DARA’s 2017 Spring Benefit Recap

Danbury Area Refugee Assistance held its second benefit event in April, and now that the confetti is swept up and the accounting finished, we have a little time to breathe. And with that breath, DARA would like to say thank you to everyone who helped make our 2017 Spring Benefit a success.

Michael’s at The Grove hosted our event, providing a beautiful venue, superb food and drink, and a welcoming and fun atmosphere for our guests.

The Rising Tide Band donated their time, music, and voices to help DARA support refugees, playing and singing well into the night with a danceable mix that got everyone moving.

We’d like to offer a special thank-you to our guest speakers: Greg Marino, Cosponsorship Manager of Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS), for speaking about the world refugee crisis and his work with resettlement groups;

Heba Gowayed, for her narrative of working with refugees and her studies on resettlement;

and Maher Mahmood, for sharing his experiences as a refugee.

Both Maher and photographer Jamie Kaplan took some wonderful photos, which you can view in our gallery.

So many people both local and regional donated items and services to DARA’s silent auction to help us raise money in support of refugees: businesses large and small, artists and artisans, private donors, and many others.

Our community is welcoming and supportive of refugees in the true tradition of America, and DARA is both proud and humbled to be able to play a part in this wonderful endeavor.

Thank you once again to everyone!

Badger Balm
Bigelow Tea
Byrd’s Books
Caraluzzi’s Market
Daisy Chestnut
Dance for Every Child
Darm’s Designs
Dolr Bills Bowling
Elizabeth Arden
FaDana Studios
Harney and Sons Tea
Jamie Kaplan Photography
Kramer Portraits
La Zingara
Linda Macpherson Photography
Liz Davis Designs
Lost and Found Vintage
Maher Vision Photography
Marlene Tendler Yoga
Michaels at The Grove
Mid-Century Mutt
Molten Java
Monroe Fish Market
Nonni Studios
Paint Draw and More
Rainy Day Paperback Exchange
Redding Roasters Coffee Company
Ridgewood Country Club
Salon Darin
Tambascio’s Restaurant
The Rising Tide Band
Twitch and Whiskers
Weston Woods/Scholastic
YawningDog Editing
Yoga Space
Ziya Blooms
And our many private donors