Celebrate World Refugee Day with us on Saturday, June 22

Celebrate World Refugee Day with us on Saturday, June 22 Friday, June 20, 2019

Contact Information:

  • Contact:

    Maureen McGuire

  • Address:

    1099 Jay Street, Building J, Rochester, NY 14611

  • Phone:

    (585) 339-9800

  • Email:


2019 Theme: #StepWithRefugees — Take a Step on World Refugee Day

Around the world, June 20 is celebrated as World Refugee Day. Communities, schools, businesses, faith groups and people from all walks of life create events, big and small, to take steps in solidarity with refugees. Agencies including Catholic Family Center and Rochester International Academy have planned an exciting event with activities for children and special music and dance and food from around the world.


Take a #StepWithRefugees and #ROCFORREFUGEES at Rochester International Academy, 1 Edgerton Place, beginning at 11:00am. This event is free and open to the public. There will be entertainment, food, soccer game between East and West Africa, children’s games, henna etc…

Here is the schedule!

  • 11:00-11:30 RIA Student opening - Drummers, Wave the Flag
  • 11:00-3:00 Vendors provide food from around the world
  • 11:00-1:45 Activities for Children
  • 11:30-11:40 Opening Welcome and World Refugee Day Proclamation: La’Ron Singletary, Andy Rau
  • 11:40-12:10 Merwiase (singer) and accompanying drummer (Javad-known as Tab)
  • 12:10-12:40 RIA Dancers & RIA Choir
  • 12:40-1:10 Somali Singer
  • 1:00-3:00 Soccer games
  • 1:10-1:40 Dances from Burma Women’s Group
  • 1:45-2:20 Award Ceremonies; Molly Clifford will read the Rochester City Council’s Proclamation celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month
  • 2:20-2:40 Bhutanese dancer
  • 2:40-3:00 Congolese Dancer

About Catholic Family Center: Catholic Family Center (CFC) is Greater Rochester’s largest provider of comprehensive family services. Each year we assist tens of thousands of our neighbors, relatives and friends as they work to remain or become healthy, productive, participating members of our community. We serve all people—regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, age, ability or gender. Our programs work together to address the many issues of human need across all stages of life.