**UPDATE (April 10th at 3:00 pm): A Thank you
Thank you to everyone who attended! We could not have done it without your support and did not envision Rebuilding Beirut to be as successful as it was. It was enlightening to see Lebanon in the different limelights the panel provided. A shoutout to our co-sponsors: MEDLife at UIUC, UNICEF at Suffolk University, and Sigma Beta Rho at UIUC.
And a special thank you to our partners and panelists: Dr. Shadi Atallah, Brittany Taylor, Dani Abboud, Iliana Alvarenga, Emiliana Lopez, and Leslie Alvarez. Without them, this event would not have happened.
While the event has come and gone, the option to donate will remain available until April 17th.
Beginning in 2017, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has held a Gala every spring to recognize and raise funds for global calamities in support of UNICEF. This tradition has brought together various members of our community, allowing us to expand our worldview and make a difference for those in need. For our fifth annual event, our committee has chosen to highlight Lebanon and support the victims of the Beirut explosion. On April 10, 2021, beginning at 12:30 pm CST/1:30 pm EST, UNICEF at UIUC will be hosting its Rebuilding Beirut Luncheon.
On August 4, 2020, Beirut’s port, which included large amounts of ammonium nitrate, exploded. The disaster in the capital was catastrophic, surmounting to $15 billion in property damage. Dubbed one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history, it injured 6,500 civilians, displaced 300,000 citizens, and took over 200 individual's lives. An already fragile country is still facing the impacts of the debilitating blast, as it battles medical challenges, an ongoing socio-economic crisis, a worldwide pandemic, and existing civil unrest.
The Rebuilding Beirut Luncheon will introduce the events that preceded the Beirut explosion. This portion will focus on raising awareness about Beirut's current humanitarian situation. This will be followed by a live, moderated Q&A discussion. In this Speaker Series, a diverse panel of speakers will offer their personal testimony on numerous topics, such as what life was like growing up in Lebanon prior to relocating to the United States, UNICEF's response to the Lebanese emergency, and the lasting impacts of the port explosions. The panelists will address your questions, which can be pre-submitted or asked live. Learn more about pre-submitting questions in the section below.
Amidst the hardships brought forth this past year, our main goal is to remind our community that we can extend a helping hand no matter where we are in the world. With your help, we can Rebuild Beirut together and better the livelihoods of the Lebanese youth.
We thank you for taking the initiative to ease the negative impacts of this monumental day in history.
**This is open to all ages. Rebuilding Beirut will follow UNICEF USA's child safeguarding best practices**
***UNICEF at UIUC is part of UNICEF USA’s national coalition of student-led campus groups that educate, advocate, and fundraise on behalf of the children’s international development organization, UNICEF***
If your business, organization, or club would like to become a co-sponsor for our event email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. That way, we can personally connect to discuss co-sponsorship perks and requirements. We hope to hear from you soon!