 1 April 2010


NEW YORK, USA: Miracle Corners of the World (MCW), will hold its sixth annual Gala Dinner on Tuesday, 13 April, at the New York University Kimmel Center, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event will include a silent auction, reception, dinner and program.

MCW was founded in 1999 as a not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to empower youth to become leaders of change and to serve youth worldwide through various leadership training, community center and partner initiative programs.

“At last year’s dinner, almost 400 guests from the diplomatic, academic, not-for-profit and business communities helped us raise US$550,000 to support our programs,” said Eddie Bergman, co-founder and executive director of MCW, in a letter to supporters. “The current economic climate is a challenging one, which is why, despite our recent achievements and the opportunities that await us in the coming year, our goal for 2010 remains the same.”

Bergman said the gala will help celebrate the many MCW achievements of the past year, including the following:

  • Completing a new youth center in Rwanda that will offer courses in entrepreneurship, English language, information technology and performing arts, as well as trauma counseling and microfinance services.
  • Groundbreaking for a new youth center in Chanyanya, Zambia. The center is expected to open in 2010.
  • Presenting the new MCW Alumni Ventures Award to two youth leadership retreat alumni. Each will receive a year of mentoring and a start-up grant to help turn their visions for change into reality.
  • Completing the full renovation of Tanzania’s Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) School of Dentistry in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and leading dental equipment and supplies manufacturers and distributors.
  • Delivering preventive and acute oral health care to hundreds of pre-school and high-school students and their families in Songea, Tanzania.
  • Through educational events in the United States and abroad, continuing to raise awareness of the crime of genocide.
  • Completing the 12th Annual Youth Leadership Retreat with the most diverse and largest group of participants yet.

Bergman said that the MCW’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Dr John Brademas, NYU president emeritus, former politician, educator and longtime MCW friend and supporter. Two individuals—Dikembe Mutombo, chairman and president of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation and National Basketball Association (NBA) global ambassador, and H.E. Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United States—will receive the MCW Leadership Award.

More information about the gala dinner and the MCW in general is available by phone, at +1 212 453 5811, or online, at

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