This incredible evening brings together more than 850 buildOn citizens to recognize the work of buildOn here in the United States and around the world while raising critical resources to support our programs.
Nearly 25 Years Ago…
Rayia Gaddy was born into one of the toughest neighborhoods in the U.S.
Fortunately, her brother Vandel was always there for her, taking her to school, keeping her safe, and celebrating her birthday every year.
But 3 weeks before Rayia’s 15th birthday, Vandel was tragically gunned down.
Rayia was devastated. She couldn’t celebrate her birthday without Vandel and she fell into depression. She couldn’t leave her house. She couldn’t go to school. She was paralyzed by fear.
Rayia was trapped by the cycle and it was about to crush her…
At the same time, on the other side of the world, Jagdish, an infant in a tiny village in Nepal, was born into extreme poverty.
With two illiterate parents, Jagdish and his family faced brutal discrimination and extraordinary challenges.
They lived in a dilapidated mud hut with walls ready to collapse. Their village had no roads, no electricity, and no sanitation.
The local school was even worse. And though Jagdish’s siblings could walk the distance to class, he couldn’t keep up. When he tried, he fell face first into the mud.
Jagdish had polio. But because his parents were illiterate, they had no idea what was wrong with him or how to help.
Jagdish was about to be crushed by the same cycle as Rayia.
Join us at the 2016 buildOn Gala, to see how Rayia, Jagdish and millions of others have broken the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations with your support.
buildOn dedicates its 1,000th school to GE for its 25 year commitment to buildOn and our mission to break the cycle!
Special thanks to our 2016 Gala Co-Chairs
President & CEO
GE Capital Aviation Services
GE Corporate Investor Communications
SVP & General Counsel
Senior Vice President, GE;
Treasurer, GE & GE Capital
President and CEO
Vice Chairman, State Street Global Advisor
President and CEO
GE Energy Financial Services
Rodan + Fields
Thank you to our Partnership Program Members:
Photos from the 2016 buildOn Gala
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