Here is a report on the Ninth Annual Hope Project Benefit Dinner/ Concert which took place at the Abode, on Saturday, March 24!.... It was teamed with a silent auction/bazaar.
This year was dedicated to Pir Vilayat and his vision to aid those in need. This was the impetus behind the creation of The Hope Project (a school, milk program and health clinic), in the village of Nizzamudinn, in New Delhi.
The events were attended by 80 people with 30 volunteers supporting the different fundraising efforts. From 2 to 9 pm, we held an auction in the red barn with online bidders and many beautiful items. You could drop by for a wine and cheese reception and buy clothes, jewelry, photographs, etc... The chaadr (burial cloth covering the coffins of Pir Vilayat Khan) was the main attraction of the auction. I was thrilled as I bought the seven meters of golden silk myself and took it to the seamstresses of the Hope Project for them to fashion into a shimmering piece of art. People enjoyed the colorful room and viewing the slideshow created by Karamat Hess and a video of the Hope Project from 2000.
The dinner with Rose Caldwell and her crew of four volunteers filled the building with an incredible aroma while another crew of six volunteers transformed the dining rooms into a cozy sari clad room with candle lit tables. After dinner, many others helped clean while another crew set up the Meditation Hall with chairs for the solo piano concert by David Caldwell Mason. This was a complete community effort with Abode friends, residents, staff and our beloved Khadim. Thank you so much to all who participated and helped and to the Abode for hosting it.
Maharaji Hess and Rose Caldwell began the fundraising dinners nine years ago. In Maharaji's absence (he is currently in India), we had a picture of him on the wall of the studio. We all missed his presence but he was thrilled to hear the good news via Skype.
The bidding over the chaadr was very exciting. Tara Chisti handled the phone bids up until closing with multiple bidders trying to oust each other. The winner bid $1500. Yay!!
At this time, Ingrid reported profits of $4,180.00 with a few more hundred dollars added to the total on Sunday. Next year, our goal for the tenth year anniversary of the Hope Project dinner is to raise $10,000!