Why? IPM’s Namaste Giveaway!

I promised you five awesome giveaways for Cleveland events and here is number two! On Friday, April 26, International Partners in Mission is holding its Namaste benefit to raise money for IPM’s projects serving women and children around the world.

Namaste Promotional Material

From China to Lebanon to right here in Cleveland, IPM’s programs make a difference in the lives of those in need of aid and of hope. Two of IPM’s local projects are Esperanza Threads, in which low-income women sew made-to-order clothing, and the Interfaith Hospitality Network, which provides meals and temporary housing for the homeless.


When I was first invited to this event and heard that it was called Namaste, the yogi in me was very excited. Namaste is a standard at the end of most yoga classes and means “the light in me honors the light in you.” That’s a pretty inspiring statement! And while there won’t be any yoga at the Namaste benefit, I can’t promise I won’t be tempted to bust out a downward-facing dog.

So, what is on the agenda for Namaste? Tasty food from Clark Pope Catering (you Fresh Fork-ers will recognize Clark from the delicious sauces and jams in our shares), a chance to learn more about IPM’s Immersion Experience Program, global music, and a silent auction filled with wonderful prizes. Plus, a chance to check out the newly-opened Ariel International Center, with gorgeous views of the Cleveland skyline and Lake Erie.

Tickets for Namaste are $40 for first-time attendees, $50 for return attendees, and $100 for VIP and can be purchased by clicking here. Or you can enter to win two tickets right here.

Here’s how to enter (leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry):

1. Check out International Partner’s in Mission’s website and leave a comment letting me know one thing you learned about IPM’s work.

2. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment letting me know you tweeted:

I want to experience global culture and help a global mission by attending #IPMNamaste from @WhyCLE: http://wp.me/p1fb9r-1ou

You can tweet daily for additional entries, just leave a separate comment each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Monday, April 8 at 11:59pm and the winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by International Partners in Mission to help promote Namaste. In exchange, I will receive two tickets for myself and two tickets to give away. All images in this post were provided by IPM. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


19 Responses

  1. Sounds like a great even and even greater group! I was really happy to see that they focus on projects in the United States. A lot of people think of “mission activities” as going to developing countries but there are developing parts of our own country that definitely need help and support. The Boot Heel, MO project was interesting to me as I’m somewhat familiar with that area and the needs having gone to grad school in St. Louis!

  2. Laura B.

    Their Esperanza Threads project is expanding. Esperanza Threads Will Soon be Available at Fine Retailers ~ June 1, 2013.

  3. Katie

    Love that one of the core principles of IPM is that mission is a ‘2 way street’ – involves learning/teaching and giving/receiving from both sides.

  4. Tim

    It’s interesting to learn that Lutheran missionaries founded International Partners In Mission (IPM) in 1974, originally under the name of Partners In Mission (PIM).

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