Countdown to Soirée For Sudan 2020

the latest updates from the planning committee

Posted by Soirée For Sudan Planning Committee on January 13th, 2020

Hi supporters! 

Below you can find the latest updates for Soirée For Sudan on March 28, 2020 at the Memphis Grand Carousel. If you have questions or ideas for the evening, please reach out to us at concierge [at] operationbrokensilence [dot] org


Sara James, Ragaa Kunda, Faith Pool, Sarah Roberts, Emilie Rogers, Samantha Stack, Melody and Taylor Tartera, and Ed Waugh

The 2020 Soirée For Sudan Planning Committee

January 15, 2020

Time to welcome two more sponsors! Meet Snapdragon Floral and Glo Medical Aesthetics & Hair Spa. Be sure to check them both out! Huge thanks for helping to make this year's event possible. 

January 13, 2020

Welcome to 2020! Here's the latest news about March 28:

We have a new team member! Ragaa Kunda joins the Soirée For Sudan committee as our 9th member. She's super smart, crazy talented, and from Sudan. We're so glad you are part of our team Ragaa! 

The core components of March 28 are planned out. Now it's all about the nitty gritty details and implementing our plans. Right now, we're locking down more event sponsors and exploring event decor. We have a lot of work ahead, but this is shaping up to be our best year yet. 

Silent Disco is coming back due to popular demand! You'll be able to dance the night away in a more private area this year. We'll have some extra headsets and extra space for you as well!

We mentioned in November that there will be more ways to learn about Sudan and our work there. One way will be a virtual reality film screening! You'll be able to strap on a headset and get a sense of what life is like in one of Sudan's war zones for a few minutes. If you've never experienced VR before, this is a great chance to take it for a test run and learn about Sudan. 

Finally, the first ticketing deadline has passed. The good news is that there are still two early registration levels left! Right now, you can register as an individual for $40 or as a couple for $70. Ticket prices will go up again when 40 of these tickets are purchased or at the end of January. Reading these updates also has perks. If you haven't registered yet, use promo code IREADSTUFF for an extra 10% off :)

A big shoutout to the 49 of you who have already registered for Soirée For Sudan! Our supporters are registering 40% faster than last year. That means more support sooner for the 24 teachers and nearly 1,200 students at the Endure Primary and Renewal High Schools in Yida Refuge Camp!

December 1, 2019

Our first sponsors have arrived! Shoutout to Silent Events, Vera Bradley, Gold and Diamond InternationalPettigrew Adventures, Pavo Salon, and Whitney Winkler Art for helping to make the evening possible. 

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November 4, 2019

There are a few big changes coming to the 2020 event! All of these come from feedback from our 2019 guests:

Cocktails are replacing beer tasters. 

We introduced themed cocktails in 2019. Interest in beer tasting plummeted as a result. Fewer than half of all attendees even accepted a tasting glass at the door. Hence our evening's name change. We'll still have kegs for the beer lovers though!

New layout. 

2019 was our first year in the Memphis Grand Carousel. We learned a lot, and you gave us great feedback on how we can improve the layout and flow of the entire space. Giving and fundraising booths will all be in the same area and two mobile bars are being added to cut down on wait times at the main bar. There will be slightly less table seating so everyone can move around more easily. We're also adding giant checkers to the list of games available!

More Sudan! 

Throughout the evening, you'll have more opportunities than ever before to learn about Sudan and our mission there. We're exploring the possibility of doing a VR film instead of a traditional film screening and there will be more information throughout the space about why we do what we do. 

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October 7, 2019

As requested by guests from the 2019 event, we have improved ticket prices for 2020! There will be multiple and extended earlybird options leading up to general registration, ticket prices are roughly 50% less than last year, and a VIP section has been added:

Now - December 31, 2019

  • $28 Announcement Tickets
  • Free Entry via $100 Fundraising Page
  • $125 VIP Registration

January 1 - January 31, 2020

  • $40 Pre-Sale Registration
  • $70 Discounted Couples Pre-Sale Registration
  • Free Entry via $100 Fundraising Page
  • $125 VIP Registration

February 1 - March 21, 2020

  • $50 Earlybird Registration
  • $90 Discounted Couples Earlybird Registration
  • Free Entry via $100 Fundraising Page
  • $125 VIP Registration

March 22 - March 27, 2020

  • $65 General Registration
  • $120 Discounted Couples General Registration
  • $125 VIP Registration

September 28, 2019

Big changes are underway for our biggest event of the year, including the evening's name. Say farewell to Good People Good Beer. Say hello to Soirée For Sudan! And the first 28 tickets are only $28! 

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The people of Sudan are overcoming two of the greatest challenges facing humanity today: war and genocide. Operation Broken Silence is accelerating their ability to generate lasting change through storytelling and movement-building, education and emergency relief, and grassroots advocacy programs

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