On September 12, 2013, EduMaKate held its first fundraising event, the EMK Young Professionals Fundraiser event at Rosewood NYC. Hosted by the EduMaKate team, young professionals from all different educational and career paths came together in support of our educational initiatives. The event started out with attendees being warmly greeted by EduMaKate’s Chief Operating Officer, Ana Kovziridze and EduMaKate member Regina Murdakhayeva. While attending to guests, iPads were passed around to allow people to sign up for EduMaKate’s newsletter and guests were offered the chance to buy raffle tickets for prizes. The proceeds from the raffle would go towards helping to initiate EduMaKate’s direct programs with students.
As guests began merrily imbibing from the bar, discussions were rampant about the state of education in New York and what could be done to further help public school students to jumpstart them on the path to college and a future career. As the event went on, a photo montage was playing with photos of EduMaKate’s event photos, specifically an event held at O’Melveny & Meyers LLP, a law firm in NYC, introducing students to the legal field and all it has to offer.
At a point in the evening, a hush passed through the crowd as Ana Kovziridze took over the microphone to thank all those who attended the fundraiser, as well as issuing a big thanks to Central Park Medical for their generous donation of $500.00 towards EduMaKate’s cause. After speaking briefly about the purpose of the fundraiser, Ms. Kovziridze then turned the microphone over to Raul Noriega, co-founder and Chief Financial Officer, who went into detail about the organization, its plans and accomplishments to date.
After a rousing speech, Mr. Noriega turned the floor over to an overhead video presentation of the event held at O’Melveny & Meyers, complete with anecdotes from students in attendance as well as clips from the speeches from various lawyers at the firm. The room broke out into applause over the wonderful and heartfelt presentation, including the news that one of the students in attendance, Sophia Singh from High School for Arts & Business in Queens, had won a $24,000.00 scholarship for college through the O’Melveny & Myers Scholarship Awards Program.
The evening continued on with the raffle drawings for prizes. There were some big ticket items, including an Apple TV, gift cards and an exquisite bottle of Lagavulin scotch whiskey. As a surprise turn of events, most people returned the raffled items back to the “gift pool” and the event went from a raffle to an auction, where items were auctioned off to raise even more money towards helping EduMaKate’s students. As a result of this, EduMaKate was able to raise over $2,000.00 towards educational and vocational assistance for underserved students.
All in all, the event was a great success, marking another accomplishment for EduMaKate and helping to pave the way for a future filled with young, driven and ambitions students and professionals. EduMaKate hopes to continue bringing young professionals together to help inspire a new generation with the power of education and determination.