H E A L T H & H O P E
A selfless act of fundraising, building, and providing support to those who may never experience the material enhances and privileges that some of us may have the opportunities to possess, truly goes a long way.
The greatest risk people can ever take is stepping out of their comfort zone and extending their heart and helping hands to others in need; to step outside of self genuinely and authentically in order to provide a service that’s challenging and at times could even put your being at stake.
But the successful outcome when you see the smile and sincere gratitude from another, well, that’s a reward in itself.
The Geanco Foundation exudes that sense of selflessness. Established in 2005 by Dr. Godwin Onyema, MD, along with his family, their foundation is built on the principle of improving the lives of the vulnerable, the poor, and women and children by providing medical and educational centers.
Honing his skills and medical education in Chicago, where he and his family are current residents, Dr. Godwin and the Geanco Foundation has worked immensely to give back to their homeland, Nigeria.
Aware of the political warfare and volatile situations in Nigera, Dr. Onyema’s dream has always been to open a hospital in his native land of Anambra. And now more than ever that dream is a working progress.
On December 3rd, the foundation held its first sponsored Chicago fundraiser, The Health & Hope for Africa Gala Concert with an intimate performance from singer/actress Syesha Mercado and huge support from Chicago Bear, Amobi Okoye who donated signed Bears memorabilia and took pictures with many of the guests.
The elegant and charitable event took place at the Museum of Science and Industry in the Hyde Park neighborhood and raised $60, 000, which will benefit the medical missions to Nigeria and the Augustine Memorial Hospital in Anambra State.
Before engaging in Syesha’s entertaining and talented performance, attendees were treated to a lavish cocktail reception and enjoyed a grand dinner fused with inspirational stories of health and hope.
The space was filled with many local celebrities and countless important dignitaries that the guests were able to mingle with. Among these significant figures were Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, who gave the opening remarks, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Other special guests included the legendary African-American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., and Oak Park Village Manager Tom Barwin. Top executives from AON/Hewitt, Ariel Investments, Ernst & Young, Discover Financial Services and General Growth Properties, were also in attendance.
Following the event, Dr. Onyema shared his gratitude stating, “I couldn't be happier with how our Gala turned out. I want to express my gratitude to all of our special guests and attendees. Without their support and generosity, we could not do our life-saving work in Africa."
Support the mission: www.geanco.org.
Images from the excellent event are below!
Photo Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for GEANCO Foundation
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