GLO's 4th Annual Fundraising Gala GLOFest 2019

Guiding Light Orphans (GLO) is holding a charity dinner at The North House in Avon, CT on Friday, June 7th from 5:30pm to 9pm to help improve the lives of Women and Girls with economic opportunities in Masindi, Uganda. A buffet dinner, free drink voucher, live & silent auctions plus dancing and live music will be the highlights. 

The gala’s focus and theme this year revolves around is Transforming the Lives of Women and Girls in Uganda. GLO feels strongly about providing entrepreneurial skills through Vocational Enterprise Training (VET) for women and girls who live in extreme poverty. Your attendance and contribution will allow us to:

  • Open a Vocational Training Center

  • Teach income-generating, entrepreneurial skills and provide mentorship

  • Help women and girls in rural Uganda strengthen and sustain their families’ through micro economic empowerment.

Key Speakers and Guests

Mark Brady,
Master Carpenter, Kitchen Designer

and Remodeler

Mark Brady is by trade a master carpenter, kitchen designer and remodeler. Mark is a pioneer and nationally recognized in kitchen design and shopping for its parts. Mark was born in New Haven, CT, and lived in Milford for 3 months, then in Meriden in the House where his Mom still lives in today. Educated in Meriden public schools and Wilcox Tech, then Prince Technical School, in carpentry and architectural drafting.

Mark is a member and past president of the Simsbury/Granby Rotary Club, and Assistant Governor of Area 8. Mark is also District Governor Elect in Northern CT and Western Mass known as Rotary District 7890. He will become Governor on July 1st 2019.


As a military historian and historical reenactor, Mark was an American Militiaman and later a British Redcoat for 7 years during the American Revolution Bicentennial. He was a Club Scout, Boy Scout and Demolay, and trooper for 4 years in The First Company Connecticut Governors Horse Guards in Avon.


Mark has been a guest preacher at many local churches for 35years, performing weddings, themed or otherwise as a Justice of the Peace. Mark is an avid storyteller, and is currently a resident of Granby, Connecticut.

Keynote Speaker
Barret Katuna,
Executive Officer, Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)

Barret Katuna became the full-time Executive Officer of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) in January 2017. Sociologists for Women in Society is a professional, feminist non-profit organization with the following mission:

1) Encouraging the development of sociological feminist theory and scholarship; 2) Transforming the academy through feminist leadership, career development, and institutional diversity; 3) Promoting social justice through local, national, and international activism; and 4) Supporting the publication and dissemination of cutting edge feminist social science.

SWS hosts two meetings each year where sociologists come together to network, to support each other, and to present their research. The official academic journal of SWS is Gender & Society. This top-ranked sociology and women’s studies journal publishes articles that analyze gender and gendered processes in interactions, organizations, societies, and global and transnational spaces.

Prior to working for SWS, Barret was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut from August 2014 – December 2016. Barret completed her Ph.D. in April 2014 from the University of Connecticut. The title of her dissertation is: Breaking the Glass Ceiling?: Gender and Leadership in Higher Education.

Barret is currently working on a book that is to be the next book published by Emerald Publishing Limited in its Great Debates in Higher Education Series that is entitled, Degendering Leadership in Higher Education. While pursuing her Ph.D., Barret also earned certificates from the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and Human Rights Institute. Barret has published her research in Societies Without Borders and Social Movement Studies and in edited volumes. Barret is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor’s Degree (French and Political Science) and Master’s Degree (Political Science) from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania before pursuing her graduate studies in Connecticut.

Barret currently resides in South Glastonbury, Connecticut with her husband, Benjamin Kehl, and twin 5-year-old sons, Hans and Henry.


GLOFest2019 is a unique fundraising event that attracts business professionals and key leaders in the community who all share a common commitment to championing economic opportunities in vulnerable populations. All funds raised will be directly invested in building and equipping GLO’s Vocational Training Center and making a positive impact on underserved populations in rural Uganda. GLO continues to form strategic alliances with philanthropists and local partners in order to further its mission, and we think you can play a major role to break the cycle of extreme poverty.

Your generous support will enable us to:

  • $20,000 build a four-classroom block for women and girls

  • $5, 000 will equip and furnish the classroom

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