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‘Night Under the Stars’ to fund weeks in Africa

Submitted photo/Gregory Smith, left, and Caleb McCreary are two of the people slated for entrtainment furing the fundraiser to benefit Wesson entrepreneur Britney Clark’s trip to Uganda.

Submitted photo/Gregory Smith, left, and Caleb McCreary are two of the people slated for entrtainment furing the fundraiser to benefit Wesson entrepreneur Britney Clark’s trip to Uganda.

Looking for a good cause to support this holiday season? Come enjoy an evening under the stars and help one women’s dream become a reality.

Wesson entrepreneur Britney Clark will be headed to Uganda in January and needs her community’s help.

Clark, 25, a financial planner, hopes to shine a light on young Kasaali mothers and daughters who are illiterate, abused and unskilled. She will travel as a member of The Glow Exchange, a leadership and service program that partners women from diverse communities to create Glow Effect Centres for Women and Girls. The centers will provide necessary empowerment resources to underprivileged communities.

During the two-week leadership forum to Uganda, she will help train teachers to empower students in the programs designed to teach them marketable skills.

She has committed to raise $7,500 to help build the centers, and invites the community to lend a hand in her endeavor by attending “An Evening Under the Stars” on Dec. 10 at the Brookhaven FEMA building, located at 1154 Beltline Drive. Tickets are $10 and available in advance only.

The event is from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and will serve as a fundraiser to help meet Clark’s goals.

“Join us for a Saturday-evening experience filled with networking opportunities, live music and delicious eats,” she said.

Each attendee will receive one beverage ticket, appetizers and a raffle ticket for a chance to win two specialty items from Uganda. They’ll also be entertained by three local musical artists and they’ll have the opportunity to network with community professionals and honorees.

Entertainment will include Steven Nix, a country songwriter and performer, neo-soul artist Destiny Stone and Gregory Smith and Caleb McCreary of the Gregg Smith Group.

Clark plans to share her story, “Journey to Africa,” during the event and tell how she created a curriculum for the kids’ and men’s workshops to teach them global awareness and community development in Uganda.

“Training kids and men is the final piece in creating a culture of female leadership, so that the women can transform their community,” she said. “In partnership with local female leaders, we are creating something that can impact generations to come, and I want you to be a part of it. I want you to join me in impacting a community who is asking to be trained to live a better life.”

A graduate of Loyd Star Attendance Center, Copiah-Lincoln Community College and Mississippi State University, Clark always had a natural desire to lead. She graduated with a degree in business administration and worked as a management trainee in the banking industry for less than two years before transitioning into a finance/accounting analyst position at a chemical plant.

To register for the event, visit www.pmunderthestars.eventbrite.com. Tickets will not be available at the door. Guests are asked to dress in semi-formal attire.