Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 6:00pm

December 4, 2021

Our Charity Ball event will be held Saturday, December 4, 2021.

Forum Corporate & Convention Center

Come to 11313 USA Parkway Fishers, IN 46038 to join the festivities.

6:00 p.m.

Our Charity Ball will begin at 6:00 p.m. 

The party of the season is sold out!

Tickets are no longer available, but you can still contribute via a donation

This Year’s Honored Guest

Fishers Rotary, and the WaterIslife Charity Ball is honored to be able to welcome and host the Mayor of Freetown, the Capital City of Sierra, Leone.

Named recently to the 2021 Time100 Next List of Emerging World Leaders who are shaping the future.

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, OBE

Mayor, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE was sworn-in as Mayor of Freetown in May 2018 with a commitment to transform Freetown using an inclusive, data-driven approach to address challenges in the city. Launched in January 2019, the 3-year Transform Freetown plan details 19 concrete targets across 11 sectors and covers issues ranging from waste management and housing, to improving urban planning, tackling environmental degradation and facilitating the creation of jobs in the tourism sector.

A finance professional with over 25 years of private sector experience in strategic planning, risk management consulting and project management, Mayor Aki-Sawyerr’s public sector engagement began with her work as the Director of Planning at the National Ebola Response Centre during the Ebola epidemic of 2014-2015 and her subsequent role as Delivery Team Lead for the President’s Recovery Priorities – the second phase of a multi-stakeholder programme to drive socio-economic recovery in Sierra Leone post Ebola.Her advocacy and charity contributions include campaigning against the trade in “blood diamonds” during the Sierra Leone civil war and in 1999, co-founding the Sierra Leone War Trust for Children (SLWT) which continues to support disadvantaged children in Sierra Leone today.

Mayor Aki-Sawyerr is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MSc in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics and a BSc Hons in Economics from Fourah Bay College. She is married and has two children.

Our Entertainment for the Evening

Dance the night away with music from The Flying Toasters.

Self-described as a party band, The Flying Toasters… formed in late 2003 by Jason Hayes and his father Bill Hayes, began playing shows in March 2004. Bill has since retired and moved to Florida, but the group continues on and plays about 100 to 150 shows per year.

Rotary Club of Fishers Charity Ball Mission

Bringing water to 150,000+ people in villages in western Africa.

Mingle with old friends and get to know new ones at the opening cocktail reception.
Peruse and bid on beautiful packages in a silent auction during the reception.
Enjoy a three-course, sit-down dinner followed by delectable desserts and drinks.
Join the fun competition of an incredible live auction featuring unique and fun items.

About Water Is Life

This year the Fishers Rotary WaterIsLife Project celebrates our 12th anniversary – it’s been over a decade of changing lives for the better. We have completed the construction of 155+ wells over this time frame, and are very proud to report that ALL 155+ wells are still in service in nearly 155 communities across Sierra Leone. The size of these communities total to over 150,000 people; and with the addition of the surrounding areas who visit the wells, our friends in Sierra Leone estimate we are likely serving in excess of 300,000 people with fresh sanitary water.

Fishers Rotary and the Rotarians of Freetown have had the honor of applying for and receiving 5 competitive grants from The Rotary Foundation, and we are currently planning and funding what we plan to be our largest Grant yet. Rotary Foundation Grants provide matching dollars to go along with the local fundraising we do each year at our annual event – The WaterIsLife Charity Ball. To date, over the last decade, we have raised – including matching funds from the foundation – over $1,000,000 to provide clean drinking water to rural villages in Sierra Leone.

Thanks to your generosity and support over the years we are serving clean lifesaving water to 2% of Sierra Leone’s total population – this means together we have literally saved 100’s perhaps 1,000’s of lives each year.

A safe supply of clean water is a critical requirement for effective Health Care, particularly for Ebola care and patient hydration needed due to waterborne illnesses.

2.6 million people in Sierra Leone don’t have access to safe water.

Over 5 million people don’t have access to adequate sanitation in Sierra Leone, over four-fifths of the population.

Over 4,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in Sierra Leone.

A Look Into Our Past Charity Balls

A Special Thanks to Last Year’s Major Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor & Partner

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Inkind Donors

Sponsor of the Annual Antler’s & Tails Game

Coming Soon

Are you ready to enjoy a fun evening of giving?

Tickets are sold out for the 2021 The Rotary Club of Fishers Charity Ball for Water Is Life, but donations are appreciated.

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