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MLK Day 2023

By Amy Kuehn | January 16, 2023

MLK Day Statement from CEO Tony Sanneh We celebrate the life of a great man today, who taught us justice and peace.  Patience for change is not one of my strongest qualities.  I believe we all deserve better and we all need better. One of the quotes from Dr. King reminds me that time is not on our side, and what we have at stake will require hard work to move things forward. Thank you to an…

Team USA

By Amy Kuehn | December 1, 2022

A World Cup Message from 2002 to 2022 Thank you for making me proud to be an American and exemplifying the values that make this country great.   You are the youngest team in history, with an average age under 25 years of age.  You have navigated an unprecedented geo-political situation beyond your control. You play with class and style while bringing  us to the edge of our seats, not sitting back, not being afraid but…

Dems Stage Theatrical Comeback to Reclaim Title as Congressional Soccer Match Champions

By Amy Kuehn | May 3, 2022

Dems Stage Theatrical Comeback to Reclaim Title as Congressional Soccer Match Champions! WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Congressional Soccer Match – this year presented by the U.S. Soccer Federation – returned in all its excitement, convening embassy employees, Members of Congress, sports legends, Hill staffers, and soccer fans in support of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s proven, life-changing programs for children in underserved communities. In their first meeting since…

Sanneh’s Very Own Eco Ambassadors!

By Selena Moua | October 21, 2021

Sanneh’s Very Own Eco Ambassadors! Our Sanneh youth learned about local and global waste reduction, and the importance of loving our planet! Eco Day at Conway Former MLB Mercenary Chris Dickerson at Conway. In acknowledgment of International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste Reduction last month, our local youth at Sanneh engaged in an environmental literacy workshop. The event highlighted the importance of food consumption, waste reduction and sorting through trash and recyclables.…

Summer Highlight: Jimmy Lee Soccer Camp’s Happy Camper, Asa!

By Selena Moua | October 12, 2021

Summer Highlight: Jimmy Lee Soccer Camp’s Happy Camper, Asa! Returning to more normal summer activities after more than a year of social isolation was not always easy. That is where having a staff of coaches trained in positive developmental relationships helped young people like Asa reengage in play and physical activity. It’s October as the leaves begin to fall. We’ve finally made it to the end of summer and that means that our summer camps…


By Amy Kuehn | June 20, 2021

FIRE TO PART OF THE BUILDING PUTS PARTNERSHIPS INTO ACTION IN SUPPORT OF EAST SIDE YOUTH AND FAMILIES St. Paul, MN. (June 20, 2021)  – In the very early morning of Sunday, June 20, 2021 the Conway Community Center on St. Paul’s East Side was the scene of a fire at the west entrance to the building. The building was empty when the fire occurred, and there were no physical injuries. The building’s entryway and…

Sanneh Launches TikTok Account to Reach out to Youth

By Agnes O | June 18, 2021

The Sanneh Foundation is now on TikTok! The Foundation launched our new social media account this Thursday. The account will highlight the day-to-day ongoing activities of Sanneh and our team, starting with summer soccer and basketball camps.  The new platform is a great space to interact with young people. The Sanneh Foundation has always centered our actions on youth participation and youth engagement; our youth workforce feeds families, mentors students, and teaches youth sports camps.…

Sanneh Spotlight: Shannon DeMuth

By Agnes O | May 7, 2021

Sanneh Spotlight: Shannon DeMuth Snapshot Shannon DeMuth is a Dreamline Coach at North High School. She enjoys being outside, traveling, hiking, spending time with her family and friends, and dining out for Italian food and tacos. She likes to listen to all kinds of music  (except heavy metal music). Her favorite artists are Khalid, Post Malone, and P!NK. Working with a Struggling Student:  We were allowed to bring in a small number of students into…

