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‘A Night for Africa'
Thabo and Bertille Sefolosha will host “A Night for Africa” in Oklahoma City on Saturday to benefit the after-school programs in Mamelodi, South Africa, that are sponsored by the Swiss foundation IMBEWU-Suisse. The OKC Thunder's Thabo Sefolosha serves as international spokesman for IMBEWU, which means “seed” in the Xhosa language of South Africa.
The red-carpet event, to be held in the private Gaillardia home of Steve and Tina Dodson, will include a fashion show featuring couture designs by top South African designers, tastings of fine wines from around the world, gourmet food, silent auction and jazz entertainment. The event is being organized by Bertille Sefolosha with support from sponsors who donated the food, wine, fashion and more, and the couple hope to raise $100,000 this year, mostly in Oklahoma.
Nearly all money raised (98 percent) goes directly to the South African programs, which involves 150 children from six schools in Mamelodi.
The Sefoloshas plan to use the money raised to pay for six youth leaders working to expand the program to include 200 children; rehabilitating the basketball court; building a security fence around the complex; building a sports station to host basketball, soccer, rugby, netball and tournaments; life skills programs and more. They also want to raise money for shoes and gym clothes for the kids attending the programs.
Tickets are $400 per person or $750 per couple, and are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Those wanting to make a nonprofit donation to the Sefolosha's work can do so by going online to email@example.com and clicking on the “donate” tab.