Soulfire Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Soulfire Gala?
The Soulfire Gala is The Firecracker Foundation’s signature event and fundraiser. It is your opportunity to gather with other donors, activists, volunteers, local politicians, service providers, and community members to celebrate the healing we’ve sparked for children and families impacted by sexual violence.
What happens at the event?
There will be spellbinding performances, upbeat music, delicious food, volunteer and partner recognition, and powerful artistic storytelling as we unveil this year’s Soulfire Gallery. You’ll hear from our founder and executive director and learn more about how you can become an active member of a community working to end child sexual trauma.
What is the Soulfire Gallery?
Soulfire is a community awareness project that shares the diversity of survivor experiences through artistic expression. The Soulfire collection travels to area galleries, it gathers more than 300 community members together for events, has a consistent social media presence, and is expanding every year. This year, we anticipate an even larger audience as we open a 2-day gallery directly following the Soulfire Gala that will be donation-based and open to the public.
When is Soulfire?
The Soulfire experience is two-fold. The Soulfire Gala is the opening of the gallery and the celebration of the work of The Firecracker Foundation.
The Soulfire Gala will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
The Soulfire Gallery will be open on Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, November 17, 2019, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where is Soulfire held?
Soulfire will be held at the Lansing Public Media Center which is located at 2500 S. Washington Ave. Lansing, MI 48910.
How much are tickets?
Tickets are $50 before Oct. 1, $75 if purchased before Nov. 1, and $100 at the door.
What about accessibility?
The Lansing Public Media Center is ADA Compliant. There are automatic doors at both entries and an elevator for attendees to use. Bathrooms will be designated as gender-neutral for the entirety of the event.
Microphones will be used from the stage and captions will be used for all video content.
Parking is free and plentiful. Accessible parking and drop off will be at the front entrance.
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided, the art descriptions will be brailed, and large-print materials will be made available.
There will be reserved tables at the front of the room for folx who need seating to enjoy the evening comfortably and for those who need access to interpreters.
There will be water bowls and comfy spots located around the room for service animals and there is plenty of grassy space outside for pets to go to the bathroom. Please be aware that there will be therapy dogs onsite during this event.
Will the food offering include gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options?
Food will be provided by Picnic Food Truck and there will be gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. A list of ingredients will be available onsite for attendees looking to avoid other allergens.
Will there be a quiet space for me if I feel overwhelmed?
There will be a self-care space available to everyone in attendance. It will be in a well-lit room with comfortable seating. It will be stocked with comfort items like essential oils, coloring books and crayons, meditation cushions, crystals, and blankets. This room will also be attended by crisis intervention counselors and a therapy dog or two.
This will not be a scent-free space.
What should I wear?
The dress for this event is cocktail or business casual attire. However, we love you how ever you show up.
Will there be alcohol at the event?
Unfortunately, the City of Lansing doesn’t allow alcohol at the Lansing Public Media Center. We will have delicious signature mocktails waiting for you.
What types of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards. Checks can be made payable to The Firecracker Foundation with “Soulfire Tickets” written in the memo.
Can I buy tickets offline? How?
Absolutely! You can mail a check made payable to The Firecracker Foundation to 2450 Delhi Commerce Dr. Ste. 9 Holt, MI 48842. You can also call our offices at 517-742-7224 and we can process your credit card over the phone. Please be sure to include “Soulfire Tickets” in the memo line of any checks mailed to the office.
What if I just want to make a donation?
Your generosity is so appreciated and there are several ways you can contribute to sustain the important work of The Firecracker Foundation.
At the Soulfire Gala every year, we have a goal of increasing the number of monthly donors pledged by the end of the event. You can join the Firekeepers and First Responders by selecting the recurring gift option when making your donation.
You can mail a check made payable to The Firecracker Foundation to 2450 Delhi Commerce Dr. Ste. 9 Holt, MI 48842. You can also call our offices at 517-742-7224 and we can process your credit card over the phone.
If you have any questions or concerns related to donations, call Erica Dziedzic, our Donor Relations Coordinator at 517-742-7224 or email her at email@example.com.
Is it too late to sponsor the event?
It is never too late to contribute to making Soulfire a success. Contact Erica Dziedzic, our Donor Relations Coordinator for more information today! You can reach her at 517-742-7224 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What fees and taxes will I be charged?
