BELFAST, Maine — A benefit gala with music and images will celebrate the growing connection between Maine and Liberian youth 7-9 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 17, at Steam Boat Landing Park or in the Boathouse if it rains. The event will be hosted by the Liberian Education Fund to benefit Liberian high school students.
The slide show will be given by fund coordinators and Belfast Area High School graduates, Kim Ouillette and Maya French, who recently returned from Liberia and Ghana, Africa. They will talk about their experiences in Liberia, showing slides and live footage, and describing the Liberian scholarship recipients they met during their trip.
The concert will feature the Gawler Family with vocalist, Ilyse Laurel, guitarist Dominic Williams and classical violinist Nate Lesser.
The Liberian Education Fund is a student-led organization based at Belfast Area High School. For the past five years Belfast students have been fundraising to provide educational scholarships to Liberian high school students. This year, after successfully graduating 13 Liberian students, the organization is providing full scholarships to 14 additional high school students. Four to five other Maine high schools will join Belfast in supporting Liberian youth. In the fall the fund hopes to double the number of Liberian scholarship recipients and begin to support the Liberian graduates through college and university.
Admission to the event at the park entrance is $10, $5 students, $20 families. Bring chairs and blankets for seating. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 930-5189.