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2013 Festival of Cultures Recap

Last Update: 2/1/2013 10:24 AM

2013 Festival Fashion Show

On January 26th the Northern California Peace Corps Association (NorCal) hosted the 2013 Festival of Cultures at the Women’s Club in Palo Alto, California. For three hours Peace Corps applicants, nominees, the general public and children from local schools were treated to exhibits, food, a fashion show, panel discussions and presentations by 50 returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Palo Alto Mayor, Greg Scharff gave the Festival’s opening remarks connecting his childhood in apartheid South Africa with his subsequent service with Amnesty International as an elections monitor in the Philippines in the 1980s when Ferdinand Marcos was removed from power.

After the Festival, NorCal held its Annual General Meeting and hosted a dinner fundraiser and chocolate tasting courtesy of Brett Beach of Madecasse. NorCal raised more than $3,000 from sponsorships and the dinner to pay for the costs of the Festival and to support more events like it in the coming year.

This event could not have happened without the amazing work of our dedicated event planners: Will Spargur, Jayne Booker, Laura Marshall, Frank Price, Kathryn Rato, Stephen Watkins, Janet Allen, Martha Stein, Madeline Wu and Katherine Macdougall.

Photos from the event on flickr

Thanks to the following for their donations and sponsorships to help make this event a success: Mendoza & Associates, Hesperian, Refugee Transitions, Madecasse, Janet Greig, Madeline Wu, Alexander-Divinski Family, Will Spargur, Jennifer Batty and several anonymous donations.