“The Platinum Health Benefit: Introducing The Gbomai Bestman Foundation” on 8.21.10

The Gbomai Bestman Foundation to host “The Platinum Health Benefit: Introducing The Gbomai Bestman Foundation” on August 21st . Benefit Aims to Raise to Support Post-War Liberia’s women and children subject to maternal and child mortality.
July 26, 2010 - PRLog -- Silver Spring, Maryland – July 22, 2010 – On August 21st 2010, The Gbomai Bestman Foundation will host its inaugural fundraising event “The Platinum Health Benefit: Introducing The Gbomai Bestman Foundation” in Rockville, MD. This fundraising endeavor, aligned to financially support our core projects for women and children subject to maternal and infant mortality in Liberia, West Africa, will bring together some of the most esteemed individuals in the Maryland, Virginia, and DC metropolitan area for a cause-filled day. It will kick off with a doubles exhibition tennis match in the afternoon from 12pm-1:30, followed by dinner at The Manor Country Club, and end with a celebratory after party in the nation’s capitol at Tuscana West at 11:30pm. Red carpet will begin promptly at 7pm and follow with an exclusive cocktail hour where guests can bid on silent auction items, varying items from horseback riding to a special night at the exquisite Gaylord Resort and National Convention Center, preceding our fine dining portion of the evening. Moreover, we will feature one of Washington’s most exquisite high fashion designers. Russian designer Tysndyma Kroujilov will showcase her most recent collection from self entitled line, Tysndyma, also to be followed by a presentation of our cause. Also, in marrying the arts with philanthropy, popular fashion blogger DC native, Brooke Kao, named a “Style Setter” last year by The Washingtonian, will be presenting our sponsorship level ticket holders with custom designed tees depicting the cause of maternal and child mortality.

Our audience will include a range of celebrities, business owners, philanthropists and notables including internationally acclaimed soccer player George Weah, Liberian Ambassador to the U.S Nathaniel Barnes, Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nation’s Marjon Kamara , actor Hassan Johnson, fashion and style icon Amber Rose, & model and entertainer Lola Monroe among many others. Specially invited keynote speaker of the evening is retired professional basketball player and humanitarian Dikembe Mutombo who last played for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. We are honored to have Mutombo as keynote as he has accomplished our ultimate goal of building a state of the art hospital in post-war Liberia. Mutombo built The Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in his native Democratic Republic Congo. The highly praised recent recipient of the John F. Kennedy Courage Award and Harvard University’s Blue Ribbon Award, Leymah Gbowee, will set the tone for the evening as our opening speaker.

“We are now taking this stand to secure the future of our children because we believe, as custodians of society, tomorrow our children will ask us, 'Mama, what was your role during the crisis?” said Gbowee. Her example is especially meaningful now when world leaders are focusing on women issues as evident in recent international conferences such as Women Deliver in DC and G8/G20 meetings in Canada. Also, upcoming conferences like the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal Summit on September 20th.  

“This is why our work can make a difference - because the world can be a better place when women are in a better place,” says Gbomai Bestman. “GBF wants to make a concentrated effort to improve a woman’s disadvantaged position in the developing world by addressing maternal health in Liberia, West Africa. It may be the smallest piece of the messy pie of global problems - but may prove to be the most important,” she adds.


To purchase sponsorship and individual tickets, please visit the GBF website: www.gbomaibestmanfoundation.org. Ticket Prices range from individual tickets at $100 and $250 to sponsorship level ticket packages at $500, $1,500, $3,500, and $7,500. On the sponsorship level, a $500 ticket holder has access to every portion of our event. To inquire about a special package or to become a sponsor, please email us at info@gbomaibestmanfoundation.org.  


The Gbomai Bestman Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to one of the most vital causes to human kind - maternal and infant mortality. Specifically, we are dedicated to improving the health and well being of mothers and children through pre and postnatal care, family planning, and health education to reduce maternal and infant mortality rate in West Africa, Liberia. As the health of mothers around the world is pivotal in solving our other issues, it is important that our local, national, and global communities avert their focus to women.

This past February, Gbomai and a member of the GBF Team proved just how important these projects could be in improving maternal health. They traveled to Liberia to kick off our Maternal Care Package core project and adopted our first neonatal ward at the Liberian Government Hospital, in which we funded a much-needed renovation. Recent updates from the hospital couldn’t have been better as more expecting mothers are returning to the hospital in their early pregnancy stages for monitoring after hearing about the packages many of their friends received. With the funds raised at this launch, mothers, children, and the clinics that do their best to serve them, will be the direct benefactors as more packages and sponsorships are set up.


Gbomai Bestman‐Johnson is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, having earned a Bachelor of Science In Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Management. In 2001, she launched Compassionate Nursing and Health Care Agency (CNHCA) as an entrepreneurial venture in the organization and management of health services which has been recognized as a top tier nursing agency.

She established The Gbomai Bestman Foundation a commemorative venture, altruistic in nature, to serve as a repository for the memory of her mother Izetta Roberts Bestman, those lost in Liberia’s 1989 massacre, and to honor her personal trials and tribulations as a young mother. Most importantly, she founded GBF foundation to address the negligence of women in the rural areas of Liberia.

Gbomai is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, the Who’s Who Historical Society of Professionals, and the National Association of Professional Women. She is currently married with 4 children and resides in Sandy Spring, Maryland.

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We are dedicated to improving the health and well being of mothers & children through pre and postnatal care, nutrition, child healthcare, family planning, & health education to reduce maternal and child mortality rate in West Africa, Liberia.
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