The fundraising was coordinated by GLEAM Abroad, an organization that aimed to raise money to purchase an audio/video projector for a secondary school in Santa Cruz, Cape Verde.
GLEAM’s efforts raised $1,150, exceeding the fundraiser’s intended goal of $500. Donations came from the nearly 50 people who paid to sign up as taste testers, qualifying them to vote for the variety of jag recipes cooked by eight contestants. Corporate donations came from Eric Dawicki, President and CEO of Northeast Maritime Institute, of Fairhaven, who donated $100, and Shenanigans Bar and Grille that donated $250. A summer pea jag, cooked with rice, beans, summer squash, peas, linguica, and red onion entered by contestant Myrna Amado, of Wareham, took the top prize at a jag cook-off fundraiser held at VFW Hall in the school. Wareham High School is a public school in Wareham, Massachusetts, USA.
The name GLEAM Abroad, is an acronym for “Global Love for Education for All Mankind”. In its early stages, the organization centered on contributions to educational resources in developing countries. GLEAM Abroad’s organizers are five college students, all of whom are Wareham High School graduates.
Jeremy Wilder, the organization spokesperson said it made sense to target Cape Verdean students, because of the organizers’ Wareham roots and familiarity with the Cape Verdean culture. The group also had access to organizers of the Cape Verdean Festival Association who donated the access to the VFW Hall.
“We are establishing a network at separate colleges,” Wilder said. “How it works is that we start chapters, and we operate as our own entity under a big umbrella. It provides a way of collecting donations and working in different locations so you are not overlapping on the same demographic.”
The students said the beauty of GLEAM Abroad is that it’s something that they can do part time, since it’s based on individual fundraising projects that can be planned within reasonable timelines. At this point, there is also the hope that it would be something that they could continue with as potentially a non-profit organization after they graduate college.