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Join us for a virtual evening of music, food and friendship to support the work of the EO Starling Project.

Featuring keynote speaker Whitney Mestelle, music from local artists Eilen Jewell and Nick Cowan, plus delectable cuisine from Foodland Market, paired with local award-winning wines from our friends at Cinder Wines. Join us from the comfort of your home or the virtual location of your choice. Celebrate in your finest attire or comfiest pajamas - the choice is yours!

What: Enjoy a virtual fundraising celebration to support the work of the EO Starling Project, which advances gender equity and helps to develop the leadership pipeline through mentoring and leadership curriculum for collegiate women who have arrived as refugees. Featuring Starling Mentor, Inclusive Idaho Executive Director and Co-founder Whitney Mestelle, an online silent auction with generous donations from Treefort Music Fest, and local musicians Nick Cowan and Eilen Jewell. All donations made during the event, as well as your $10 ticket, are tax-deductible.
When: September 17, 2020, beginning at 7:00 pm. Silent auction bidding will begin on Sunday, September 13.
Where: Our celebration will take place over Zoom. Once you purchase your ticket, you'll receive an email confirming your donation. The week of the event, you'll receive an email with the information for joining this exclusive celebration and a link to the live auction.

Food and wine will be available for pick up the day of the event at Cinder Wines in Garden City. Look for an email regarding your pick up details the week of the event. Deadline for food orders is Thursday, September 10, at 7:00 pm.

The silent auction will open for bidding on Sunday, September 13, via Google Forms and items will be available for bidding throughout the week and celebration. Winners will be announced at the end of the evening on September 17.

Questions? Contact Rachel Axtman at

Thank you to our sponsors that are helping to make this event possible: Saalt, PartnerHero, Boise State Public Radio, Treefort Music Festival, and Cinder Wines.

EO Starling Project

Committed to driving forward gender parity and developing the leadership pipeline, the EO Starling Project pairs collegiate women who have arrived as refugees with mentors in the Treasure Valley. Trained mentors and project staff assist mentees in building professional networks, acquiring and honing new skills, accessing new spaces, and creating personal and professional growth opportunities.

When thousands of starlings come together, flying in swooping, intricately coordinated patterns, a mesmerizing murmuration results. This intricate movement happens when an individual starling communicates with its seven closest neighbors. We hope you will help us grow this movement by supporting the empowerment of these emerging women leaders, and, therefore, our collective future.

Join us! 

Email for more information about our upcoming cohort.

Be a Mentor
The EO Starling project provides an opportunity to join a community of women who are dedicated to building a positive future for our communities and the world.

  • Share your experience and wisdom, and learn from the wisdom of others
  • Feel the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of young women

Do you have a strong commitment to changing our world through the empowerment of women and girls?

Online Mentor Application Here.

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Spread Your Wings and Soar
Are you a young woman between the ages of 18 and 25 that came to the US as a refugee? Are you currently enrolled at an accredited college or university in the Treasure Valley? Interested in bettering your future, your community, and beyond?

Online Mentee Application Here.

To learn more about the EO Starling project or discuss fundraising and financial support please contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

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