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Lasell International Club Supports Syrian Refugees through International Dinner Event
November 16, 2012
The Lasell College International Club hosted its first International Dinner Celebration last week welcoming more than 100 guests, simultaneously raising funds for Syrian refugees.
During the event, held November 13, students modeled traditional garments from various cultures in a student/faculty fashion show, enjoyed dishes prepared by students, faculty and others and organized a silent auction to raise supply funds for Syrian refugees.
Thousands of refugees from Syria are in camps throughout the Middle East as a result of violent conflict in their country since March 2011. The International Club approached Lasell Communications Professor Janbek, a native of Jordan, to discuss opportunities to support relief efforts for refugees in Jordan.
The event raised over $600 and those donations will be delivered personally by Professor Janbek to a relief group in early December. Professor Janbek also suggested that the club consider hosting additional dinners this year to benefit various relief causes around the world.
"The International Club worked very hard to support our brothers and sisters from Syria and we hope our effects can help them during this time," said Tamara Matama 15,' International Club President.
"I thought the international banquet was a huge success, especially because it was the first time the event was held," added club member Carissa Woolf 13'.
The event was co-sponsored by Center for Community-Based Learning, the Center for Spiritual Life, the Nancy Lawson Donahue '49 Institute for Values and Public Life and the Office of International Services.
Local establishments including Tom's Pizza, Margarita's, Pizzeria Uno, J.P. Licks, and Tavern in the Square also contributed to the dinner.