International Rescue Committee Annual Gala helps to support organization’s displaced refugees program.

sesayThe International Rescue Committee (IRC) will hold its annual Freedom Fête Gala in Atlanta on Saturday, September 11 at the Nelson Mullins building in Atlantic Station. Isha Sesay, CNN International anchor and host of ‘Inside Africa’ will be the Mistress of Ceremonies for this formal event which will begin at 7 pm and last until 10 pm. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Courage,” a fitting tribute as IRC marks the milestone of resettling 20,000th refugee since IRC Atlanta opened its doors in 1979.  

Those in attendance will get to enjoy international cuisine, musical entertainment and spectacular views from Nelson Mullins’ penthouse terrace.  There will be a silent auction as well as an out of the ordinary live auction presided over by comedian and actor Rob Cleveland.  This one-of-a-kind gala event will culminate with a spoken program that evening.

During the auction, guests will be able to bid on vacation stays in Argentina and Jekyll Island, a plane ride in an open-air cockpit, a private African dinner for 8 and more. Sponsors for this IRC Annual Atlanta Freedom Fête Gala include Majestic Properties, Nelson Mullins and Southern Nights Mattress Company.

Attendance to this event supports IRC Atlanta's work to help refugees rebuild their lives in freedom and dignity. Reservations are $100 and business sponsorships start at $500. For more information contact Kimberly Fulghum at 678-636-8929 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About IRC

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is an organization that responds to some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises in order to help people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.  At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.  With the motto ‘We lead refugees from harm to home,’ the IRC has been going to crisis zones to rescue and rebuild since its inception.  The Forbes Investment Guide has named the IRC one of 10 Gold Star Charities.  To learn more, visit

About Isha Sesay

Isha Sesay is a British-born journalist of Sierra Leonean parentage, who has been an anchor for CNN International since 2005. The former UK newsreader for Sky Sports News and Independant Television News (ITN), moved to Sierra Leone with her family when she was seven years old. At the age of 16 she returned to the UK, and was accepted into Trinity College, Cambridge, where she got a BA in English with honors. As part of her anchoring and reporting duties, Sesay has interviewed a number of world leaders including Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga; President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal; and President Lech Kaczynski of Poland. A seasoned journalist, Sesay has covered numerous breaking news and world news events including Zimbabwe’s disputed 2008 election, the Russia-Georgia conflict, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the kidnapping of British toddler Margaret Hill in the Niger Delta.



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