From our generous sponsors and host committee to our esteemed guests and others who donated to the cause, THANK YOU for making this year's benefit such a success! More than 500 people gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of refugees in becoming U.S. citizens.
Your support helps refugees thrive as new Americans.
We're still calculating the final numbers, so if you couldn't attend or want to make one last contribution, you can still make a gift today.
For all the paperwork, studying, legal fees, interviews, and waiting—lots of waiting—becoming a U.S. citizen is no easy feat! Thankfully, people like you are there to help light the path forward.
We were privileged to hear from 5 courageous and inspiring refugees about what becoming U.S. citizens means to them. Their journeys brought them to Chicago from Iran, Somalia, Burma, and Togo. Today, they are proud to be U.S. Americans.
Watch the video to hear their stories.
We were also honored to recognize the Hyde Park Refugee Project with the Lighting the Path Forward award for their outstanding work of welcome.
Since this volunteer-led organization got started in 2016, we have partnered with them to help light the path forward for five refugee families from Syria and the Congo.
Congrats to our Weekend in Washington, D.C. raffle winner, Ellen Largay!
2019 HOST COMMITTEE
Many thanks to each one of these team members for their enthusiasm, talent, and hard work in helping make this event a successful celebration of refugees' new beginnings.
Felice Weinberg Nelson, Co-Chair
Rita Gutekanst, Co-Chair
Portia Belloc Lowndes
Sara Spoonheim Amit