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Sunday, January 29, 2012

ABQ Sprout First Inaugural Dinner a Big Success

ABQ Sprout held their First ABQ Micro Grants Award Celebration, Saturday night at the South Valley Multi-Purpose Senior Center. With well over 150 people in attendance, the evening went off without a hitch. Each of the 10 presenters were allowed a half of a table to display their projects prior to the dinner and presentation. Then after going through a cafeteria type dinner line the presenters did their thing while the community gathered ate. Each presenter had 5 minutes to describe their project. Each one was special and unique, all selfless projects benefitting our local community.

ABQ Sprout is a recurring public dinner funding micro-grants for local creative projects that contribute to the Albuquerque community. Staying true to their mission, with a desire to award Micro-Grants to persons or groups striving to make a positive impact in and around the City of Albuquerque, the winners were:


First Place: Share the Harvest, by Kemper Barkhurst and Travis McKenzie


Second Place: Friends of the Orphan Signs, by Lindsey Ellen Fromm


Third Place: Knitting hats and scarves for the homeless, by the South Valley Multi-Purpose Senior Center.

With the help and cooperation of some generous businesses the event was perfect. Dinner was delicious and healthy, and was sponsored by Cafe-Lush. Please see other sponsors on the ABQ Sprout website.

All pitched in together after the presentations to clean the dishes and silverware. We all lined up with our dirty dishes to have a communal dish wash, a fun and cooperative ending to a new and charitable event.

The 10 randomly selected projects out of 25 that were submitted were all well presented, entertaining, heart touching, clever, humorous, and as diversified as the City of Albuquerque itself. 

Sprout was able to gift 3 awards, from the door fees collected, at this Sold Out Event.

The other 7 presenters were:

Public Academy for Performing Arts (PAPA) Film Department
Web of Life Foundation-Stories of Wolves-The Lobo Returns
Bring Carnaval to Abq
Democracy for New Mexico
ABQ Zine Fest
Small Engine
Bridging Our Past, Present, and Future: Rural migration to ABQ post WWII

Let us all get ready and start preparing now for the Next ABQ Sprout Awards Dinner scheduled in May 2012, when the 3 receipients' will prepare a brief acknowledgement of what they did with their Grant. And a new batch of 10 projects will be selected to present, and a community of like minded people will sit down and share a meal, and then do the dishes.  

Let's continue to participate and support this fine developing organization. Fun, creativity, networking, learning, everyone wins!

January 29, 2012 at 09:26 PM in ABQ Sprout, Events | Permalink