Thursday October 16, 2008

Art for Africa

UD's Berry Scholars are holding an art auction to raise funds for a Marianist mission school in Nairobi, Kenya.

Students in UD's John W. Berry Scholars program are holding an art auction Nov. 7 to raise funds to buy mosquito nets for students at a Marianist primary school in the Mukuru slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

"(Father Marty Solma, S.M., an administrator of the mission school) told us about the need of 100 more mosquito nets for the youngest children," said student Katie Jennrich. "Once they get the funds for 100 more, all their children will have one and be one huge step ahead of preventing malaria." Proceeds also will support educational and family programs, wellness initiatives and scholarships at the school.

The Art for Africa event, which will have a silent auction format, takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in the Kennedy Union Torch Lounge.

The artwork, in a variety of media, has been contributed by UD students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and Marianists. The event is casual and open to the public. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. See the Web site or call 937-229-4615.