On Saturday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Larchmont, Neighbors for Refugees (NfR) a local grass-roots organization that helps resettle refugees in Westchester and supports families in their early years as new Americans, is holding a fundraiser. The mission of the evening is to give voice to refugees in all of its complexity.
The evening will consist of a theatrical performance called “In Her Words: Refugee Women’s Stories on Stage,” a silent auction, an authentic Afghan meal created by a recently resettled family, and a discussion about the global state of refugees. The organization will be donating 100% of the proceeds toward their work in the resettlement of refugees.
The meal is being prepared by one of the families that were resettled in Westchester by Neighbors for Refugees. There will be a selection of appetizers and main dishes for both vegetarians and meat eaters. All meat will be halal. Most significant to the resettlement journey of this family is the opportunity for this particular Afghan woman to experience employment for the first time.
The play, devised by Beth Blatt, aims to support refugees creatively through artistic expression, and also financially. It tells the story of women refugees who have fled intolerable circumstances, ranging from civil war and ethnic cleansing to violent acts of homophobia. Most find hope and a new life far from their home countries.
The show is being directed by Zachary Moore, PACE theater teacher at Mamaroneck High School. After holding local auditions, the cast will include Meya Abed, Amanda Amodio, Lindsey Belisle, Susan Brust, Ava Delaney, Meg Hosey, Sara Kandler, Farah Kathwari, Lynn Neidorf, Courtney Ross, Rania Saghir and Naomi Young. The play is produced by Holly Rosen Fink.
The night’s generous sponsors for its silent auction include tickets to several Broadway shows including Be More Chill, King Kong, and Hadestown, as well as tickets to the off-Broadway hit Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish and tickets to the NYC nightclub 54 Below. The following local merchants have also donated items and gift cards: Apiary, Bradley’s, Dee J Design, Encore, Gisele’s Salon, J. McLaughlin, Larchmont Tavern, Mamaroneck Paddle Company, Plaster Place Pottery, Polsky Sports & Entertainment, Sound Shore Digital, Tequila Sunrise, Trattoria 141, Village Square Quilters, Voracious Reader, Write on Westchester, and Winged Foot Golf Club.
Neighbors for Refugees is focused on refugee resettlement in cooperation with the State Department and affiliated organizations. Refugees are people who have had to flee their home country due to violence or persecution and have been fully vetted and entered legally with the support of State Department designated agencies. Neighbors for Refugees also helps refugees in our area who have critical needs and are no longer receiving official support. More info on the organization can be found at www.neighborsforrefugees.com.
The fundraiser’s tickets are being sold at a suggested donation of $100 and can be purchased through the NFR web site www.neighborsforrefugees.com with “June 22 Gala” indicated in the note section.
Neighbors for Refugees
Holly Rosen Fink
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