Our grantee Skateistan uses skateboarding to open the door for out-of-school youth to educational and life skill programs, which Blossom Hill has proudly funded for the last five years. Our Board Member & journalist Reza Sayah produced this video during his most recent visit to the skate park in Kabul, Afghanistan. (CLICK IMAGE to launch video.)
Blossom Hill @ NCCS
Last month, Blossom Hill Foundation was honored to join several Fairfield County nonprofit organizations at New Canaan Country School’s volunteer fair, an event in honor of our National Day of Service and Remembrance.
The theme of the fair was community and Blossom Hill’s founder, Shiva Sarram, shared her story of immigrating to the United States from Iran as a young girl. Being part of her new home and feeling part of the community were vital to her success. Shiva therefore encouraged the students to show compassion; to learn more about the current refugee crisis; and to realize that simple gestures can make all the difference.
Shiva reminded the students that the 8 billion people sharing the planet are much more similar than different. We all want a safe, nurturing environment to grow up in; and, "those" kids "far" away in the Middle East have the same wishes, hopes and dreams as kids right here in this auditorium -- to grow to become teachers, doctors, artists and athletes. So the next time you meet someone new, ask to hear her or his story. It is the first step toward building community.
Save the Date: Our 5th Annual Auction
Mark your calendars! Our 5th annual online auction will launch on Friday, November 18th. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we received from the Blossom Hill community last year. In fact it was our most successful auction to date!
This online campaign has become our main fall fundraising event -- providing the critical support we need to serve children and youth affected by war in the Middle East -- whether programs like Skateistan, Karam or through our new fellows program.
If you would like to support the auction by donating a delightful service or a unique experience, download our donor pledge form here. From facials to foodie events to tennis lessons to summer camp deals -- our auction covers the gamut!
Thousands of bidders join our event, making this auction a wonderful opportunity to showcase your business or service to a wide audience.
Contact Sheila Renovitch, Blossom Hill Foundation's Deputy Director, with any questions. We appreciate your participation!
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