FEATURED SPEAKER - Espoire Habimana
In 2004, Espoire and his family fled their home in Congo and found refuge at Camp Gatumba in Burundi. Just weeks after, the camp was attacked and Espoire witnessed the brutal killing of members of his family. In 2007, Espoire was resettled by RefugeeOne. Since coming to Chicago, Espoire has been a vision of hope to everyone around him by giving back in any way possible.
Now a junior in college studying political science, Espoire leads the Model UN program at his school and is a member of Amnesty International and Sigma Pi Literary Society. Next year, Espoire will study international relations in Geneva, Switzerland with hopes of one day becoming a United Nations diplomat.
Every refugee has a story. Join us at our gala and hear Espoire tell his inspirational story.
HONOREE - Chuck Sheftel , North Shore Academy
Chuck Sheftel has engaged scores of young people in the work of RefugeeOne over the past 15 years. As the Service Learning Coordinator at North Shore Academy, Chuck strives to help his students understand the world and encourages them to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Together, Chuck and his students have tutored refugee youth, practiced English with adults, and collected hundreds of backpacks, winter coats, and other items for newly arriving refugees.
Chuck’s enthusiasm has even spread to faculty from 16 districts and 65 schools on the North Shore with their involvement in collection drives. In February, Chuck organized students, faculty and their families to co-sponsor a refugee family from Burma.
FEATURED ARTIST - Ghaith
Ghaith will create three paintings live at the event, which guests can bid on during our silent auction. A famous artist in the Middle East, Ghaith Salman Jarew is known for his colorful modern & abstract paintings. Since being resettled by RefugeeOne in 2012, Ghaith has been working to make a name for himself as an artist in Chicago.
Jerome McDonnell - emcee
Weekdays on WBEZ Worldview, Jerome McDonnell provides global affairs coverage of world issues with in-depth conversations on international issues.
Gentlemen of Leisure
Dance the night away to the music of Gentlemen of Leisure, Chicago's premier band. From Top 40 to the standards, from jazz to hip-hop, from polka to Motown, they do it all!
At the age of 14, Amro Helmy began teaching himself how to play the Oud. Today he is an acclaimed Oud player who has mastered diverse styles and techniques and performed more than 50 concerts around the world.
THE AFTER PARTY