By Farwah Rizvi
Congo, Senegal and Syria were just some of the tables at the first annual UNICEF Hunger Banquet. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness about hunger and poverty, and to fundraise money to donate to the Sahel region of Africa. Attendees filled the room to listen to interesting speeches, eat a delicious dinner and bid on gift baskets for the silent auction.
The event started at 6:00 p.m., where guests checked in and had the option of getting their photo taken by a professional photography service. Each guest was guided to a different table where they could enjoy bread and ice cold lemonade.
“I think that the tables look so nice and the lemonade is so delicious,” said Ariba Hasan, a BenU freshman. The event started off with a welcome from executive board member and junior Ahsan Ahmad. He led everyone through a short presentation of what UNICEF has done this year.
“I was impressed with how much they have accomplished in one year,” mused freshman Sydney Alonzo.
The next speech was given by next year’s president, Enela Aliaj. She gave attendees an idea of what people go through around the world based on how much money they have. Each attendee was divided into a group based upon wealth such as first class, second class and third class. They were told to stand and then enlightened about what different lifestyles are like based on their designated wealth.
“Is it is so sad how some people have so little,” said Nazish Mirza.
Dinner was then served, which consisted of a choice between a vegetable entrée and a dish of chicken in lemon, butter sauce. Dessert got many people excited, as it was a slice of luscious chocolate cake. During dinner, guests enjoyed the piano styling of both Amina Aslam and Philippe Jorrand.
Throughout the event, attendees were encouraged to go up and look at the different gift baskets displayed in the silent auction. At the end of the event, winners were announced.
Finally, the event was wrapped up with a closing by current president and vice-president Thuy-Vu Do and Mickey Quoc Huynh. They graciously thanked attendees, volunteers and board members for their support. To find out more about UNICEF, contact them at email@example.com.