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Good Neighbor Gala

A Gathering of Neighbors as we start a new season of welcome in Western New York.

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Thursday, November 2nd

The Arbor Loft
17 Pitkin Street, Rochester NY 14607
Doors & Cocktail Hour at 5:30 PM
Program: 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Join us for food, entertainment, special guests, and raising funds for World Relief Western New York! 

For the past two years, World Relief Western New York has been partnering with community members like you to welcome and walk alongside immigrants and refugees as they find belonging in their new home.

In one moment, it’s looked like showing up at the airport, with little notice, to welcome a new Afghan family arriving in Rochester. In other moments, it's looked like navigating school registrations, rental agreements, doctor appointments, and so much more!

These first two years have been challenging, but also brought us great joy. That’s why our Good Neighbor Gala will be a special one as we come together to look back on your impact and look forward to welcoming a greater influx of refugees and immigrants arriving to Western New York this year.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 to walk alongside immigrants and refugees in Rochester. Will you help us?


Guest Speaker: Aerlande Wontamo, Senior VP of U.S. Programs

Aerlande has been working in the refugee and immigrant services field for more than 15 years. This work is near and dear to her heart both personally, and professionally having spent her formative childhood years in Kenya. Prior to joining World Relief, she spent a decade with Lutheran Social Services beginning her career as a case manager, eventually assuming the role of Regional Director for Maryland and Virginia. Most recently she held several leadership positions at Catholic Charities D.C. Aerlande has extensive experience in program management, building, motivating and optimizing teams; and enjoys expanding and enhancing community partnerships. She holds a bachelor's degree in economic development from Eastern Mennonite University and a Master of Public Health, Behavioral Sciences from Saint Louis University. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Our sponsors are a huge part of the success of our event. Thank you!

Andy Nahas and The Prospect Fund

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