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Loyola University New Orleans Host Second Annual “Syria and Beyond Refugee Benefit”

Loyola press release - March 31, 2017

Fundraiser for refugees in conjunction with Ninth Annual Student Peace Conference at Loyola

Working for a just world,” that’s what Loyola University New Orleans students are pursuing as they organize the “Second Annual Syria and Beyond Refugee Benefit” in conjunction with Loyola’s Annual Student Peace Conference slated to run April 5-7 at Loyola. The annual event is organized by friends and students of Loyola’s acclaimed Middle East Peace Studies Program will bring musicians and artists to join in the fun as students raise awareness for the ongoing refugee crisis.

Benefitting The American Refugee Committee, Catholic Relief Services, and The Dar Al-Salam Orphanage for Syrian Children and Widowed Mothers in Gaziantep, the fundraiser runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in the St. Charles Room located in the Danna Center on Loyola main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The event is open to the public, and tickets will be sold at the door with general admission tickets costing $10 and student tickets costing $5. The cost of ticket includes food and refreshments provided by Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurants, as well as local catering services. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and performances start promptly at 6 p.m.

With cultural performances by Kuwaisiana, Johnny Azari, Aaron Lopez Barrantes, The Irish Sessioners, The Elias Khalaf Band, Ali Reza Payandeh & Afsaneh Ghazavi, and the Genesis Gospel Choir, the event will immerse attendees in various international musical performance and expose them to the beauty and uniqueness of the Middle Eastern music. The event also promises a silent auction, raffle items, henna tattoos and more.

This casual event for families, students, and the New Orleans community as a whole celebrates culture and community, all while raising awareness for the millions of displaced people around the world.

“My father was a refugee from Iraq, and I know the emotional and physical toll it has taken and continues to take on his life,” said Summer AbuKhomra, a senior history major and a minor in Middle East Peace Studies and the event’s coordinator. “With this event, we are hoping to raise twice as much money as last year and raise awareness of the refugee crisis, all while bringing the New Orleans community together for a night of food, music and fun.”

Additional donations are accepted. ALL proceeds will be donated to the charities listed above.

Clothing, pots and pans, books, household cleaning supplies, and other items in good or new condition can be donated at the event and will be brought to New Orleans Refugee Resettlement Agency in New Orleans.

Click here for details on the performances.