The Unitarian Universalists United Nations Office held its third Annual Fall Fundraiser on November 5th, 2014, at the Fourth Unitarian Universalist Society. An enchanting architectural structure located in the Upper West Side of NYC, with a Central Park view and a rustic feeling. Upon entering the beautifully lit 4th U in the heart of New York City, guests were greeted with subtle hues of orange and green, candle-lit tables, the soft melody of a grand piano, and high-rising, angular arches coalescing into the lofty ceiling looming above. The event honored Reverend Terry Sweetser for his efforts and accomplishments within UU communities, along with his support of the varying human rights issues targeted by UU-UNO. He highlighted the importance of supporting our young people and congratulated them on their lifelong UU (or “cradle UU”) status. The applause was strong and supportive for the two young ladies he invited to stand – “this is why we do this” – he said, the important work of supporting our young UU’s and their passion for putting their faith in action. The auction table connected guests to countries and cultures both near and far, and lucky bidders took home an array of international treasures such as a Chinese opera purse, an Indian Shalwar Kameez dress, a Rwandan woven platter, and an antique Boy Scout adventure kit. Above all, this event gave guests a chance to connect with each other – making new friends, greeting old ones, and sharing a glass of wine with the shared appreciation for global citizenship and the work of the UU-UNO. The attendees represented a wide variety of demographics and backgrounds of selfless innovators, philanthropists, and believers of human rights, all coming together in appreciation and support of one goal - global justice. It was an awe-inspiring picture of solidarity for our office’s tireless endeavor in pursuit of global social justice and human rights. “Guests came together in spirit, transcending race, gender, ethnicity, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation, to celebrate the golden thread of harmony sewn into the fabric of our humanity.” -Omair, UU-UNO Intern “Young or aged, gay or straight, UU or not, we are all part of the inter-connected web of life. We are not alone because we all have love for the world.” -Danning, UU-UNO Intern “The space was transformed and given an enchanting autumn glow. The happiness and love of the participants filled the space with warmth.” -Kamila, UU-UNO Envoy Coordinator “It was an overwhelming feeling to be a part of this great organization’s event, and to be graced with the pleasure of the company of so many selfless humanitarians.” -Nazli, UU-UNO Intern “My biggest take-away is that UU-UNO, while a small office of 3 staff and 8 interns, is much bigger than it appears. I am proud to be part of this organization and of the support that we continue to amass.” -Ray- UU-UNO Intern [gallery type="rectangular" ids="7005,7004,7003,7002,7001,7000"] “It was outstanding to see the turnout and environment of an event that we had all been working so hard to design and execute. As one of the intern’s in charge of publicity, it was my absolutely pleasure to be an event photographer for the evening.” -Brie, UU-UNO Intern “The 2014 UU-UNO Fall Fundraiser encouraged us all to acknowledge and appreciate the interconnected web of life – and this theme was present throughout the evening.” -Allison, UU-UNO Volunteer “During the fundraiser, it was great to see that guests had fun in mingling, taking photos with friends, taking look at silent auction items and involving in the live auction, which made our efforts worth.” -Meng, UU-UNO Intern “The house shined brightly for the ingathering of nature and human nature in body and spirit. The theme of both focused on the positive force we generate when binding together for change we want to see in our communities. The words “in support of one another” echoed throughout the night.” -Lenka, UU-UNO Intern "Our annual fundraiser is one of my favorite times of the year. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate our work with the UU-UNO family." -Nickie, Office and Intern Coordinator For more pictures of the UU-UNO Fall Fundraiser 2014 please visit our Facebook album and Flickr album.