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“The Olevolos Project” Supporter Bryan Greenberg Says They “raised enough money to school 22 students for an entire year”


“The Olevolos Project” had the support of actor and philanthropist Bryan Greenberg for it’s 3rd annual charity brunch at Gallow Green of the McKittrick Hotel, home of Sleep No More. Bryan had the support Microsoft and friends and family including – fiance Jamie Chung, James Lafferty, Hill Harper, Eddie K Thomas, Josh Pais, Jessica Hart, Teresa Moore, Lily Lane, Wallis Day, Kira Dikhtyar, DJ Jus Ske, DJ Mel Debarge, and many more. They were there to support and raise funds for The Olevolos Project, a 501c3 organization that provides educational opportunities to disadvantaged young people in the Olevolos village of Tanzania.

This was the third brunch Bryan has hosted for The Olevolos Project, an organization founded by his cousin Dory Gannes. After a trip Bryan took to Tanzania in 2010, he wanted to find a way to help. Funds raised from Saturday’s event will go straight towards The Olevolos Project’s Scholarship Program that supports the educational needs of disadvantaged and orphaned students of the Olevolos Village.

With over 50 silent auction items including generous donations from The Stand Comedy Club & Restaurant, Guess, FlyWheel, Au Naturale and many more! A big thanks also goes to sponsors Brancott Estate Wines, Mumm, Corona, Red Bull, Don Julio, Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Host Committee members who support the event however were unable to join yesterday include; Justin Long, Hillarie Burton, Jamie Hector, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Julie Henderson, Gina Gerson, Geoff Stults and Victor Rasuk.

At the event, Greenberg thanked everyone for showing their support.

“I want to personally thank everyone who made it out to The Olevolos Project charity brunch on Saturday. It was our most successful brunch yet, we raised enough money to school 22 students for an entire year. Which includes all school fees, from private boarding, supplies, clothing, sleeping bags, along with medical expenses and various activities including a summer camp,” said Greenberg.

In an interview after the event, Greenberg said this event is extremely important to him.

“My cousin Dory Gannes started it. When I went to Tanzania, the poverty was crazy I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I knew I wanted to do something, that I wanted to help out, so I talked to her and she said, You’re good at throwing parties. I thought okay well, I guess I will throw some parties and try to raise some money and awareness. So three years later, we keep raising money for scholarships for these kids. It’s not just one year; it’s clothing, shelter, and education, schooling for grade school through high school,” said Greenberg. “These are all things we take for granted here and it’s something that is missing for students over in Tanzania.”

Greenberg said it’s also important to emphasis that the money that is donated is going directly to where he says and no where else. “Not every charity sends money directly to where it is intended, but ours does tt goes directly to the kids. It’s one of those things where you’re not throwing money blindly at a project. This is something done with intent and is going to help out these kids get the things they need.”

You don’t have to attend the event to help out. Greenberg said anyone interested in finding out information or making a donation can visit the project’s website.

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Monica Gleberman began writing in 2000. She has been published on CNN and in the Suffolk Times, Examiner, The Daily Collegian, Demand Studios, Patch, and The Tattoo.

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