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20th Anniversary

ESTHER: Celebrating 20 Years!

Justice, Hope and Action

Past events we'd like to highlight as part of our twentieth anniversary

Marking 20 Years of Advocacy for Social Justice

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This year, ESTHER is celebrating 20 years of advocacy for social justice in the Fox Valley. It has been an exciting and inspiring journey. ESTHER was formed by people who felt that their religious faith needed to be expressed in action to bring our world closer to the just society that all of our faiths envision. ESTHER stands for Empowerment, Solidarity, Truth, Hope, Equity, & Reform, and they are ideals that have inspired us for two decades.

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, we have planned a number of events. We hope that you will attend as many of them as possible. For info, go to

Classical Guitar Concert featuring Ivan Resendiz

Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Fox Valley UU Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

Join us for this special event in celebration of ESTHER’s 20th anniversary,
hosted by the Immigration Task Force

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Originally from Mexico City, Ivan Resendiz began his study of classical guitar at age 16 at La Escuela Superior de Musica del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico with teacher Alejandro Mendez. Mr. Resendiz has participated in numerous national and International guitar competitions alike, receiving top prizes in more than 13 competitions including South Carolina Guitar Competition and Boston Guitar Fest, to name a few. Ivan has performed in Mexico, France, Spain, Europe and the U.S. in festivals including Musica en Compostela in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and Festival del Museo Nacional del Virreinato in Mexico. In 2011, Resendiz founded the first Latin American Guitar Festival in Chicago. The festival offers concerts, workshops and conferences to the Latin American Community in Chicago and continues to achieve its goal of bringing classical music to the immigrant community of Chicago.

No charge. Suggested donation: $10.00. Dessert reception to follow.

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Resendiz is the son-in-law of ESTHER leader Connie Raether. For a glimpse of Resendiz’s repertoire and talent, visit this YouTube link.

ESTHER Summer Gathering Cookout

Thursday, August 22, 2024 - 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Telulah Park, 1300 E Newberry St, Appleton

Help ESTHER celebrate its 20th anniversary year by attending this fun outdoor event in the pavillion at one of Appleton's nicest parks. Food, live music, entertainment. Hosted by ESTHER’s Environmental Justice Task Force.



NAMIWalks Fox Valley

Saturday, October 5, 2024 - 9:00am - 11:00am
Fox Cities Stadium, 2400 N Casaloma Dr, Appleton

As part of ESTHER’s 20th anniversary celebration, the Mental Health Task Force is encouraging participation in the 2024 NAMIwalks. Read more and register for our team "Faith, Hope and Love" here:

Justice in Crisis: Movie and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, October 8, 2024 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Fox Valley Technical College

An event helping celebrate ESTHER’s 20th anniversary.

Film showing of Justice in Crisis: Mass Incarceration in America, with panel to follow.

Sponsored by ESTHER’s Transformational Justice Task Force

ESTHER 20th Anniversary Banquet: Save the Date

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Saturday, November 16, 2024 - 5:00pm
Waverly Beach Banquet Hall, N8770 Fire Lane 1, Menasha

Save the Date

Help ESTHER celebrate 20 years of
Justice, Hope and Action
In the Fox Valley Region

Keynote speaker: Keith Findley, professor emeritus, UW Law School, and Co-founder, The Innocence Project

ESTHER gratefully acknowledges 20th anniversary banquet sponsorship provided by Community First Credit Union.

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