Twilight Safari Dinner Back on Delray Beach's Social Calendar

The 2003 Twilight Safari Dinner, hosted by the Delray Beach-Moshi Sister Cities Committee, was a huge success. The evening of Friday, May 2nd was ‘electric’ at the Delray Beach Golf Club. A mingling of Delray’s who’s-who, dressed in various African and ‘Safari’ attire, were surrounded by African carvings, paintings, and stone sculptures, in a simulated African evening setting at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The guest speaker, the Honorable Ambassador Andrew Daraja and his Embassy aide came from Washington, D.C. for the affair, that was overseen by our Master of Ceremonies, Kjell Bergh, Honorable Consul to the Republic of Tanzania, based here in Delray Beach.

In attendance was the new Lord Mayor Jeff Perlman and along with our past two Lord Mayors, Mr. David Schmidt and Dr. Jay Alperin DDS, along with City and County Commissioners and many honored guests. The benefit dinner was a fund-raising effort to buy books for the Moshi Regional Library in our BAOBAB Books to Kilimanjaro campaign for 2003.

Books Are Our Bridge Across Borders is the philosophy that fueled and directed our efforts this year. A great deal of thanks needs to be directed to the Delray Beach City Library for their past and continuing efforts and interactions directly with the staff in Moshi, Tanzania. A presentation showing the past and present library in Moshi, highlighted the projects that Delray’s Moshi Committee have undertaken over the past few years of our Sister City relationship.

This Tanzanian city of more than 100,000, lies under the shadow of the massive extinct volcano, that was immortalized by the pen of Ernest Hemmingway, and that yearly is a magnet to thousands of visitors who come from all parts of the World to climb and photograph the great Mount Kilimanjaro. Our delegation made that trip in 2001 and we expect to lead others back in the near future. Safari mean journey, and that Safari is one well, worth saving for.

Our continued relationship with Moshi is dispelling many misconceptions that we may have about Africa and its people, and we expect to have continued exchanges in all the arenas of modern life, to include cultural, educational, and business. The Safari Dinner will be an annual gala event that will surely attract more and more patronage as the years go by.

Our friends in Moshi and around the World will be reading this report along with you, as these pages have been used to communicate back and forth, what is going on here and in Moshi. Please visit frequently and give us your feedback via email.

Thank you. Asante.

Ngozi E. "Oz" Mensah
Chairman- Moshi Committee
Delray Beach Sister Cities

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