On Wednesday, April 19th we celebrated refugees in our community at Journey to the Wasatch, an event hosted by GenR: Salt Lake City! Nearly 200 guests enjoyed interactive activities, international cuisines and a symbolic live auction—all in support of refugees! By the end of the evening, we raised close to $30,000 to support programming in Salt Lake City essential to newly arrived refugees.
Guests participated in activities geared to helping them understand the experience of a refugee once they arrive in the U.S. From playing an all-American yard game to writing 80 postcards to elected officials, attendees took the challenge to finish all four activities seriously.
The program started at 7:30pm with remarks from Patrick Poulin, our executive director. Following Patrick, Summer Millican spoke about her journey as a concerned community member to an active volunteer and GenR Leadership Committee member. The live auction was a raucous affair, raising over $5,600 in less than 30 minutes. Finally, Shaida, a young refugee woman, delivered a poignant and powerful spoken word performance concluding to hearty applause.
We are extremely grateful to our community, who time and time again open their arms and welcome refugees into our neighborhoods. We continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of the community around us. Thank you to all who attended and to all who continue their efforts to make refugees welcome in Utah and beyond!
We would also like to take a moment to thank our event sponsors:
Thank you to our in-kind sponsors:
Thank you to our media sponsor:
And thank you to the Spice Kitchen Incubator entrepreneurs who catered the event:
Jamaica’s Kitchen, Chef Donovan
Mother of All, Chef Kaltum
Ashikat Kitchen, Chef Saadiyah
For more information about future GenR events or to learn more about becoming a member, contact us at GenRSLC [at] Rescue.org.