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, volunteer and partner recognition, and powerful artistic storytelling as we unveil this year’s Virtual Soulfire Gallery. You’ll hear from our CoDirectors 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. This year, Soulfire will be a virtual show of survivor submitted stories and images similar to Humans of New York as well as a central art piece weaving these narratives together created by local BIPOC artist Ana Holguin.
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 Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Where is Soulfire held?
Soulfire will be held online.
What about accessibility?
The Firecracker Foundation always has ASL and closed captioning for online events that we hold or participate in.
Captions will be used for all video content.
Art descriptions will be available both in audio and visual formats.
What should I wear?
Even though we’ll be online, you can bet that we’ll be dressed in as many sparkles as we can fit on our bodies. You are more than welcome to get festive with us, however, we love you however you show up.
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” written in the memo.
Can I buy tickets or donate 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” 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.
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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 us at 517-742-7224 or email us 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 us for more information today! You can reach us at 517-742-7224 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you more information about the various sponsorship opportunities and levels available. You can also find more information on the “Soulfire Sponsorship Opportunities” tab on this website.
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.
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.
What if I want to buy the Soulfire art from past galleries?
First of all, that’s awesome. Thank you!
You can find amazing art from past Soulfire galleries in the shop on this website.
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 attend the event.
What if I am triggered at the event?
Your self-care is important. If you are a survivor who is unsure about attending the event, please consider talking to your therapist or support person(s) to create a safety plan for the evening. This could include preparing for the event, having a plan for recognizing triggers, and checking in afterward.
If you are in crisis or need further support, please call one of the 24-hour hotlines below:
- Michigan State University Center for Survivors
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK (8255)
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network)
(800) 656-HOPE (4673)
online hotline: hotline.rainn.org/
- Statewide Sexual Assault Hotline
(855) VOICES4 (855-864-2374)
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 delays or other problems that could affect the event?
If you input accurate contact details when you purchase your tickets, we’ll 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!