PORTLAND— The 2018 African Gala is set for Guild Hall, part of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on 307 Congress Street, on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 5-9 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
The colorful event will feature cultural presentations, a fashion show, a variety of music and dancing, and traditional foods from many African countries including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Cameroon, Sudan and Angola. The gala, hosted by Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish, is now held in Guild Hall due to overflow crowds in past years. The suggested donations to attend are $20 for adults, and $8 for children under 12.
The proceeds will benefit the benevolent efforts of Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish. The parish provides countless community programs, social justice presentations and workshops for local residents. In addition, the parish’s food pantry distributes close to 3,000 pounds of food each week and when in need, hundreds in the neighborhood turn to the parish for clothes and household items.
The vibrant spirit of the parish and its advocacy for the poor and marginalized are well-known throughout the city. For decades, parishioners have arrived in Maine from many African and Central American countries and joined existing Sacred Heart/St. Dominic parishioners in creating a community of praise in which all are welcome.
For more information about the African Gala, contact Nono Mukwayanzo at (207) 253-9625 or Ray Rier at (207) 767-1241.