Employees from Trocaire College recently took part in the debut Unite by Night fundraising event on April 1 at The Foundry Suites, benefiting the National Federation for Just Communities of WNY (NFJCWNY). The event, produced by a small group of socially conscious young professionals, including Trocaire staff member Emily Burns Perryman, Director of Marketing and PR, 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.
Trocaire staff taking part in the event included: Pamela Witter, Vice President for Development & Community Engagement, Lindsey Dotson, Director of Development and Dr. Linda Kerwin, Dean of the Division of Health Professions, who all walked in the diversity show.
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.