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. This year, 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/1:30pm EST, UNICEF at UIUC will be hosting its fifth Annual Rebuilding Beirut Gala.
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, and injured 6,500 civilians, displaced 300,000 citizens, and took over 200 individual's lives. An already fragile country is still facing the impacts from the debilitating blast, as it battles medical challenges, an ongoing socio-economic crisis, a worldwide pandemic, and existing civil unrest.
The Rebuilding Beirut Gala will be conducted in two parts on Zoom: 1- Advocacy) The first half will focus on raising awareness about the humanitarian situation in Beirut, in light of the 2020 explosion. Guest speakers will give their personal testimony during this portion. 2- Networking) Following this, we will be coordinating a virtual round-table talk and/or Q&A session. This optional networking event will provide you the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals concerned about global matters. This portion will utilize Zoom's breakout room feature to encourage such conversation.
While this past year has brought forth many uncertanties, let us unite virutally to Rebuild Beirut and impact the lives of the Lebanese youth.
We are deeply grateful for your commitment to UNICEF's work for children.
***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 sponsor for our event email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. That way, we can personally connect to discuss the perks, requirements, and how both of our needs can be met. We hope to hear from you soon!