On Wednesday, Jan. 22, the Village Exchange Center (VEC), a local organization dedicated to creating a safe space of belonging while celebrating religious and cultural diversity, will host an international bazaar-themed benefit in celebration of the nonprofit’s third anniversary.
The vibrant event will take place in The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace (2501 N. Dallas Street, Aurora) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., celebrating the many nationalities, faiths and cultures that make up the Greater Denver community.
Guests will enjoy an array of global dishes from eateries owned and operated by immigrants and refugees who call Colorado home, including Jasmine Syrian Food, Taste of Sudan, Nepali Mountain Kitchen and more.
Attendees will also have a unique opportunity to shop for international treasures crafted by world artisans at an on-site bazaar.
Vendors will include A Little Something, a local cooperative which helps refugee women achieve self-sufficiency through the beauty of handmade crafts, and merchants that are part of R Bazaar, a Denver-based non-profit organization that honors the journey of refugee and immigrant artisans through pop-up markets.
Adding musical whimsy to the celebratory evening, acoustic rocker Rob Drabkin will deliver a special performance. A Denver native, Drabkin has performed at iconic venues across the globe, including the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. His music is spirited in nature and light from the heart. Other special guests include Congressman Jason Crow and Reverend Dr. Timothy E. Tyler., who will present VEC’s Martin Luther King Mountaintop Award. In addition to showing support through attendance, guests will be invited to participate in live and silent auctions.
Early bird tickets are on-sale through Jan. 15 for $81 each and will then increase to $100.
Proceeds from the event will help VEC carry out programs that serve and empower refugee, immigrant and local communities in the Denver/Aurora metro area such as English Language Acquisition (ELA), financial literacy classes, after-school programs, food pantry, health and wellness programs, and more.
Funds will also help VEC continue its mission to offer a safe space to the community to celebrate religious and cultural diversity.
$81 (early bird 1/15) | $100
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