RISE’s “A Night of Nations”

RISE’s first annual “Night of Nations” extravaganza was a great success. Over 200 guests attended the April 7, 2018 gala, selling out our site at Temple Concord! We are grateful for the generosity of our guests, sponsors, and the community at large. 

Dr. Cynthia Morrow delivered a rousing Keynote Address advancing the need to support grassroots organizations such as RISE.

RISE’s Board Member Salat Ali also spoke about his own experiences growing up as a refugee who was active in RISE’s programming when he was young.

Guests enjoyed food from across the world served by My Lucky Tummy. 


Here’s Just a Few of the Highlights!
Masters of Ceremonies Dr. Robert and Nan Fechtner oversaw a wonderful evening of food, conversation, and community. We thank them for their efforts. 

RISE recognized a number of community members for their contributions to the organization. Recipients include:

RISE Community Builder Award: Dr. Cynthia Morrow

RISE Ambassador AwardProfessor Murali Venkatesh

RISE Lifetime Achievement Award: Mr. Abukar Awayle

In addition to the generous donations of our guests, RISE would like to once again thank all of the sponsors who made “Night of Nations” a smashing success.

Special thanks must also go out to the following groups and individuals:

The Team from My Lucky Tummy for the Delicious Cuisine
 Temple Concord for the Wonderful Facility
Ms. Ana Vijdea for the Documentary on RISE and its Services
Mrs. Mary Wiles for the Donation of the Night’s Beverages
Ms. Marielle Brunelle for the Program and Poster Designs
Ms. Brittney Vella for the Many Great Photographs from the Event

The many local New American-owned businesses as well as community leaders who contributed their time and their products to the Silent Auction.


The countless volunteers, interns, and staff members who made the night possible.