This is one of my most favorite people in the world. He was my second mission president. He served right after President Graff. I served 18 months in the Washington DC North Mission from 97-99. A bit after President Farnes returned home he caught the vision of World Joy, a non-profit organization that his son started after adopting a boy form Ghana. I wish Sister Farnes could have been there - love and miss her. She was under the weather. I'm just going to have to drive down and see her.
The last four months of my mission I trained Sister Howlett and she married Stephen Abu who is from Ghana and his family is instrumental in making things run smoothly. They also help get the best prices on the lumber, etc. Stephen and Sonya now live in Ghana. I dream of visiting there.
Justin Hamilton also served with us in the WDCN mission. He provided a great price on the dinner and a beautiful place to hold our dinner and auction.
Here are a few photos from the auction area:
Yes, the Pepperidge Farm company is right up the road.
I made this poster up for Jodi and she had it framed. This will be displayed in Sky View High School. It'a a picture of Sky View Ghana Kindergarten.
Here's my sweet husband hard at work. You can also see the painting donated from Winborg and Greg Olsen. Thank you both!
So many wonderful volunteers.
And the banquet room.
A hand carved nativity from Ghana that was donated.
Hard at work Sky View ambassadors. Amazing group of helpful teenagers.
I wanted one of these dolls so bad and before I even finished photographing the surroundings they were gone. I just love how sweet and happy they look. So cute!
Gary Farnes introducing World Joy to those attending the dinner.
Jody Porter - brought this dinner together with flair and confidence.
Speaker from Ghana - USU student
Fabulous African dancers from USU
And the coolest auctioneer ever!
One basketball with BYU basketball team signatures went for $475. Right after that the USU basketball with signatures went up for sale. It sold for $575. Good thing since we are in Aggie country. The room erupted with cheers and laughter. It was truly a positive night.