14 plus, Raising Money Through Annual Cocktail to Benefit children’s education in Africa
For three years, young professionals, staunch businessmen, and all-around creatives have coalesced for a special evening of music, musing conversation, and mixed drinks. The occasion? The 14+ Foundation’s Annual Cocktail Benefit—“a celebration in support of
For three years, young professionals, staunch businessmen, and all-around creatives have coalesced for a special evening of music, musing conversation, and mixed drinks. The occasion? The 14+ Foundation’s Annual Cocktail Benefit—“a celebration in support of children’s education in Africa.”
Founded by Nchimunya Wulf and Joseph Mizzi, The 14+ Foundation, is a nonprofit whose objective is to conceptualize, construct, and operate schools and orphanages in rural African communities. While the foundation has had their share of successful initiatives, Thursday night recognized the efforts that brought forth the operation of The Chipakata Children’s Academy, a primary school for the children of Zambia’s Chipakata Village community, and the development of the Mwabwindo School in Mwabwindo Village, Zambia, which is currently under construction and set to open in January 2018.
While the foundation’s previous benefits have been held at grand, theatrical venues such as the Diamond Horseshoe and Angel Orensanz Center, this year, supporters gathered in the lower-east side hotspot, Vandal NYC, a maze-like restaurant space that meshes tastefully graffiti-ed and mural-covered walls with muted ceiling lights and stylish enclaves.
Still, the benefit’s homage to the visual arts was not a mere accessory to the event—it was an intentional change-of-scene; central to the 14+ Foundation’s mission is providing a school curriculum that incorporates arts-based education programs. The charity’s sentiment was further underscored by the prevalence of artistan-crafted items and paintings for purchase, and the presentation of the two academies’ new uniforms by actress and activist Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, the minds behind Studio 189, the Ghana-based, artisanal luxury label.
Before attending their new school, the students of the Chipakata Children’s Academy were forced to walk more than 4 miles each way to go to school. With the backing and proceeds from the benefit, the 14+ Foundation plans to support the ongoing operations and extension of Chipakata Children’s Academy, continue the construction of their newest project, the Mwabwindo School, and develop the 14+ Foundation’s other community-based projects and programs.
To learn more about the 14+ Foundation, visit www.14plusfoundation.org.
Photography By Oluwaseye Olusa