A HOME. A VOICE. A VOTE. A REFUGEE'S DREAM.
Join us to celebrate what U.S. citizenship means to refugees, hear what the journey to citizenship takes, and learn how we're building a brighter future - together.
Second City Alum
The son of Cuban refugees, Eddie is an actor, writer, and Emmy award-winning producer based in Los Angeles. He is an alum of The Second City's e.t.c. stage, traveled the country with The Second City Touring Company and co-founded iO Chicago's long-running Spanish improv show Heraldo.
Melineh has been with RefugeeOne since 1985, one year after she was resettled as an Armenian refugee from Iran. She became executive director in 2013. Knowing the refugee experience herself, she is passionate about lighting the path forward for others from around the world.
Host of WBEZ Worldview
Jerome is host of WBEZ's Worldview, a weekday global affairs program that features in-depth conversations about international issues and their local impact. Jerome believes broadcasting's highest calling is to bring people together to make a difference.
& MANY PROUD
At the event, you'll meet Ali, Halima, Mohammed, Miriam, and Ousseni - five courageous refugees and asylees who are on the path to U.S. citizenship. Their journeys have brought them to Chicago from Iran, Somalia, Burma, and Togo. Today, they are proud to be U.S. Americans.
LATE NIGHT PARTY
Can't make dinner but still want to support RefugeeOne?
Round up some friends and join in on the fun during the Late Night Party.
9:00 p.m. - Midnight
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago
3-Hour Open Bar | Late Night Snacks | Photo Booth
CircEsteem Youth Performances
Live Music by Bluewater Kings Band
Tickets start at $75
Jay Gratz & Portia Belloc Lowndes
Rita Gutekanst & David Huizenga
Jessica and David Kinzelman
Larry and Debbie Stotts
Janet and David Stowell
Felice Weinberg Nelson & Rich Nelson
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