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On Nov. 3, 200 supporters of Solidarity Bridge gathered at The Woman’s Club of Evanston for our annual fundraiser, Fiesta of Heroes. 

Kurt Florian of Wheaton was honored with this year’s Solidarity Award for his dedication supporting Solidarity Bridge’s mission, both here in the U.S. as board president and as a team leader during the September mission trip to Bolivia. 

The Fiesta included auctions, raffles, Bolivian dancers, Bolivian items from Solidarity Bridge’s fair-trade Greenola and the premier of Solidarity Without Borders, a short movie documenting the struggles of indigenous Bolivian people and their battle against the potentially deadly disease, Chagas.

Solidarity Bridge is an Evanston-based non-profit organization that has brought volunteers to work with the people of Bolivia since 1999, providing critical 
medical care and Fair Trade partnerships to those living in poverty in Latin America. In 2011 it expanded its outreach to Paraguay.

The Solidarity Bridge medical program is a partnership between U.S. and Latin American surgical and medical colleagues and has provided more than $23 million worth of supplies, medicines and equipment; seen more than 56,000 patients; and made possible more than 3,000 surgeries.