Area residents can experience a variety of cultures when they get their “Passport to the World” Friday, March 5, at the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees’ annual fundraiser. The event begins at 6 p.m. on the Mohawk Valley Community College campus.
Now in its seventh year, Passport features an ethnic food reception and cultural entertainment, said Alison Swartz, coordinator of public relations and events.
As part of Passport, the Refugee Center has partnered with MVCC to bring the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for a performance at 8 p.m.
“The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is one of the few Asian-American dance companies that are in the United States,” Swartz said. “Their specialty is a mix of traditional and contemporary dance. What’s unique about them is they’ve got these costumes and these props that they incorporate in their dances.”
“It’s really a way for people to g
et out and enjoy a different culture through dance,” said Shelly Callahan, director of programs and services for the center.
The evening also will include a silent auction featuring items provided by locally owned, international businesses, including baskets made by refugees and gift certificates to stores and restaurants owned by refugees.
All proceeds from the event support the programs and services of the MVRCR, which include resettlement services for refugees, health and family services, and multicultural services, including education, training and outreach.
Tickets are $50 and are available by contacting Swartz at 738-1083, ext. 127 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.