Say Hello To Your Soirée For Sudan 2020 Committee!

Posted by OBS Team on September 27th, 2019

Meet the incredible team behind Soirée For Sudan 2020! As you’ll soon see, they’re a pretty fun group. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, the impact they are having will be felt throughout the planning experience and into the big evening.

Sara James

Where are you originally from? 

Columbia, TN

What do you do?

I am a second year law student at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

What do you like most about being on the Soirée For Sudan committee?

I love being able to meet and work with other fellow Memphians I otherwise may have never encountered to create by FAR one of the most exciting and worthwhile events of the year. Everyone on the committee is so engaged and enthusiastic about Soirée for Sudan and Operation Broken Silence's mission that it fosters such a collaborative and welcoming environment. Though OBS is creating a global movement, there is no denying that it is truly a family.

What do you like most about Operation Broken Silence and our culture?

I love how with everything Operation Broken Silence does, whether it be through fundraising efforts, grassroots activism, and documentary storytelling, it is through the lens of empowerment. OBS never acts upon the belief that “we know best.” Instead, OBS works directly with-on-ground Sudanese changemakers to seek sustainable, long-term change in the way that our Sudanese brothers and sisters deem fit. The culture harbors such intentionality and sincerity among its staff and volunteers. Everyone that I have met affiliated with OBS is so dedicated and personally invested in the mission that it makes it nearly impossible not to want to become involved too.

Faith Pool

Where are you originally from? 

Southaven, MS

What do you do?

I'm in marketing!

What do you like most about being on the Soirée For Sudan committee?

Meeting people and helping raise money for a good cause that makes me feel like I am making an impact.

Sarah Roberts

Where are you originally from? 

Memphis, TN

What do you do?

I’m currently in marketing and soon to be in real estate!

What do you like most about being on the Soirée For Sudan committee?

I’m excited to work with OBS again now that I’m back in Memphis! This event is amazing and I’m happy I can contribute.

What do you like most about Operation Broken Silence and our culture?

I love the mission and being able to see the impact OBS has had on the people and children of Sudan over the years. My friendship with the staff made it natural to want to be involved because they’re smart, caring, and know what they’re doing!

Emilie Rogers

Where are you originally from? 

Kansas City, MO

What do you do?

I'm a librarian!

What do you like most about being on the Soirée For Sudan committee?

I love planning parties in general, so planning a giant one is the most fun!

What do you like most about Operation Broken Silence and our culture?

The people and their passion for the work.

Samantha Stack

Where are you originally from? 

Charleston, MO

What do you do?

I'm in marketing!

What do you like most about being on the Soirée For Sudan committee?

Watching everything come together the day of the event and getting to work with the other committee members throughout the year. Everyone on the committee brings a unique perspective and new ideas to the table. I love seeing how a years worth of collaborating and throwing ideas around turns into a successful event.

What do you like most about Operation Broken Silence and our culture?

That we know what the priorities of OBS are, how we are working towards them, and what else can be done to help reach them. I also like the newsletter, so much of what is going on in the Sudan isn't something that is covered in the news and it gives us an in-depth look of what is going on from day-to-day.

Melody Tartera

Where are you originally from?

Memphis, TN

What do you do?

I'm a K-2 Instructional Coach! 

What do you like most about being on the Soirée For Sudan committee?

The opportunity to use my creative lens while giving back to a wonderful cause.

What do you like most about Operation Broken Silence and our culture?

The hope that being involved with the work that benefits Sudan, I can grow and cultivate a strong sense of community with like minded people who embody servant leadership.

Taylor Tartera

 

Ed Waugh

Where are you originally from? 

Memphis, TN

What do you do?

I'm an attorney. 

What do you like most about being on the Soirée For Sudan committee?

The satisfaction of those times we're able to make a few dollars have a disproportionately strong impact on this event. In turn, this makes more of every dollar we raise go directly towards changing lives in a way that we in the United States often have difficulty grasping.

What do you like most about Operation Broken Silence and our culture?

Commitment, both to the mission and to making fun of Mark's (our Executive Director) beer snobbery.

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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 by funding storytelling and movement-building, education and emergency response, and grassroots advocacy programs. Here are a few ways you can join us:

1. Register For Soirée For Sudan! This is our biggest event of the year and you dont want to miss it. This year's tickets are the best yet, and your participation empowers the 24 teachers and 1,100 students at the schools in Yida Refugee Camp. REGISTER HERE »

2. Can't Attend? Help us reach our goal! If you can't make it to this year's event, we encourage you to make a donation toward our $35,000 goal. GIVE HERE »

3. Join Facebook Event Page. Help us spread the word about our big night by joining the Facebook event page and inviting your friends to it. JOIN HERE »

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