United For Hope Gala 2021: Honoring Donna Katzin, Antoinette Sithole, Bishop Joaquina F. Nhanala


Join us at Shared Interest's 27th Anniversary Virtual Gala being held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 7:00pm EST on Facebook and YouTube live. This year’s gala theme is United for Hope: Forging the Path for the Next Generation and will celebrate global intersectionality and solidarity in the wake of mass protests, police brutality and systemic racism.


During the evening, we will highlight the accomplishments of outstanding women and pay tribute to South Africa's Youth Day, which has become an international symbol recognizing the role of youth in South Africa's liberation during the 1976 Soweto Uprising while dually commemorating Juneteenth, a holiday emphasizing African American freedom, achievement, and the fight for racial equality and equity.


Our incredible honorees are: Donna Katzin (Lifetime Achievement Award), a visionary leader and Founder and Former Executive Director of Shared Interest; Bishop Joaquina Filipe Nhanala (Justice Leadership Award), a motivator for social change and Africa's first woman Bishop under The United Methodist Women-Mozambique Episcopal Area; and Antoinette Sithole (The Jennifer Davis Spirit of Humanity Award), an iconic anti-apartheid activistand true heroine who bore witness to the 1976 Soweto Uprising.


The event is Co-Chaired by The Altschuler Family, Stanley, Marion, Paul, Sara, Edward & Sharon Bergman, Regan Pritzker, Susan Pritzker and Tim Smith.

Makho Ndlovu will host the event, and we have an exciting program planned this year with special guests Danny Glover, Dr. John Kani and Justice Albie Sachs and a keynote address by The Most Revd. Dr. Thabo Makgoba (Anglican Archbishop of Southern Africa). We will also have electrifying performances by the Ndlovu Youth Choir with a special appearance by Geneva Reed-Veal (Mother of Sandra Bland).

The event is generously sponsored by: Capital Group, Eaton Vance, Inverness Counsel, Synergos, Trillium Asset Management and United Methodist Women


General admission is free with registration and suggested donation. VIP tickets, sponsorships, and virtual journal ads are available. For more information about the event or to register, please visit https://www.sharedinterest.org/27thanniversarygala or contact Shukura Shears at shukura@sharedinterest.org.


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