Summer Benefit

Many thanks to all of our supporters who rallied for English In Action's Summer Benefit this year! Over 200 guests joined us for music, libations, hors d’oeuvres and a healthy portion of fresh perspective, courtesy of featured speaker Roya Hakakian. Originally from Iran, Ms. Hakakian is the author A Beginner’s Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious and a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NPR’s All Things Considered. Remembering her own experiences as a young immigrant, Ms. Hakakian reminded our audience, with a smile, "The arc of language learning is long, but it bends toward mastery."

We are deeply grateful for our community's ongoing commitment to building a stronger and more vibrant home for everyone here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

As English In Action’s 2022 Summer Benefit speaker, Roya Hakakian joined an exclusive roster of prior keynote talent that includes former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright (2018-2020), The New York Times’ David Sanger (2019), The National Immigration Forum’s Ali Noorani (2020, 2021), and Francisco Cantú (2021). Our benefit this year was dedicated to the memory of former U.S. Secretary of State Albright, whose generosity to English In Action made a lasting and substantial difference to our work to welcome immigrants from all walks of life to our community.