By GenR: NY Leader, Jackie Silles-Dellegrazie
On July 18, more than 460 dedicated humanitarians came together at Tribeca Rooftop for the Seventh Annual NY GenR Summer Party. On the surface, the event had all the outward appearances of a chic NYC rooftop party. Wait staff passed hors d'oeuvres. The sunlight faded over the Hudson River and was replaced by the white lights of the Freedom Tower. Young New York professionals sipped summer cocktails, chatted with one another, and swayed to the DJ’s music.
Except this wasn’t your typical summer rooftop party. Far from it. All of us came together because of the incredibly inspiring work of the IRC. We were united around a single cause—to help refugees here in New York and New Jersey, as well as around the globe, to survive and put their lives back together after facing unimaginable circumstances. We made t-shirts to be worn that bring awareness to the plight of refugees. We wrote messages of solidarity that we broadcast via social media and we let our government officials know just how much we care about the refugee crisis. GenR volunteers staffed the Ask the GenR Table to talk with prospective members about how we, as the NY Chapter, stand with refugees.
The entire room fell silent as we listened to IRC President David Miliband call on us to be vocal and active in our work to support refugees around the world. Yet, the most powerful moments came just afterward when we listened to Anita Sharma share her story of growing up in a refugee camp and how she is now studying Public Health at George Washington University. The room went from inspired to electric as the symbolic auction began and pledges were made to help refugees pay for expenses like citizenship fees and MetroCards to get to and from new jobs.
When the night was through, we had broken last year’s party record and raised more than $160,000 for the IRC! What was equally as impressive was how the GenR Summer Party brought together so many members from our fantastic NY Chapter and highlighted our collective compassion and our will to be a force for change. If you’re like most of us party-goers, you undoubtedly ended the night feeling energized and with a renewed commitment to do all you can to support refugees here at home and around the world.
Thank you to the evening’s generous sponsors:
Bloomberg Philanthropies, Trip Advisor
CBRE, Colgate-Palmolive Company, HBO, Jacqueline Carter & Andrew Kalber
Kate & Kent Bennett, Chavez for Charity, Evolving Web, Threads for Thought
Bacardi, Ben & Jerry's, Bombas, Christies, Cotopaxi, Earnest Eats, Exo, Harmless Harvest, Kettle Brand, Sam Adams, Soothe, The Drop, Tribeca Rooftop