Your Thanks: Community Asylum Seekers Project

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Editor of the Reformer,

On Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Colonel Williams Inn in Marlboro, 50 Community Asylum Seekers Project (CASP) supporters enjoyed delicious hors d'oeuvres, time to connect, and a performance of "99 Facts About an Immigrant" by Austin-based performance artist, Leng Wong.

Thank you to those who attended and to Leng for her moving performance. "99 Facts About an Immigrant" focused on the very specific — the details of personal experience that make us human and connect us with each other. CASP guests, who are seeking asylum, come to Vermont with their particular histories, hopes, and dreams. Leng invited us to connect with these and go beyond the news headlines of chaos in their home countries and mistreatment at the U.S. border.

This event would not have been possible without the generosity of Victoria and Brian Osborne, owners of the Colonel Williams Inn. The Osbornes left Austin, Texas and bought the Inn three years ago. Victoria brought experience planning events and a deep commitment to supporting causes such as CASP. Thank you, Victoria and Brian.

The event raised significant funds for CASP and will enable us to invite more guests who are seeking asylum to southern Vermont.

Francie Marbury

Marlboro, Oct. 22

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