Thank You to Our Community

Beautiful centerpieces donated by Flowers on 15th

Beautiful centerpieces donated by Flowers on 15th

This year’s Blue Marble Bash, FIUTS’ annual fundraising event, was a huge success thanks to so many of our generous supporters. We had an incredible evening with a silent auction filled with beautiful cultural items and exciting local and global experiences; a delicious dinner and dessert; and an inspiring program of student speakers who gave insight into how FIUTS has impacted their lives (keep an eye on the blog during the next couple weeks for full text and video of their speeches).

Amazing sushi cake donation from O’ Sweet Cakes

Amazing sushi cake donation from O’ Sweet Cakes

We’d like to thank the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for sponsoring a table at this event every year. We would also like to thank all the incredible sponsors and in-kind donors who made the event possible, including Flowers on 15th, O’ Sweet Cakes, and Studio 5 Design. Thanks as well to our table captains: Northeastern University, Charlotte Rasmussen, Garbo Chan, Rob Lang, Michelle Primley Benton, Jesse Swingle, Mason Wiley, Nina Huang, Rich Millies, Ricardo Ibarra, Tamara Leonard, and Kelsey Kaul.

And finally, thank you to everyone who joined us and contributed so generously to support our mission. Because of you, we raised more than $20,000 during the event, which will go towards preparing the next generation of compassionate, courageous global leaders.

Thank you for standing up to support international students, a vibrant and diverse community, and a more optimistic and inclusive world. We hope to see you at next year’s Blue Marble Bash!

Enjoying the silent auction and reception before dinner

Enjoying the silent auction and reception before dinner

Francis, a student Table Ambassador, talks with his table group

Francis, a student Table Ambassador, talks with his table group

Guests listen to Nadine, one of the three student speakers, share her story during dinner

Guests listen to Nadine, one of the three student speakers, share her story during dinner

Ellen Frierson