The Monrovia Football Academy on December 9 raised US$20,000 for its student-athletes from a fundraising event held at the Serengeti Kitchen in New York City.
The fundraising event (Cocktail Party and Tasting Menu) was hosted by Chris Chea and the Serengeti Group along with Georgie Badiel, Chid Liberty, Chloe Malle, and Saycon Sengbloh.
Serengeti Kitchen is a new Liberian-owned restaurant that features a range of contemporary pan-African flavors and techniques. The restaurant is owned by Chris Chea and Doughba Caranda, III.
According to MFA Executive Director Will Smith, over 50 supporters of the academy attended the event.
“Our guests enjoyed delicious jollof rice, potato greens, and other Liberian-inspired dishes and drinks, all courtesy of the beautiful, new, and Liberian-owned Serengeti Kitchen,” he said. “It was a special evening with supporters. The event helped us surpass our fundraising goal for 2017, leaving us in a great financial position as we move into the New Year.”
He said New York City is a long way from Liberia, but the imagination is powerful, adding: “Every single one of our guests walked away inspired by the Academy’s work and eager to help us as we work to become a flagship school in Liberia.”
He added that the funds will be directed to scholarships for the student-athletes at the academy. Since its establishment in 2015, MFA has continued to use football as a positive incentive mechanism to improve academic performance, break down gender barriers, and prepare students as agents of positive change.