Another Magical Evening once again demonstrated the generosity of the folks on St. John. The evening’s gathering of 40 people was entertained by world-class magician Lisa Menna from Cause to Wonder doing card tricks and generating excitement before another world-class magician and sword swallower, Johnny Fox, wowed the audience with his unique skills of long balloons disappearing down his throat, followed by a real sword that made all squirm. His charm and humor were infectious. There was a silent auction with beautiful artwork and jewelry donated by local artists and shop owners, as well as a piece of handmade lace by my sister Susie in Cal.

I was honored that Nancy Amanti, one of the Co-Founders of Hope for Limpopo made a trip down to the island to join us for the event. The biggest surprise of the evening was the amazing donation of Whitney Falk, daughter of my good friend Jane Kelly, who was awarded Rookie of the Year at her place of work in NY. Her award was a check for $5000 to the charity of her choice. Hope for Limpopo was her chosen charity, bringing the total amount of money raised for the Vhutshilo Mountain School in Venda, SA to an impressive, mind-blowing $12,770! This means we will continue to support our 7 AID+ orphans at the school, and make a major contribution to another project at the school.

I am humbled by the giving spirit of the people who attended Another Magical Evening.