2023 Karibu

The 2023 Karibu Cultural Celebration was held on Saturday, October 21 at The University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum of Art. The event was attended by more than 185 community members and raised over $27,000 to support the CVOEO Asylum Seekers Assistance Program, which provides asylees with emergency funds to purchase essential items, including personal hygiene supplies, diapers, food, and medicine.

The evening also featured the Crystal Family New Hope Award Presentation Ceremony, honoring the 2023 winners, Lorena Neironi Rossi and Jeetan Khadka. Through the generous support of the Crystal Family, the New Hope Award was established in 2017 to recognize two New Americans for their contributions, accomplishments, and potential within the community. Each recipient of the award receives a $1,000 gift.

Special thanks to our 2023 sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors: M&T Bank | Mutual of America

Runway Sponsors: NorthCountry Federal Credit Union | UVM Health Network/Medical Center

Vogue Sponsors: Mascoma Bank | NFP Property & Casualty Services, Inc.

Trendsetter Sponsors: Adams Real Estate/Independent Block, LLC | Akwaaba Community Collective | The Alchemist | Chroma Optics | City Market | Community Bank | Downs Rachlin Martin | Hallam ICS | Kris Luce Allstate | National Life | Opportunities Credit Union

Special thanks to our Venue Partner, the University of Vermont Fleming Museum of Art.