Tapestry Farms to host Spring Fling benefit

Tapestry Farms, an urban farm organization, will present a Spring Fling benefit celebration from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.

The Spring Fling will feature food, drinks, live music, a silent auction, a special guest speaker from Burundi and more.

“We are so excited to gather in love and support of Tapestry Farms and the work that we do,” said Ann McGlynn, the founder and executive director of Tapestry Farms. “The evening will be a joyful celebration. We look forward to a great time, all the while raising funds to invest in refugees in the Quad Cities community as they build their lives in our wonderful community.”

The event’s guest speaker will be Fidele Muragara who will share his story with Tapestry Farms supporters. He moved to the United States in 2017. 

Born in a refugee camp in Burundi, his family is from Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Mr. Muragara learned English quickly — one of five languages he speaks — and graduated from Davenport West High School. He now is a student at St. Ambrose University, majoring in industrial engineering and finance. His family includes his mom and six siblings.

Tapestry Farms, a nonprofit based in Davenport, assists refugees and their families as they rebuild their lives in the Quad Cities with meaningful work, quality education and childcare, a safe and affordable home, medical and mental health care, citizenship, and a caring community. Tapestry Farms operates an urban farm system that honors the skills and talents of refugees while growing fresh vegetables to minimize the effects of food deserts on marginalized communities in the Quad Cities.

Over the past seven years, Tapestry Farms has served hundreds of refugees, 30 of whom are now citizens of the United States. 

Tickets range from $60 to $100 each. Go here to buy tickets to the Spring Fling. 

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