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Three Goats Inaugural Fundraiser a Huge Success

By Jeannette Park | April 11, 2013

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Maya and Marcus at the Three Goats Inaugural Fundraising Cocktail Party

The story of Three Goats began in November 2011, when Maya visited Ethiopia after reading about the water-crisis and resulting famine that was affecting her and Marcus’s birthplace. In an effort to provide relief to the devastated areas, they quickly organized a Brunch for the Famine in The Horn of Africa to raise money for much-needed resources. Maya flew to Addis Ababa and visited Mother Teresa’s Missonaries for Charity where they advised her on the greatest area of need for clean water and food. Knowing the dangers of traveling in the region, Maya insisted on heading to Togowichale, a border town between Ethiopia and Somalia severely endangered by the famine to provide relief to nearly 1,000 people in the area. To thank her for her generosity, the people of Togowichale presented Maya with three goats. While she couldn’t take the animals back to the U.S., she brought back the idea to start Three Goats.

After witnessing this devastation, Maya and Marcus knew they couldn’t stay quiet about the issues affecting the borders of Ethiopia. While it would have been easier to find a charity that would allocate the money to this region, they both felt called to give back to the country they originally called home. With the creation of Three Goats, the charity can ensure that this critically under-resourced region receives the tools needed to thrive long after relief efforts fade. Three Goats’ (A 501(c)(3)) mission is dedicated to improving the health and education of children living at the boarders of Ethiopia by providing sustainable access to vital resources. The main goal is to empower young women through education and provide access to clean water and nutritious food.

Marcus gets ready to feed the star of the night, wife Maya.

Marcus gets ready to feed the star of the night, wife Maya.

Party goers at the event.

Party goers at the event.

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Albert Maysles congratulates Marcus.

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Maya and Marcus at the Three Goats Inaugural Fundraising Cocktail Party

Party goers at the event.

Party goers at the event.

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Thelma Golden lets it loose.

Party goers dancing to the Ethiopian band.

Party goers dancing to the Ethiopian band.

Julie Mehretu listens intently.

Julie Mehretu listens intently.

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Some Obama love as an accessory.

Maya thanks her friends and family.

Maya thanks her friends and family.

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Jeannette and Ashley get some Three Goats love from Maya

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Photos: Monika Sziladi

Thanks to the incredible support of friends, supporters and family, Maya and Marcus hosted their first ever inaugural cocktail party to roaring success. Guests munched on Lamb Kitfo with Ayib Cheese, mushroom dumplings and Doro Wat Steam Bun with Egg before moving on to enjoy the goat carving station, Helga’s Meatballs, Catfish and Grits, and Mac N’ Greens. Thanks to our incredible list of sponsors, wine, champagne, beer and cocktails (Cabrito and Illy-Goatini) flowed freely and mini cupcakes and sweet potato donuts rounded out the night. A few photos and another thank you for our incredible Honorary Host Committee and Sponsors for the evening.

HONORARY HOST COMMITTEE

AGNES GUND
THELMA GOLDEN
DEB SHRIVER
MARIE-JOSÉE KRAVIS
JONATHAN & LIZZIE TISCH
LISE EVANS
RICHARD PARSON
STEVE & KARIN TRYGG
TIM ZAGAT
ALAN FISHER
CURTIS WILSON

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