3 August 2013

Lalela is a Zulu word meaning “to listen.” Lalela Project provides year-round, community-based arts education and leadership training to children grades one through twelve in a safe space during the vulnerable after-school hours and holiday periods.

On Saturday, 3 August 2013, Lalela Project held its annual fundraising event at the Hamptons home of its CEO, Andrea Kerzner, which was attended by 300 people. 

The evening was planned by South African celebrity event planner, Colin Cowie, with entertainment by The All Stars Jazz Band and singers Yolanda Sangweni and Thuli Dumakude, South African cuisine by the Brooklyn-based Madiba Restaurant, and great moments with Lalela Project students who traveled from the Western Cape, South Africa, to share their inspiring stories with attendees. Consul General George Monyemangene and his wife, Louise Monyemangene, were the guests of honor at the event.

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Photo credit: Yoav Magid

A "samosa shack" by Madiba RestaurantA "samosa shack" by Madiba Restaurant.

The map of Africa, created by Beneville Studios; used to reflect the different levels of pledges and donations that came throughout the night.

Seating/Table Setup/Decor

Celebrity event planner Colin Cowie, with Khaya and Simamkele (Lalela Project students) and Lalela Project CEO Andrea Kerzner.

Consul General George Monyemangene with TV personality, Star Jones.

Tent at Night

Yolanda Sangweni, one of the entertainers for the evening.

Colin Cowie during the live auction.

Colin Cowie with Alexander Gilkes, the co-founder of the auction house Paddle 8; he officiated the live auction.