Co-Founder Ayesha Vera-Yu with the scholars: A core component of the community’s growth is investing in young leaders through ARK’s comprehensive fully-funded-4-year college scholarship program.

Social impact innovator Advancement for Rural Kids, Inc. (ARK) is hosting GAME NIGHT, a legendary benefit and thrilling night of games, cocktails, delectable, and impact, to be held at 2 East 79th Street in New York on Oct. 19, 2017.

ARK will be celebrating a momentous year.

ARK partners with rural communities who want to invest in themselves and have the courage to go against the grain of handouts.

This year, a partner community in the Philippines completed the three-year award-winning ARK Lunch program and is now funding the program on their own.

Also, the first batch of Scholars that stayed in school because of the ARK Lunch are graduating from college.

The ARK Lunch ends hunger and malnutrition, gets kids back to school, buys from parents and their communities, and creates a new path for communities to secure their food, schooling and income for life.

Jen Furer, ARK’s Chief of Scholars, is excited about this year.

“This year is a BIG deal for ARK’s scholarship program that’s why I believe GAME NIGHT is an important get together,” said Furer.

“We have to celebrate those who tirelessly support ARK because without their faith in the program, 12 college scholars wouldn’t have the opportunity to go and graduate from college. Most of these kids are the first in their family to go to college.”

“We also have to celebrate the ARK partner communities,” Furer added.

“These kids, they work really hard to stay in school and, now, two will be graduating in March, and 10 are in their third year in college. I joined the ARK Team almost four years ago after I met Ayesha at Makilala TV. What I love about ARK’s scholarship program is that it’s not a gift or hand-out. It’s a partnership, an investment. The scholars work hard and at the same time, they give back to the community.”


ARK Lunch/Gardens. The ARK Lunch costs less than 5 cents, affordable for rural families who do their part by creating thriving vegetable gardens.

What makes ARK’s Lunch program different from the other programs?
Co-founder Ayesha Vera-Yu, replied, “We believe that communities want to do it for themselves. We believe that they want to reclaim their dignity and they don’t want hand-outs. We have a partner community, Mangoso, that has proven to other people right now that they can do the ARK lunch program. They’ve paid for it and they want to pay for it for themselves.”

On GAME NIGHT, ARK will also be honoring two incredible catalysts who invested meaningfully to make this impact happen: Brad Tully, Managing Director at JP Morgan; and Miguel Gonzalez, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Cortburg Retirement Planning.

Proceeds from GAME NIGHT will bring the ARK Lunch to other communities in the Philippines and developing world; and enable kids to achieve their dreams to go to high school and college.

Tickets start at $95 and are available at

Cocktails and bites start at 6 p.m., and games start at 7 p.m.

Please contact Adrian Bonifacio at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for any inquiries and partnership opportunities.


Through ARK, the parents in Mangoso Elementary School learned to work together and are now successfully sustaining the lunch program on their own.


Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK) gets kids back to school and creates income with their communities starting with its 5 cent protein and vegetable lunch (ARK Lunch).

ARK is ridiculously serious about creating solutions with the community.

It only invests in communities that invest in themselves and only in solutions that they can afford.

ARK tracks impact and cash flows, and creates a better future for all involved in the journey.

ARK has been recognized by the Asian Development Bank and other organizations for its innovative approach and focus on sustainability.

It is a 501(c)(3) organization in the U.S. and welcomes support from all over the world.

To learn more about ARK and its award-winning lunch program, visit


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