GEANCO founding family members Afam Onyema and Nche Onyema pose with event co-chairs Mark Johnson and Warren Moon
CELEBRITIES AND ALL-STAR ATHLETES SUPPORT GEANCO FOUNDATION’S THIRD ANNUAL FUNDRAISER – ‘IMPACT NIGERIA’
Academy Award®-Winning Producer Mark Johnson, NFL Legend Warren Moon
and ESPN’s Marcellus Wiley Served as Event Co-Chairs
Los Angeles, CA – (July 17, 2014) – The GEANCO Foundation held its third annual fundraiser, IMPACT NIGERIA at the famed Hollywood hotspot Bootsy Bellows on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The star-studded affair attracted countless athletes and celebrities in support of GEANCO Foundation’s mission to save and transform lives in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous and troubled country. NFL Hall of famer Warren Moon, ESPN’s Marcellus Wiley and Academy Award®-winning producer Mark Johnson (Rain Man) served as event co-chairs.
The African-themed event transported guest to the culturally rich continent through music and festive ambiance. Attendees also had the opportunity to learn about the groundbreaking progress GEANCO has made on its work in Nigeria through a special presentation given by GEANCO’s COO, Afam Onyema. Afam discussed GEANCO’s various projects and highlighted the Foundation’s November 2014 special medical mission.
Alongside the event co-chairs, IMAPCT NIGERIA attracted some of the Los Angeles’ top executives, celebrities and tastemakers, including: screenwriter William Ray (Hunger Games, Captain Phillips), actors Edi Gathegi (Twilight), Roger Cross (Continuum), Cedric Sanders (The Social Network), Megalyn Echikunwoke (House of Lies), Angell Conwell (Young and the Restless), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Black Sails) and TV personality Bob Guiney (The Bachelor).
“I am honored and delighted that the city’s best and brightest came out to support our annual fundraiser. We are now even more empowered to make a difference in Nigeria,” said Afam Onyema, GEANCO’s COO.
In addition, guests participated in an exquisite silent auction featuring various specialty items, including an exclusive piece from famed jeweler Jason of Beverly Hills, authentic handcrafted African art, Beats by Dre electronics, a special-edition Egard watch, signed memorabilia from the Los Angeles Angels, and more. Proceeds from the auction will benefit GEANCO’s continued medical efforts in Nigeria. Additional event sponsors included: United Airlines, Immigrant Magazine, Buzz Balls, Beverly Hills Vapors and Golden Child.
Throughout the year, additional support from premier organizations such as Stanford Hospital, DreamWorks Animation and Zimmer Holdings have helped GEANCO make remarkable progress. In October 2013, GEANCO led its third medical mission to southeast Nigeria. Its surgical team performed an unprecedented 32 hip and knee replacements and bone fracture repairs in five days. The team also trained local surgeons and donated essential medical supplies and equipment. Along with directing a Clinton Global Initiative to save women and children in Nigeria, GEANCO will lead its fourth mission to the country in November.
GEANCO’s previous Los Angeles events have attracted such entertainment and sports heavyweights as Forest Whitaker, Cedric the Entertainer, Djimon Hounsou, Kimora Lee Simmons, Shaun Robinson, Broadway star and ‘American Idol finalist Syesha Mercado, Arizona Cardinals’ Calais Campbell and NFL Hall of Famers Ronnie Lott and Willie Roaf.
For more information or to contribute to The GEANCO Foundation, please visit: http://www.geanco.org
ABOUT THE GEANCO FOUNDATION
The GEANCO Foundation (www.geanco.org) is committed to saving and transforming the lives of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria. GEANCO leads medical missions to Nigeria and has organized African Health symposia in the U.S. With the assistance of Stanford Hospital, GEANCO is developing a world-class hospital in Nigeria. GEANCO’s officers and directors hold degrees from Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Yale and Georgetown. The Foundation’s work has been profiled in major news outlets, including: BBC News, Chicago Tribune, Ebony Magazine, Forbes, Harvard Magazine, Newsweek, NPR, Stanford Magazine and U.S. News & World Report.
‘IMPACT NIGERIA’ SPONSORS