The South East branch of the KNUST Alumni group of the United States of America (KNUST SE) held its first ever Annual Fundraising Dinner Dance at the Monarch Ballroom in Duluth, Georgia last month.
The main objective of the fundraiser was to mobilize funds to help the under-resourced alumni secretariat, which is situated on campus in Kumasi, and also to mobilize money for the National KNUST Endowment fund.
Ms. Evelyn Davis chaired the occasion and delivered the keynote address, and the fundraiser also boasted two other speakers, attorney Boakye Dankwah of Boakye Dankwah LLC in Atlanta and Dr. E. Afriyie-Gyawu, an assistant professor at the Jiann Pin-Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.
The program commenced at about 9pm local time with a welcome speech by the President of the Association, Mr. Clement Quartey-Papafio, who welcomed all participants to the first ever Fundraising Dinner Dance for the KNUST SE Alumni Association.
In her keynote address, Ms. Davis emphasized the need to share whatever we have acquired with our society, by participating in various aspects of Ghanaian society to benefit the under-served. She noted that Ghanaians must concern themselves with the sustainability of the future education of nation’s children.
In his address, the night’s main speaker, Mr. Boakye Dankwah, took the opportunity to educate participants on how to go through the US immigration system with fewer complications as he shed light on some of the new immigration reforms being considered by the Obama administration.
This was followed by a speech on the Ghanaian environment by Dr. E. Afriyie-Gyawu. He mentioned some of the pertinent public health issues afflicting Ghana and called on all professionals to help in their own small way to salvage the situation.
He mentioned some of his personal efforts along these lines. Dr. Afriyie-Gyawu presides over an annual exchange program between Georgia Southern University and Cape Coast University, where graduate and doctoral students from the US come to Ghana to undertake internships and practicum.
The occasion was attended by exciting alumni personalities from different parts of the South Eastern US.
Even though the fundraising was not able to reach its full target, it was an encouraging start; everybody who came to the event commended the organizers for a job well done.
The Executive body of KNUST SE used the opportunity to extend an invitation to all alumni within the vicinity of the South East US to join in the family of technocrats, adding that since they are one big family, they have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.