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Benefête

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If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I celebrated my birthday a few weeks ago. For the last two years, I’ve used my birthday to collect donations on behalf of nonprofit organizations I’m passionate about and/or support. This past year, I raised funds on behalf of the National Immigrant Law Center. Having known and supported Dreamers and other immigrants, I wanted to support an organization that is at the forefront of working with affected immigrant populations ensuring that others, just like us, are free to work and learn in this amazing country.

I hosted my Benefête (benefit + fete, which translates to “party” in French) at Spark Social in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. Spark Social, for those of you who haven’t been, is the cutest food park which contains rotating food trucks, lounge areas, and fire pits. I rented a pergola with several swinging adirondak chairs and a fire pit that included an unlimited s'mores bar (#Winning). I purchased some carafes of wine and a cake and I brought some decor from home to give the area a fun, campy feel. We had a fun day and ended up raising over $500 for the National Immigrant Law Center! Below are some of my favorite photos from the day as well as information on the featured products.

What do you do for your birthday? What organization should I raise money for next year? Let me know in the comments below!

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Photo credit: Andrew Ho