“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” – William Pollard
Recently, a group of friends banded together to discuss the issues of racism, bias and discrimination that face this country (and this community). In turn, they ended coming up with an idea for an event that draws attention to the issue, while bringing people together to celebrate the diversity of Buffalo.
The event, called Unite by Night, is the culminating effort to create a better Buffalo (City of Good Neighbors) between Emily Burns Perryman (Trocaire College), James Neiler (Campus Labs), Nii Sowah (Northwestern Mutual), Samantha Wentlent (Ingram Micro) and Alisha Taggart-Powell (Janie’s Emporium), along with support from National Federation for Just Communities (NFJCWNY).
Immigrants contribute more than $2 billion in combined spending power in the greater Syracuse and Buffalo metropolitan areas, according to a recent study, conducted by New American Economy for CenterState CEO and the International Institute of Buffalo.
The members of this unification coalition feel that we can overcome our differences if we concentrate on what’s truly important – “understanding, respect and trust through education, advocacy and community involvement.” They intend for this event initiative to be one of many, so that we all have a chance to do our part to bring our community together as one.
Unite by Night
April 1, 2017
7:00PM – 11:00PM
The Foundry – 1738 Elmwood Avenue – Buffalo, NY 14207
The Unite by Night event will offer attendees two hours of open bar, hors ‘d oeuvres, a live DJ and a special performance art-type entertainment diversity “fashion” show, celebrating the many beautiful people within the local community. With each ticket purchase, a donation will be made to the NFJCWNY, and opportunities to connect with the organization further will be made available that evening, with employees and members of the Board in attendance. Space is limited, and $40 event tickets are available online only: www.eventbrite.com/e/unite-by-night-benefitting-nfjcwny-tickets-31965227857