Cascades Academy’s Teen MUSE Club is doing its part to make the world a better place by hosting a Himalayan dinner and fundraiser to benefit Ten Friends, a local organization that works to educate young women and bring health services to remote villages in Nepal. The high school students who take part in the Teen MUSE Club have chosen Ten Friends as their partner because of the impact they can have on young women and children in different parts of the world.

“We are excited by the impact we can have on the lives of these girls in Nepal. Our goal is to raise $8,000 at our event, which would be enough to send eight girls to school for an entire year at the Himalayan Education Center, and the Ten Friends Board has generously offered to match our fundraising efforts up to 5,000 dollars,” said Louisa Lamarre, an 11th-grade student at Cascades Academy and long-time member of MUSE Club.

This year’s event will have three components: a Himalayan dinner, a silent auction, and a virtual auction to accommodate those who can’t make it to the event. Online bidding will open at 6:00 on the night of the live event.  The in-person event will take place at Cascades Academy on December 14 at 6:00 pm.  Individuals can register at this link for both the virtual and live event. During the event, the MUSE Club will share information about the work of Ten Friends and draw the winner of the raffle for a Nepalese gift package.

 “We are really grateful to all of the local businesses who donated items for our dinner and silent auction: Grocery Outlet, Crow’s Feet, Patagonia, Leaping Lizards, Cowgirl Cash, Bonta, Sunnyside Sports, El Sancho, Walt Reilly’s, Roundabout Books, Cosa Cura, Washington, Pizza Mondo, Bronwen Jewelry, Pine Mountain Sports, Newport Market, Recharge Massage, Hoodoo Ski Area and so many others. We are truly amazed that so many businesses were willing to donate to our fundraiser,” said Ellen Schweppe, another 11th grader at Cascades Academy.

The Cascades Academy Teen MUSE Club is a program of World MUSE, which inspires women and girls to create positive social change from within. Their mission is to connect women and girls to their own sense of purpose as well as to each other and to provide the tools and support they need to create positive change in their lives, in their communities, and in our world.  They sponsor over 10 MUSE Clubs in Central Oregon, providing mentorship for girls who wish to pursue positive social change.

“We are so proud of the young women in our community who are working to raise funds to support women’s education and health services in Nepal. Their involvement in the MUSE Club is a perfect reflection of our mission to inspire socially responsible individuals ready for a diverse and changing world,” said Julie Amberg, Head of School.

 

About Cascades Academy

Cascades Academy is a pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade independent private school located in Bend, Oregon that weaves challenging academics with experiential learning to inspire socially responsible individuals ready for a diverse and changing world.  For questions or press inquiries, please contact Steve Jansen, Director of Admissions.

 

About Ten Friends

Ten Friends, a community partner of Cascades Academy,  began when two teachers and eight of their friends spent a summer in Nepal.  We have seen how poverty, government instability, or natural disasters make it difficult for people to realize their hopes and dreams. Children are most affected by these conditions. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit and donations are tax-deductible. Learn more at: tenfriends.org.

 

About World MUSE

World Muse, one of Cascades Academy’s community partners, inspires women and girls to create positive social change from within. Our mission is to connect women and girls to their own sense of purpose as well as to each other, and to provide the tools and support they need to create positive change in their lives, in their communities, and in our world.  Learn more at theworldmuse.org.  For questions or press inquiries, please contact Amanda Stuermer, MUSE Founder/Director, at amanda@theworldmuse.org.

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