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GYF Annual Fundraising Gala
I Am Africa
August 26, 2023,
Doors Open at 5 pm

Program Begins at 6 pm 


The Genesis Youth Foundation's annual "I am Africa Gala" is an exceptional event that aims to raise awareness about the needs and aspirations of refugee youth and immigrant families in Central Iowa. By bringing together the community through food, music, fashion, and dance, the Gala celebrates African culture while supporting the operations of the Genesis Youth Foundation.


The theme for this year's event is Ubuntu, which embodies the philosophy of interconnectedness and unity. Through storytelling sessions from members of the African community, attendees will have the opportunity to experience the power of shared experiences and the strength of community bonds.


Location: Prairie Meadow Ballroom at 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona, IA 50009.   The dress will be formal or African wear. 


Tickets to the Gala go on sale on June 1st and can be purchased at General admission tickets are $75 and VIP tickets are $130.

A reserved VIP table is $1,040 for eight VIP seat. As VIPs, you will receive priority upfront seating, VIP check-in, lapel pins, and a mention during the event. Contact Lisa Cassady at to book a VIP table for your group, club, church, or business.

If you are interested in purchasing a group table at $75 per person for 8 people please note in the comments the last name of the group or individual coordinating tickets for that group. If you have questions, please contact Lisa Cassady at 

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