African Artifact Auction to Benefit Orphanage
Palm Harbor residents Margot and Paul Toomey are organizing a gala dinner and auction to benefit the Treasures of Africa Children's Home (TOA).
Artifacts from Africa are set to go on the auction block May 5, during the first annual "Benefit Gala Dinner for Treasures of Africa Children's Home".
The Treasures of Africa Children's Home is close to the heart of Palm Harbor residents Margot and Paul Toomey. Relatives of the couple run the orphanage, which is located in Moshi, Tanzania.
"Paul and I have both had the privilege of traveling to Africa to visit TOA and meet each child in person. They are truly "Treasures" who have come to the orphanage as a result of loss of their parents from AIDS and other diseases. Many have been rescued from a life of neglect, poverty, and life on the streets," says Margot Toomey.
Toomey says the orphanage can only care for 25 children. However, plans are in the works to expand the facility to accommodate 125 children. Money from the fundraiser will go toward the project.
"There are millions of children in desperate need for a home in Tanzania…. We want to do our part in helping see this project become a reality so that more children can be rescued from the streets," says Toomey.
One of the residents, a girl named Diamond, was brought to the orphanage by Tanzanian welfare workers. Diamond was only a few days old when she was found abandoned by the side of the road in a pile of trash, according to Toomey. Diamond is now five years-old (see photos).
The fundraiser is open to the public. In addition to the live auction of African artifacts, a gourmet dinner of petite sirloin and shrimp skewer will be served. A video of the Treasures of Africa Children's Home will be shown and door prizes will also be given away. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa which is located at 105 North Bayshore Drive in Safety Harbor. Tickets are $50.
- More information about Treasures of Africa Children's Home
- Paul Toomey is the owner of Geographic Solutions, which creates software for businesses and is located in Palm Harbor.