Saheli Postpones Upcoming 25th Anniversary Celebration “The Art Affair” Due to Rising COVID Cases in Massachusetts

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BURLINGTON– Saheli Boston, which provides personalized, culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed support to South Asian survivors of domestic violence and their families, announced that it is postponing its upcoming 25th anniversary celebration “The Art Affair” fundraising event that was scheduled for Dec. 5 at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA.

Neelam Wali

“Saheli Board regrets to inform you of the postponement of Saheli’s upcoming event ‘The Art Affair scheduled for December 5th at 3.00 pm. Information about the new date will be forthcoming,” Saheli President Neelam Wali said in a statement. “For Saheli, the safety and well-being of the community is very important. The increase in Covid-19 cases in Massachusetts and the uncertainties around the emerging variants of the pandemic has led us to make the decision to postpone the Dec 5th Art Affair event.”

The statement said that the postponement of the event was also due to many calls/concerns from the public and ticket holders about the safety and health risks of holding an indoor event with a large number of people, in light of the new variant, which has prompted travel bans  and other such precautionary measures.

“As you may be aware, The Art Affair event was going to be our largest fundraiser to support critical services to survivors of domestic violence. The fact that you bought tickets for this event, shows your commitment to our mission and Saheli’s work,” the statement said. “We apologize for any inconvenience to you and we hope that you will continue to support Saheli and its mission to keep survivors and their children safe and healthy.”

Those who have purchased the tickets will get a refund. For refund requests, please send an email to divya.chaturvedi@saheliboston.org. Please feel free to email Neelam Wali at neelam@saheliboston.org, or Ruchika Yadav at ruchika@saheliboston.org with any questions or concerns.

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