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dreams-of-africaWe are extremely excited about the opportunity to show you our milestones and to share future dreams. Our last event was in 2010 where 750 + of us came together to a sold out event. This year, we are expanding to a new continent; AFRICA!

A beautiful land has been donated to Givelight in Casablanca and we have found an Architect who will work pro bono for the project. Our home will be called "Maison de Lumiere". We have seen a remarkable growth in our work due to God's blessings and the generosity of all of you, our supporters. Here is the event flier.

Meet our speakers for the evening

Mayor MatthewsMayor Jamie Matthews is confirmed to do the opening remark at the event. We are excited and honored.

Prior to being elected as mayor, he served Santa Clara for 10 years as Council member and Vice Mayor, four years as a City Planning Commissioner and served on numerous regional and city committees and boards. Additionally, he has 26 yrs of professional municipal experience including twelve years as a City Administrator.

He is blessed with a wonderful family with Julie his amazing wife and children Daniel, Carrie, Kanu and Molly. We also feel proud to know that our Mayor shares the same passion towards brightening the lives of orphan children as we do. We are really looking forward to his presence at our event.

Imam Tahir AnwarImam Tahir Anwar is also confirmed to speak at our event.

He is an Imam, a teacher, an activist, a husband, a father, and most importantly, a servant of Allah. Born in London, England, he has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1983.

Upon completing his religious studies in India, he has been serving as the Imam of one of the oldest masjids in the country, the Islamic Center of San Jose, since 2001. After teaching middle school at one of the oldest Muslim schools in the country for 7 years, he now sits on the board and teaches at the Averroes Institute, the Bay Area’s first Muslim high school. He also teaches Islamic Law at the renowned Zaytuna College, America’s first Muslim liberal arts college in Berkeley, CA.

He has a passion for community service. He served on the Human Rights Commission for the City of San Jose for over 5 years, and the Human Relations Commission for the County of Santa Clara for one year. He also leads a group for Hajj each year, which has been covered by CNN twice.

LAURA AVA-TESIMALE - A Business Woman & HumanitarianLaura Ava-Tesimale

Laura is an American Samoan-Hawaiian business woman and humanitarian. She serves as mentor, motivational speaker, community organizer, sustainability developer, and interfaith peace activist.

She is a steward of mother earth, indigenous rights, women’s empowerment, children’s education, non-violence, and the Charter for Compassion.

Laura is a loving mother to Brittany, Nicole, and countless orphans and neglected children around the world. She is a devoted wife of almost 30 years to a wonderful man, Foimai (Mike) Tesimale.  And above all these roles… Laura is a joyful servant of God!

Click here for the online story of Laura's interfaith peace journey and her blessed connection to GiveLight.


Date and time: May 4th, 2013 (registrations open at 5PM).
Location: Santa Clara Convention Center, Mission City Ballroom
Opening Remarks: Jamie L. Matthews, Mayor 
Speakers: Imam Tahir Anwar, Laura Ava Tesimale
Event: Fundraising Dinner, Childrens Fashion Show and Performance


Please contact Safaa Ibrahim at with your details to register for the evening. Tickets are $65/person and you can register kids ages 3-10 for the children workshop at $25/child.

Looking forward to your presence tonight.