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SAFARI NIGHTS BENEFIT RAISES $100K

Aaron Bukenya, Melissa Prandi and Mike Kironde (from left) greet guests as they arrive at Safari Nights.

   Melissa Prandi Children Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2021 by Kampala and California-based Rotarians, seeks to transform living conditions in Uganda’s poorest slum areas.

   Founder Melissa Prandi celebrated with a Safari Nights gala on Dec. 3 at Osher Community Center. Three board members from Kampala came to support the event, Chairman Mike Kironde, Aaron Bukenya and Francis Ntangazza. 

   “My heart is so full. So many friends and Rotarians came out to help raise money at our Safari Nights fundraiser to transform living conditions in Kampala’s poorest slum areas by empowering the children, youth and young women through education, better health services and economic independence programs,” Prandi said. “Education is the key to success and changing lives forever.”

Rotarians John and Trish Godsey enjoy the Safari Nights fundraiser.
Photos courtesy Desire to Inspire Studios Foundation

   Guests enjoyed a  silent auction, live auction and catered dinner from Il Davide. Donations and ticket sales raised over $100,000, of which a portion will go to the Rotary Club of Mission San Rafael for local projects. The night ended with dancing to Rotarian Brian Waterbury’s band Neon Grey. For additional information, visit mpchildrenfoundation.org.

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