Orphans to Ambassadors 2013 Winter GalaFeaturing The Premier of Orphans to Ambassadors Short Documentary Film

WHEN? Saturday, December 7th, 2013 From 6:00 pm - Midnight

WHERE? The Hall at Fauntleroy in West Seattle 9131 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136

HOW? Get your tickets online HERE Attire: Cocktail/Business attire $75 each, $70/couple, $60/Table of ten

WHAT? Silent Auction, Live Auction, Dinner, Drinks, Dessert, A great time! Brief overview of O2A and highlights from this year's projects Wine toss & Red Carpet Event O2A Video Screening Photo Booth Raffle

WHY? The Annual Winter Gala is O2A's largest and most attended fundraising event of the year.  Our aim with this event is to raise awareness and build interest around what we do and to recognize, thank and reward our amazing donors and volunteers.   Proceeds from the 2013 Winter Gala Annual Fundraising Event went directly to supporting O2A's international projects in 2014.

This year's gala was amazing event.  We served appetizers, dinner, dessert and drinks and had a live and silent auction.  Our guests learned about Orphans to Ambassadors and how they can change the lives of marginalized and orphaned children.


Donate to celebrate the wedding of Emily Kelley and Ashley Brown!


Emily and Ashley have generously decided not to ask for wedding gifts.  Instead they are asking that you donate to Orphans to Ambassadors!


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Join us in celebrating Emily and Ashley's upcoming union by donating to Orphans to Ambassadors!







Did you know that more than 1.6 billion people live without electricity?  Orphans to Ambassadors brings lights and energy to those that do not have access to electricity.  We are very excited to host our first run to raise money in support of solar electricity for two orphanages in Uganda.

On May 4th 2013, Orphans to Ambassadors hosted ‘Run for Lights’ 5K run in Lincoln Park in West Seattle to raise funds for solar installation projects taking place in 2013.

Course Description:

The course takes you on a loop in the upper section of Lincoln park on a trail path through gorgeous woods and finishes with a loop along the boardwalk with breathtaking views of Puget Sound.  This course is approximately 3 miles and does include a few short hills with a section of the run on a dirt trail.  It is very scenic and walkers, runners, children and pets on leash are invited to participate.

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December 2011 Winter Gala in Washington State

December 2011 Holiday Gift-wrapping Fundraiser in Charlotte, NC (SouthPark Mall)

Charlotte, NC volunteers initiated an eight-day gift wrapping booth in one of Charlotte's busiest malls, raising almost $4,000!  This fundraiser idea began with the 2010 holiday gift wrapping event in led by Jake Gentry and Suzanne Fossum in Washington state, where O2A raised around $10,000! We couldn't have done the Charlotte gift wrapping event without the planning, coordination, and long hours put in by volunteer Mercedes Camprubi-Soms.  She recruited over thirty volunteers, manned the booth all eight days from open to close, and spearheaded this entire event.  She continued fundraising after the gift-wrapping booth closed and went on to travel to the IWE project in May 2012, co-leading the project documentation and helping with the construction and travel logistics!  Thanks for your hard work Mercedes!


California Bay Area Lunch Fundraiser:  Thursday May 17, 2012 California Bay Area Dinner Fundraiser:  Friday May 18, 2012 California Bay Area Evening Fundraiser: Saturday May 19, 2012

May 2011 Spring Wine Cruise Hosted by Rotary

After an Orphans to Ambassadors presentation with the Rotary Club of Lake Norman, they generously offered to contribute funds raised from this year's Spring Wine Cruise aboard the Yachta Yachta Yachta.  Drinks and food aboard a yacht this summer sounds pretty good, and there's a raffle on-board to boot!

"It is a great time to enjoy Lake Norman and a sunset cruise benefitting an outstanding beneficiary[that's us]"


May 13, 2011 A Night for Ngara Benefit in Charlotte

Charlotte volunteers hosted a Live Raffle Party at the super-cool Dharma Lounge on Friday May 13th in Charlotte.

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Raffle Prizes

  • $300 Cash
  • 20 Person Wine Tasting from Total Wine
  • 4 Person Wine Tasting from Corkscrew
  • 1 Month Unlimited Yoga from YogaOne
  • Pizza A Month for 1 Year from Wolfman Pizza
  • 1 Hour Swedish or Deep-Tissue Massage
  • Charlotte Bobcats Fan-Pack
  • (2) AllSport Passes from U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • (2) One-Day Tickets Carowinds
  • (2) Xavier Rudd Tickets May 17th
  • (4) Chatham County Line Tickets June 18th
  • (4) Kannapolis Intimidator Tickets
  • (4) Renaissance Festival Tickets
  • Dinner for Two from Cabo Fish Taco
  • $25 Gift Card from Run-For-Your-Life (+water bottle)
  • $25 Gift Certificate from Brixx (Uptown)
  • $25 Gift Card from Carrabba's


April 2, 2011 Yard sale in Charlotte, NC

Saturday from 7am-2pm we hosted another yard sale to raise funds for the Nazareti Orphanage in Ngara, Tanzania.  Leftover baked goods were sold too!

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Appalachian State University's Diversity Celebration

Boone Volunteers ran a booth at ASU's Diversity Celebration on Wednesday April 6th in the Student Union.  They made paper flowers for donations and answered any questions about the organization for those interested in supporting or volunteering with us.


Volunteer Meet and Greet with Founder in Charlotte

Wednesday March 23th 6:30-9:00pm at KickStand, our Charlotte volunteer team hosted a dinner with long-time friend and Orphans to Ambassadors' Founder, Jake Gentry. Our entire Charlotte side project has been conducted by e-mail, Dropbox and Skype so we looked forward to catching up in-person and discussing the team's progress.

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte Bake sale

UNCC Grads and Charlotte Volunteers hosted Bake sale on March 17, 2011 from 10am-3pm on the first floor of the Student Union.  All our goods were homemade and, though they don't look like the picture below, they benefitted a good cause and tasted professional.  Proceeds go towards the Nazareti Orphanage Project in Ngara, Tanzania.

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Water Filter Demonstration in Charlotte, NC

Over four weekends at SouthPark Mall in Charlotte, we sold candles from Southern Candle Company in Wilkesboro and even got some people to sport our O2A t-shirts.  We had face-painting as well (you can see the station on the left if you squint).  The biggest draw was the solar-powered water filter we had running through a fish tank. The unusual sight encouraged many people to slow down to check it out and ask questions.  The design is very simple and we hope to duplicate if we can recruit a tech-savvy volunteer!


Gift-Wrapping Kiosk in Tukwila, Wa

Over the holiday weekends this past December, O2A hosted six tables at South Center Mall in Tukwila, WA.  It was our biggest and most successful fundraiser yet and got us to our 2010 goal of $20,000.  The goal wasn't an arbitrary one - we had a full $20,000 match and we reached it!

Bumbershoot Music Festival, Seattle, WA

We held an information booth at the Northwest's largest music festival this summer, with over 200,000 people attending. It was a great way to get our name and information out there, plus free music!

Cooking for a Cause in April

Donors joined us for an O2A benefit which involved a cooking class with wine pairings from Seattle chef Karen Binkhorst.   Thriftway and QFC made donations toward the food costs and Dish it Up Magnolia donated their cooking class kitchen space!