The 22nd Annual Global Gala

It was an incredible night of fun and fundraising on October 15th, 2021 at the National Automobile Museum.

Thank you for an unforgettable evening!

The 2021 Global Gala  was filled with entertainment, art, food, music and conversations that made us more aware of the challenges beyond our country and what we can do right here in Reno to extend a helping hand. We are keeping the words of our refugee youth Bembeleza Juma and keynote speaker Eskinder Negash in our hearts and are resolved to continue our work of helping those more vulnerable than us.

Watch Bembeleza Juma's poem recital

With your support, NNIC raised more than $40,000 at the 2021 event to support its vital programs, engaging the community and supporting the displaced. With your help, we hope to surpass that goal in the Spring of 2023. 

View this year's sponsors

And the winner is...

During the Gala, 58 teams demonstrated their mastery over everything from Mongol invasions to diplomatic relations, answering questions including:

  • Which country exports the most kiwis each year?
  • Which mountain reaches closest to the moon?
  • How many verses are there in the Greek national anthem?

In the end, Truckee Meadows Community College emerged victorious, winning honor and glory! Congratulations! We hope that the game gave our guests a glimpse into the history and culture of our diverse world.

The 22nd Annual Global Gala trivia champions
Team Points Correct answers
TMCC 800 8
The Gregs 700 7
Team Gattusooo Awesome 600 6
The Hills Are Alive 600 6

Event photos

  • Guests being checked into the VIP reception of the Gala.
  • The General Mingling Session of the Gala.
  • Nusra Juma, a refugee from Congo and an inspiration to many, painting live at the Gala. The beautiful piece was auctioned off at the end of the night.
  • 2019 Mandela Washington Fellows James Lutaaya (far right) and Jacob Mwanza (2nd to right) describing the fellowship program to our Gala guests.
  • The amazing efforts of the Northern Nevada International Center would not be possible without these ladies and gentlemen. Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication!
  • Meet Jeremy Tiedt and his wife, Samantha Bickert, from the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business.
  • It was a night of smiles as we welcomed our guests to the Gala.
  • Julian Escutia Rodriguez, the consul of Mexico in Las Vegas, at the Gala. We greatly appreciate his support.
  • From left to right, meet the Office Manager, Executive Director, Finance Manager, and Financial Assistant of the NNIC.
  • The work of the Northern Nevada International Center is amplified by the dedication of our marketing team, the Gattuso Coalition. Thank you so much!
  • The Vice President of the NNIC board, Natha Anderson, presenting a gift to keynote speaker Eskinder Negash after his heartwarming speech.
  • The keynote speaker of the 22nd Annual Global Gala, Eskinder Negash. He is the President and CEO of the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

Thank you to Bill Pearce Motors, our global sponsor!

We are extremely grateful to Sandy Raffealli and the team at Bill Pearce Motors for their enormous support during the 22nd Annual Global Gala. We thank them for their continued support of the Northern Nevada International Center over the years.

Bill Pearce Motors logo

Spotlight sponsors

Grand Sierra Resort logo

Holland & Hart logo

Microsoft logo

Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering logo

Bab Café logo

Friends for Natha Anderson

The NNIC greatly appreciates the support of the Friends for Natha Anderson.

Executive sponsors

Jeff Veasley Management
Jeff Veasley Management logo

Sara and Leonard Lafrance

The NNIC greatly appreciates Sara and Leonard Lafrance's support.

Susan Mazer and Dallas Smith

The NNIC greatly appreciates Susan Mazer and Dallas Smith's support.

Director sponsors

  • Alexis Hill and Matthew Tuma
  • Alison Gaulden
  • Charlotte Flanagan
  • Eide Bailly
  • Erika Lamb, Northern Nevada Realtors
  • GATTUSO Coalition
  • Greg Evangelatos
  • Gretchen and Mike Hendi
  • Jeff Kirst
  • Jill Derby
  • Jim Van Winkle
  • John Brownell
  • Kristine Flynn
  • Larry Struve
  • MacDougall Productions
  • Mark Venner
  • McDonald Carrano
  • McQueen High School
  • Nicole Willis-Grimes
  • Ormat
  • Rebecca Gasca
  • Renown Health
  • Sarah Peters, NV Assemblywoman
  • TMCC
  • University of Nevada, Reno College of Science
  • USAC
  • Valerie Cooke
  • Victoria Hudgins
  • Washoe Education Association & Nevada State Education Association
  • Zoe Caldwell