Sixteen performers took to the stage this month before a crowd of about 150 people in support of House Of Dreams, a Calgary non-profit organization raising money for construction of an orphanage in Pakistan.
“The performances all leave you pondering in your thoughts, and definitely left you wanting more,” said Jomana Sleiman, who performed at the Nov. 13 open mic night.
The event, which was held at the Whitehorn Community Centre, raised approximately $5,000, and performances ranged from spoken poetry and speeches to stand-up comedy.
A GoFundMe page was set up to collect donations for the orphanage, and participants at the event were also given the opportunity to donate and fill out pledge forms.
“I really appreciated the united vibe,” Sleiman said.
The construction budget for the orphanage is $33,160, and prior to the open microphone event, House Of Dreams had already raised over $23,000.
House Of Dreams was formed in late 2014 by a group of young Calgarians with a vision of changing the world.
“House of Dreams is really a result of a few people who were passionate about helping orphans,” said Walaa Taha, an executive member of House Of Dreams.
“The core team does a lot to plan and execute the events and raise the money, but there are also a lot of friends and wonderful volunteers who get involved and help us pull off the events successfully.”
The performances all leave you pondering in your thoughts, and definitely left you wanting more – Jomana Sleiman
A moment of silence was held during the event in honour of the attacks that had occurred in Paris that day.