Metropolitan Safari Takes On NY and Philly

NYPhilly Collage

New York City

On October 17, 95 guests joined the Akilah team and hosts Michele & Peter Faulkner for a special evening at Il Gattopardo on 5th Avenue. Akilah students Cecile and Julian spoke about their experience of growing up in rural Rwanda and then launching their careers while students at Akilah. More than $100,000 was raised to support the Akilah scholarship fund.


The Akilah team then headed to Philly on October 24, where Cecile and Julian spoke at an assembly at Agnes Irwin School, an exceptional girls school in the Philadelphia area, and met with student members of the Akilah Club there, led by Katherine Pew, Charlotte Buck, and Andrea Baric (they are pictured, sans Andrea Baric, in the collage above). Wendy & Derek Pew then hosted a cocktail fundraiser at the Philadelphia Country Club with longtime Akilah supporters Jim and Lin Buck.

Next Up: Washington, DC!

Find some of our tour press from WSJ,, and WGBH, and meet us in Washington, DC this coming Wednesday, October 30 at the storied Mayflower for a VIP lineup with United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Cathy Russell, former President of The World Bank Robert Zoellick, and Senior Vice President at Pew Charitable Trusts Tamera Luzzatto!


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