My start up nonprofit group recently debuted our first endeavor, the Unite by Night fundraising event on April 1 at The Foundry Suites in Buffalo, NY, benefiting the National Federation for Just Communities of WNY (NFJCWNY). The event, produced by our small group of socially conscious young professionals, aimed to celebrate the beauty of diversity and to promote respect and understanding in our community.
The group chose the NFJCWNY as the recipient of profits from the event, as they appreciate the work the organization does in the local Buffalo and WNY community. Members of the Unite by Night team feel passionate about supporting efforts to promote understanding and respect among people of all races, religions, and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution, and education, and were proud to hold an event to help shine additional light on the good work the NFJCWNY accomplishes, while raising additional awareness of their mission.
The highlight of the evening event featured a “diversity fashion show” which displayed local community members of all races, religions, background and experiences, showing off their personal aspects of diversity through custom signage created by local artist Johanna Mustico of Nanny Goat Scrawl Crafts. The diversity show was energetic, fun and powerful, showing off the beauty of diversity and appreciation for people of all kinds.
Unite by Night events will continue in the future, with organizers (pictured l-to-r) James Neiler, Samantha Wentlent, Nii Sowah, Alisha Taggart Powell and Emily Burns Perryman aiming to find unique new ways to communicate the importance of fighting against racism, bias, discrimination, and promoting acceptance through special events, leadership training and education in the local community.
To learn more check out the group’s Facebook page.
You can also learn more about the NFJCWNY on their website.