Student Gala at SLU Raises Money For Syrian Refugees

Student Gala at SLU Raises Money For Syrian Refugees

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Raising money for the children of Syrian refugees, St. Lawrence University students threw a benefit gala Friday night.

For organizer Sahar Delawar, it's a cause that hits close to home. She's Afghan-American and came to the U.S. as a refugee in 2003.

"I really wanna see these Syrian kids flourish, because I know that they can succeed in this country," Delawar said. "They can educate themselves, they can get a college degree, and they can be Syrian-Americans."

Students in the Euphrates Institute and the Islamic Culture Club partnered to host the gala. About 100 people attended, each paying ten dollars. That money is being added to money being raised through GoFundMe.

It will all go to Syrian children attending an elementary school in Syracuse.

Iram Amin, president of Islamic Culture Club said, "Education is one thing that no one can take away from you. And I think providing them resources is a good way to help them."

Organizers said aside from raising money, the gala is meant to inform people about refugees, and promote the idea that helping victims of war can be done locally.

"As a community, as St. Lawrence University, we feel that it's very necessary in times of need to show others that we are here for them," Amaya Lopez-Silvero, Euphrates Institute SLU co-chapter leader said.

Organizers said around 5,000 Syrian refugees are living in Syracuse, most of them, women and children.

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