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Thrive hosts Grains of Hope refugee play, ethnic dinner, silent auction April 21

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Thrive host performance of Grains of Hope by Calvin College, together with an ethnic dinner and silent auction fundraiser on April 21.
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Wallpaper elephant art item- silent auction

Wallpaper elephant art item- silent auction /Amity Hudson

Silk dyed scarves by Congolese women, modeled by Adell

Silk dyed scarves by Congolese women, modeled by Adell /Amity Hudson

Silent auction art item displayed by Ted Jauw

Silent auction art item displayed by Ted Jauw /Amity Hudson

Imagine being forced to leave your home, fleeing to seek shelter in a country you hardly know. Professor Stephanie Sandberg and a group of theatre students have interviewed over one hundred refugees about their experiences as well as several individuals who work with the refugees as they resettle in our communities. From these interviews, they have created a new piece of ethnographic (interview-based) theatre that explores the lives and perspectives of a population of which many West Michiganders are unaware. Content appropriate for adults and students (middle school and up). Performances of this play will conclude with a talk-back. This event will take place on Sunday April 21st at the Thrive office location within South Wyoming United Methodist Church, 2730 56th St SW, Wyoming, MI.   Promo Video:

Prior to the play performance, Thrive will host an Ethnic Dinner featuring Cala rice (a dish which allowed slaves from New Orleans to purchase their freedom) and a Silent Auction to benefit the program.  Dinner tickets are $25, the performance is free and open to the public.  More information and tIckets may be purchased at, or find us at Pictures of silent auction items can be seen at both websites.  Silent auction items include a wide variety, including yoga from Seva Yoga, artwork from many local artists, jewelry from Uganda and Kenya, quilts and handmade items, and antiques.  Music from WaZoBia Drumming will also be featured in between the dinner and play.

Pictures and items for the Silent Auction will also be displayed at One Girl's Treasure at 1146 Wealthy St. the week before the event, along with photos of some of our refugee clients taken my Amity Hudson.


5:00pm- Doors open, Silent auction items available for viewing and bidding

5:30pm- Dinner is served

6:30pm- Music from WaZoBia

7:00pm- Grains of Hope play performance

8:30pm- Panel discussion

8:45pm- Silent auction ends

Please contact us at [email protected] with questions!

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