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Celebrating Noche de Colores 2019

¡CELEBRAMOS! Thank you for making Noche de Colores such a success! 

On May 16, 2019 we celebrated a spectacular Night of Colors – NOCHE DE COLORES – filled with the flavors, music, and fun of Guatemala!

Those who have visited Noche de Colores know the delightful atmosphere that arises when Common Hope supporters, sponsors, volunteers, donors, family and friends come together to celebrate Common Hope’s mission to fight poverty with diplomas.


The evening started off with a cocktail reception and typical Guatemalan appetizers while guests mingled and shopped for their favorite coffee, cocoa and nuts from Guatemala at the mercado. Thank you to local Guatemalan chef and author Amalia Moreno-Damgaard for curating our delicious appetizers and dinner menu bringing authentic Guatemalan cuisine to the table. Qué rico!


Our guests’ favorite game at Noche de Colores benefitting Common Hope’s programs is called Cara o Cruz (Heads or Tails). Participants choose either heads or tails, a Quetzal coin gets flipped, and the winners keep standing until there is only one left standing. This year Nathan Faith was the lucky winner of $1,000! Unicamente en Noche de Colores!


100 suitcases – 100 surprises! At Noche de Colores our guests could participate in the famous Buen Viaje (Good Trip) Suitcase Raffle. Each suitcase is a winner and contains a fun prize, with one suitcase containing a trip to Costa Rica. Congratulations to Lori Worwa for winning the grand prize of a week-long trip to Coco Beach in Costa Rica! Gracias a todos for joining the fun, and THANK YOU to Canetani Vacation Properties for sponsoring this activity!


This year at Noche de Colores we had five exciting items up for bid during our live auction:

  1. Taste of Guatemala – Street Food Fiesta with Executive Director Shari Blindt

  2. A framed photo print from National Geographic award winning photographer Buck Holzemer

  3. Drive Hope in Guatemala – A new flatbed truck for our Vision Teams in Guatemala

  4. Stay in Casa de Luz in Colorado

  5. Travel Home to Guatemala with Avi

Teresa and Avi from the Common Hope team joined our auctioneer, Kristine Fladboe Duininck, and DOUBLED the fun of bidding on these items with their entertaining skits. The EXCITEMENT and laughter could be seen and heard all around the room. Mil Gracias to all Live Auction Winners! This year’s Live Auction raised more than $60,000 for Common Hope programs.


“Access to education makes you dream and education makes it possible to achieve those dreams.”

This year Nidya Gonzales from San Juan del Obispo, Guatemala travelled to Noche de Colores to share her story. With tireless support from her parents, Nidya and her sister Vivian were the firsts in their family to graduate from high school. Her family was able to fight poverty with diplomas and could break a generational cycle of poverty. Nidya’s inspirational story, her dedication, and her perseverance to follow her dreams was so contagious that Nidya received standing ovation for her speech. We are so proud of you Nidya – estamos muy orgullosos!

Earlier in the evening, we premiered a video featuring Nidya and her mother, Doña Flori. In the video, the family shared about their lives in Guatemala. This video was brought to life by the amazing duo of Buck Holzemer and Patti Petrich, who filmed on location in Guatemala earlier this year. At the event, Buck and Patti were recognized for 10 years of service to Common Hope – for 10 years they have volunteered their time and talents to share stories of hope with all of us. Their commitment was commemorated with a brick in our Pathway of Dreamsin Guatemala. Muchas gracias Buck y Patti. We appreciate you so much!


Thank you to everyone who donated in the fund-the-need auction to help 100 moms and dads give their children the gift of education. Thank you for your generosity! MUCHAS GRACIAS!


Guests could visit our Pathway of Dreams Sponsorship Gallery to meet students waiting for a Sponsor. Eighteen students got sponsored at Noche de Colores! That’s 18 students, 18 lives that will change for ever.  Eighteen students with dreams and hopes for their future, 18 students on their way to graduation, 18 students granted the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty with diplomas THANKS TO YOU. We welcome our new sponsors to the Common Hope familia and say muchas gracias y bienvenidos! Thank you for deciding to BE THE HOPE for these deserving students.



We cannot express how grateful we are for your support! Thank you to all of our guests who made it such an incredible evening.

Click here for more spectacular photos of Noche de Colores.

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