A letter from Terrie Hill, one of the founders of Fabulous Friends for Africa


Our group started as Five Fabulous Friends at Fifty – 5 dear friends reaching the “half century” milestone together in 2008. I had contemplated a 50th birthday party/ dance for several years, yet really wanted to do something more significant, more lasting than a self-focused birthday extravaganza. In what we hoped was a God-inspired idea, we, along with two other friends we brought on board as “advisors,” started brainstorming about a joint birthday party to benefit relief projects in Africa. (We all were connected with or had been touched in some way by the needs in Africa.)

We are not professional fundraisers, but with God’s blessing, it all came together. On Valentine’s Day 2008, we celebrated our birthdays with a wonderful night filled with friends, dancing and desserts. But beyond the fun of the evening, the bigger story is that almost $50,000 was donated to African Leadership through the event.

The whole experience was a great adventure for us – to celebrate our 50th birthdays with friends, to experience the overwhelming generosity for African Leadership through the event, and then to see the fruit of that generosity in the pictures and stories of the women and children who benefited from our supported projects. And so we decided to do it again.

Since we were officially “over 50,” and adding  more friends to our group, we became the Fabulous Friends for Africa.  In nine years, more than $600,000 has been raised for Africa.

Meet the Fabulous Friends


Audra Beachy

Audra Beachy

Jane Carroll

Jane Carroll

Betty Cope

Betty Cope

Cilla Crane

Cilla Crane

Susan Davis

Susan Davis

Laura Eddleman

Laura Eddleman

Martha Greenwood

Martha Greenwood

Julie Hawley

Julie Hawley

Terrie Hill

Terrie Hill

Sally McCorkle

Sally McCorkle

Beverly Spellings

Beverly Spellings