Health and Hope for Africa Concert Gala featuring Ayodele Drum and Dance

November 8, 2012

The event raises money to help fight the healthcare crisis in Nigeria. One million children perish each year due to illness and unattainable medical care. Contributions to GEANCO support the development of Augustine Memorial Hospital.

The gala takes place at the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th & Lake Shore Drive, Chicago.


Individual tickets are available for $75 per person for the program and concert performance, $250 for admission to the program/concert and the gala dinner, $500 for special VIP admission. Tickets may be purchased online at For more information on tickets contact Afam Onyema at or 708-439-1462.

More about the event:

The evening will kick off at 6PM with a cocktail reception. At 7PM, guests will be seated for an Africa-influenced dinner. After dinner, the program will move to the Museum's auditorium, where guests will hear remarks from GEANCO's Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Godwin Onyema, MD; Chief Operating Officer, Afam Onyema; and GEANCO's 2012 Global Hero Award Recipient, John L. McGoldrick. A rousing concert performance will cap off the memorable evening. This year's Gala will be chaired by NFL Hall of Famer and Chicago Bear legend Richard Dent. Mr. Dent won two Super Bowls in his illustrious career, including one as a leader of the immortal 1985 Chicago Bears. He was the MVP of Super Bowl XX and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. Since retiring from professional football, Mr. Dent has dedicated himself to making a positive impact in the lives of others through his extensive community service and philanthropic activities.

The GEANCO Foundation began with a promise Dr. Godwin Onyema made to his father almost forty years ago as he prepared to leave Nigeria to begin his OB/GYN medical residency in the United States. He pledged to return home to build a hospital for his family and community. Godwin settled in Chicago, established a thirty-five year medical practice, and put his four children through Princeton, Harvard, Georgetown and Boston College. His children then devoted themselves to their father's dream, and The GEANCO Foundation was born.

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