This past Saturday, our own Elias Kasongo was the keynote speaker at RefugeeOne’s Annual Many Voices, One Vision Gala to help raise money for refugee support. RefugeeOne is a resettlement agency that provides assistance to incoming refugees as they begin a new life in the U.S. Elias told the audience of his journey, fleeing from his home country of Zaire to Zambia in 1990 before coming to the United States four years later. He quickly found work at Eli’s Cheesecake as a member of the cleaning crew and moved through the ranks over 19 years to become a Senior Buyer. The crowd was moved by his story and praised him with a standing ovation at the end of his speech. The event included a spectacular dinner for guests and, of course, Eli’s Cheesecake provided dessert. Check out some photos from the event below. To learn more about Elias’ incredible journey, click here.