Posted by Mike McCaffrey on Aug 10, 2009
The fundraiser for Cyclone Nargis rebuilding in Myanmar last Saturday was a great success. I am very excited to have been a part of the event and I am honored that my closest friends and family were able to celebrate my 21st birthday while supporting a cause about which I am deeply passionate. The cyclone in Myanmar created so much destruction, much of which has yet to have been rebuilt. It was important to me to celebrate my birthday in a way that would contribute to the work that I have been doing with Architecture for Humanity.
I would like to express my gratitude to the people that helped make this event a success.
First, I would like to thank my friends and coworkers at Architecture for Humanity. Obviously, if it were not for you and your hard work, there would be no platform for me to utilize my talents and skills while effectively serving communities in need. After working at Architecture for Humanity's office in San Francisco for about 4 months over the past two years, I have gained an understanding and appreciation for their work in a way that I never expected. I've learned so much, not only through working on various design projects located around the world, but also from the atmosphere of the office - and especially the people. I would like to specifically thank Elaine Uang who has been like a mentor for me while working at Architecture for Humanity. I admire her work ethic and am inspired by her passion to help others through design.
Second, I would like to thank Velo Rouge Cafe for allowing us to throw the fundraiser in their space. You are one of (if not my most) favorite cafe in the city and I really enjoyed being able to celebrate with you. I could not have picked a better place. Also I would like to thank Zackaraya and his friends from supplying the beautiful music. You guys definitely set a great tone for the event!
Third, I would like to thank my friends and family for coming to San Francisco to celebrate with us and support the cause. It meant a lot to me to have my friends and family around me during this time and I really appreciate their contributions.
Fourth, I would like to thank all of the people that I have not had the pleasure of meeting who donated their time, effort, and money to this cause. It is because of these generous people that I have had the amazing opportunity to work for such a fun, dynamic, and effective organization.
And last, but not least, I would like to thank Amanda Keating for organizing this event. She understands my passion to help others through design and she planned the best birthday I've ever had. It was such a great mix of all of the people that I love in one space and I cannot express how much that night meant to me.
Thank you all again,
P.S. It's not too late to support the construction of a safe medical clinic for over 2,000 people who were affected by Cyclone Nargis. Donate today: