Saturday, April 17th, 2021



6:30pm-8:30pm CST
7:30pm-9:30pm EST
4:30pm-6:30pm PST



Zoom! Join virtually from the comfort of your home.


Welcome from GCV Board Chair, Luis Versailles

A Word from the Co-Leadership Team

Live Auction

Book Trailer

Entertainment by Stand-up Comedian, Ali Sultan

Fund the Need

1-Hour Story Stitch Break-out Groups*

Raising Immigrant Voices Award

LIVE Stand Up Comedy Performance by Ali Sultan

Ali Sultan saw his first stand up comedian when he moved to America from Yemen at the age of 15. He grew the desire to go on stage but first he needed to learn English.

Ali is the first professional Yemeni American comedian to be featured on Television when Kevin Hart hand picked him to perform on Comedy Central’s Hart of The City. In 2018 he was flown to Dubai to film a Half Hour Special for Comedy Central Arabia. He was named both Best Local Comic and artist of the year by City Pages. He represented Minnesota and won the Best in The Midwest competition at Gildas LaughFest. His album happy to be here debuted at #2 on iTunes and can heard on iTunes, Spotify, Xm and Pandora. When Ali isn’t telling jokes Ali enjoys doing a podcast where he reviews movies we grew up watching to see if they aged well!

*The Gala Story Stitch Circles—Meet a Superhero!

Each Circle will:
 • be an intimate group of 8 people
 • include one of the 25 authors/illustrators from Our Stories Carried Us Here!
 • be facilitated by a Certified Story Stitch Facilitator

Do you want to chat with the Minneapolis-based storyteller Zaynab Abdi about what it’s like to speak at the United Nations?

Want to ask national book award winner, Nate Powell, what inspired him to become a graphic illustrator?

Curious about what it’s like to apply and be chosen for an “Einstein Visa”? Silicon-Valley-based storyteller, Dr. Craig Moodie, can fill you in on his experience.

These are just a few of the amazing people you can meet when you stay for the Gala Story Stitch Circles!