By Cynthia Lee
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter
Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and it’s called Soulfire.
The Old Town-based Firecracker Foundation is a nonprofit organization to help children who survived sexual trauma, by building a community invested in healing them. The foundation was founded on July 31, 2013. The organization is run by president Amanda Dubey-Zerka who holds the annual community event called Soulfire.
Soulfire 2016: The Firecracker Foundation Gallery Reveal on Nov. 12 was aimed at helping with its mission of creating support and inspiration. The Soulfire 2016 event is in its third year of reflection and empowerment.
This event consists of survivors of sexual trauma sharing their personal experiences in a calendar of powerful images. The images consists of photographic artistic pictures dedicated to survival.
This year’s focus was on Power. This is to help raise funds to provide therapeutic services to the community’s survivors. Taking place at the Eagle Eye Golf Club, guests can dress up and view the calendars they have put together, as well hear victims present their experiences.
“It is still fairly new, but it is event that is an example of creating community,” says Old Town community director of Austin Ashley. Founder and executive director Tashmica Torok is the creator of the Firecracker Foundation.
If you missed out on Soulfire, click on the Twitter hashtag #Soulfire2016 to recap on the event.