On Friday, May 13, 2011, Tongue and Groove of Atlanta hosted the Ubuntu Bash Fundraiser on behalf of the Diversity Group, a group of twelve students, led by Philip MacAdoo of Pace Academy. The club opened its doors for stylish teens to dance the night away while many Pace Academy parents gathered to help raise awareness for the future addition to the Ubuntu Education Center in the Township of Zwide in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Guests nibbled on food and drink provided by Glorious Events Catering while fire dancers donning African attire lit up the stage with flaming batons. All proceeds raised will support the Ubuntu Education Fund (ubuntufund.org), a development organization providing essential educational resources to over 40,000 children and their families in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The students will pay their own way round-trip, but the money raised will help build the Pace Education Lab within the Ubuntu Education Center. Through the Pace students’ hard work and determination, they will add one hundred laptop computers, printers, the wiring, computer training classes, and all the technical support the families will need.
The Pace Academy students with “do-gooder” hearts will go to South Africa this summer to begin the project of building this computer lab so these children and families can have technology and more educational resources in their lives. By the looks of the party Friday night, I’m sure the students will be well equipped for their journey this summer. It was a packed house full of excitement as DJ Nikolas, from South Beach, spun music for the teen partygoers, and DJ Romeo Cologne was in the main room playing disco and funky tunes. Ticket sales for the teens in the “Under 21” dance room sold for ten dollars while the “Over 21” lounge sold for twenty a ticket. Good times celebrated for a great cause and all carried out by motivated teens with time on their hands for their summer charitable contribution.