Welcoming Olivia Antilla

By Agnes O | April 22, 2021

Welcoming Olivia Antilla   Sanneh is welcoming Olivia Antilla who has accepted employment at the Foundation as the Conway Community Center Program Manager. As the Conway Community Center program manager Olivia will assist with the organization, marketing, setup, supervision, and coaching of Sanneh camps as well as other Sanneh programming at the Conway Community Center. Olivia graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Agribusiness. While at Florida A&M, she played…

Tony Sanneh’s Statement on the Derek Chauvin Verdict

By Agnes O | April 20, 2021

As a community-serving organization, and as a Black male CEO of a nonprofit focused on equitably serving youth and families from multiple racial and ethnic communities, I believe that no outcome in the trial of Derek Chauvin ends the systemic issues and racial inequity we face and experience daily as people of color.  While we at The Sanneh Foundation applaud that legal justice was done in the trial of Derek Chauvin, and rightfully expect justice…

Record-Breaking Gala4Goals on Same Night as Record-Breaking Snowfall

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Even a record-breaking winter storm which dumped just short of a foot of snow on the Twin Cities over the course of two days wasn't enough to stop the raging success of the record-breaking 2018 The Sanneh Foundation's Gala4Goals, held Saturday, February 24, at the RiverCentre in St. Paul.  Over 1,200 people braved the snow and the cold to support the Foundation, the largest crowd ever assembled in the event's eight-year history.
As the thermometer registering the temperature rapidly dropped outside, the thermometer recording donations inside Gala4Goals heated up to a mercury-busting $660,000, topping event organizers' evening goal of raising $650,000.
When asked why he thought this year's event broke all previous records, The Sanneh Foundation Founder and CEO, Tony Sanneh, said, "It's all about the thousands of people embracing our mission of bringing people together and uniting communities.  There's a tide turning where everyone is beginning to realize the great things we can do if we work together.  I am so proud of our sponsors and everyone who helped make this year's gala a success."
During the evening, co-emcees Roxane Battle and Adam Gislason provided a relaxed, yet entertaining platform for a seamless array of dignitaries to heat up the stage, including St. Paul Mayor, Melvin Carter; Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey; event co-chairs, Atomic Data CEO, Jim Wolford and THOR Companies CEO, Ravi Norman; along with several public officials who received Certificates of Appreciation, including numerous state senators and House of Representatives members who authored current or former successful appropriations bills which have been signed into law by Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton.  Representative Jenifer Loon spoke passionately about the importance of mentorship opportunities in Minnesota.
Remarks made by event co-chair Jim Wolford seemed to echo the warm sentiments of all who were in attendance when Wolford said, "As long as I am CEO of Atomic Data, we will continue to support Tony and The Sanneh Foundation, next year, the following year, and in 30 years to come."  Co-chair Ravi Norman, made the same pledge and used his time on stage to urge a new appreciation for an expanded, diversified, and skilled Minnesota workforce.
Yet, it was the electrifying, personality-laden dance troupe, Conway Cheer Team, comprised of girls, ages 8-14, who really took the crowd by storm, brought the masses to their feet, and immediately captured the hearts of those in attendance.
The event was punctuated by the delectable delights of nationally renowned Chef David Fhima, with guests enjoying the top chef's creation of Moroccan Seasonal Salad with an original culinary masterpiece exclusively prepared for the event, Gala4Goals Spiced Chicken.
Gala4Goals program also included a silent auction, live auction, and honoring 2017 TSF Board Members of the Year, Dave Rust and Stacey Ray-Akyea; 2017 Staff Members of the Year, Evan Bell, Leanna Larson, and Melanie Cobb; 2017 Volunteer of the Year, Hannah Jones; 2017 Delorez Houle Soccer Mom of the Year Award, Evelyn Tembli; and 2017 Stephanie Dillon Most Inspirational Award, Jerry "Gigi" Oates.
The evening was rounded out by a star-studded after party at the RiverCentre which had guests lamenting the fact the party lights were officially dimmed at 11:30 pm until Gala4Goals 2019.