MESA, Ariz. — For her 40th birthday, Jennifer Brinkerhoff is throwing the party. It's a 40th birthday celebration fundraiser to benefit Hope Arising, which helps people in Ethiopia. Brinkerhoff is hoping to raise $40,000 — $40 at a time — to help with a water link to a dry village and micro loans for women in Dera, Ethiopia.

Brinkerhoff, of the Ashland Ranch Ward, Gilbert Arizona Greenfield Stake, has traveled to Ethiopia three times in the past year and a half and is focusing her doctoral research on Ethiopian women.

The celebration dinner is at the Wright House, 636 W. University Drive, Mesa. The event includes Ethiopian food, live music and information about the people of Dera. For information, contact Chantal Carr at [email protected] or 602-549-0955. For information on Hope Arising, see