There are no fees or taxes charged for tickets purchased by checks or cash. A fee of 3% is charged for all credit card transactions.
How will I get my tickets if I buy them online?
This is a paperless event. Once you purchase your tickets, your name will be automatically added to our registration list. All you’ll have to do is show up, check-in, and go to the gala.
Are tickets available at the door?
Although we plan to have tickets available at the door, we do anticipate that the Soulfire Gala will sell out this year so please get yours early.
What if I want to buy tickets for friends?
Just add their names to your ticket purchase and they’ll be added to the list too. If you don’t know who you’ll be bringing, that’s okay! We’ll hold the tickets under your name and you can introduce us to your friends and family at the gala.
What if I can’t afford a ticket?
If the cost of attending this event is a financial hardship, please send an email to email@example.com or call 517-742-7224 for complimentary tickets.
Do you offer refunds?
The proceeds of ticket sales fund the holistic healing services we offer at The Firecracker Foundation. Any unclaimed ticket costs will be considered donations and will not be refunded. If the event is canceled or postponed, your tickets will be transferred to the new event date.
What if the event is canceled or postponed?
If you include accurate contact information when you purchase your tickets, we will send you an email if the event is canceled, postponed, or changes in a way that will impact your enjoyment of the festivities.
Can I put tickets on hold?
Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The only way to put tickets on hold is to purchase them.
What if I want to buy the Soulfire art?
First of all, that’s awesome. Thank you!
In order to honor the experience of the survivors and artists involved, the Soulfire art will not be for sale at the event. You can talk to our Gallery Host about being notified when pieces of the gallery are priced and available for purchase.
Are children welcome at the Soulfire Gala?
As a youth-serving organization, we recognize the benefit for some teens to be in a positive and supportive space where they can be in community with other survivors and their narratives. However, the art gallery and the evening’s conversations could be overwhelming and triggering for survivors of all ages.
We ask that parents use discretion when deciding whether their teen should be at the event.
What if I am triggered at the event?
Visit our self-care space to talk to a crisis intervention advocate. They are there to listen, support, and if helpful, share resources to help you after the event.
If you don’t feel comfortable staying onsite for support, we recommend that you call one of the hotlines below:
- 24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-855-VOICES4
- Michigan State University Sexual Assault Program: 24 Hour Crisis Line (517) 355-3551
- MSU Sexual Assault Program Crisis Chat: http://endrape.msu.edu/crisis-chat/
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network): 24 hour crisis line (800)656-HOPE (4673)
- or use the online hotline at https://ohl.rainn.org/online/
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24 hour Emergency Service 1(800)273-TALK (8255)
We also recommend that if you are a survivor who is unsure about attending the event consider talking to your therapist or support person(s) to create a safety plan for the evening. This could include prepping for the event, having a plan for signaling triggers, helping you get to the self-care room or home, and checking in afterward.
What does general admission mean?
General admission gives ticket holders access to Soulfire Gala and entry to the Soulfire Gallery for the entirety of the evening.
What time do the doors open?
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Come early to hang up your coat, take a photo before our Step & Repeat Banner, grab some merch, and get settled for your welcome.
Is my general admission ticket good for the Soulfire Gallery over the weekend?
Yes but you won’t need it. We wanted the gallery to be as accessible as possible to the community. That’s why the Soulfire Gallery on Saturday and Sunday, November 16 – 17, 2019, is a donation-based event that is open to the public.
Can I take photos?
We’d love for you to share photos of the event and the gallery with your friends and loved ones on social media. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #SoulfireGala2019 so we can follow along!
We have one simple but important request.
Please don’t tag anyone at the event without their express consent and permission. Not every survivor involved with the gallery has disclosed their experiences to everyone in their lives. Even if you know the survivor personally, ask before tagging them. Outing someone, in any way, can be incredibly harmful and have serious consequences.
As a member of the wider foundation community, we ask that you commit to creating a space of care for the Soulfire survivors as we do for all survivors.
Is there a way for me to get updates as the event gets closer as well as on the day of the event in case there are weather or traffic delays or other problems that could affect the event?
If you input accurate contact details when you purchase your tickets, we will contact you if anything about the event changes in a way that will impact your access and enjoyment. You may also want to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter just in case!