The throbbing of animal-skin drums, some almost as tall as the boys pounding them, fills a banquet room at Cityplace while girls dressed in African wax cloth, with short grass skirts tied like bustles around their waists and bells around their ankles, stamp out an ancient rhythm. Lawyers and judges watch 22 exuberant children, ages 6 to 18, perform a dance from Uganda. The girls flip their ponytails and roll their heads in unison, wide smiles of unabashed joy on every face. When the dance ends, members of the audience look momentarily stunned and then burst into applause. As they leave the performance of the Children of Uganda's dance troupe, they pull out... More >>>
Alexis Hefley, center, gave up a career in banking to work with Ugandan orphans.