Launch Event for LA Social Dining Start Up Invittle Raises Over $3,000 for the Soufra Fund

The private Playa del Rey dinner and fundraiser’s proceeds, paired with funds raised by Loyola Marymount student contributions, set to benefit entrepreneurial empowerment for refugees.

Los Angeles, CA, April 24, 2019 --( Invittle, a social dining platform designed to help bring people together through socially engaging dinner experiences hosted in local homes, recently held their launch event in Playa del Rey. The dinner was sponsored by Loyola Marymount University’s College of Business Administration and Invittle Founder Tamara Alexandre and was attended by a number of local notables and celebrities. The dinner and additional Loyola Marymount University student fundraising efforts combined in over $3,000 for a refugee-run food truck and catering company, Soufra.

Invittle’s launch event was held on March 25 at 7 pm at the private Playa del Rey residence of Dr. Dayle Smith, Dean of Loyola Marymount’s College of Business Administration. The event was the brainchild of Professor Alex Glosenberg with Loyola Marymount University’s College of Business Administration. When Glosenberg learned of Invittle, he was immediately supportive of the company’s efforts and mission and connected Invittle with the College of Business Administration to facilitate the charitable event, which included a private dinner and fundraiser, with proceeds benefitting the Soufra Fund. Soho house chef Shane Fatemian was brought on to create the evening’s meal.

The Soufra Fund benefits Soufra, a food truck and catering company within the Burj Barajneh refugee camp located in Beirut, Lebanon. The food truck was founded by Mariam Shaar, a generational refugee who has lived in the camp her entire life, and a team of Iraqi, Palestinian and Syrian women living in the camp. The event’s hosts learned of Soufra and Shaar after they were featured in the documentary “Soufra,” by Director and Producer Thomas Morgan and Executive Producer Susan Sarandon.

Morgan was on hand for the event and provided keynote remarks during the dinner. Additional notable attendees included television actors Mousa Kraish from the series “American Gods” and Navid Negahban from “Homeland,” as well as UK actress Lara Heller from the film “Troy the Odyssey.” A number of other guests from academia and the fashion, banking and legal industries were also in attendance.

“Invittle is pleased to have partnered with the College of Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University to host our inaugural dinner event while benefitting an incredible cause,” said Invittle Founder Tamara Alexandre. “Mariam Shaar and the team of women who founded Soufra deserve recognition for the work they are doing to empower refugees engaging in entrepreneurial pursuits. Our hope is that Invittle can continue to partner with groups looking to provide fundraising opportunities for meaningful causes through socially engaging dinners that help people savor in collective experiences.”

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About Invittle
Invittle is an innovative Los Angeles area startup that seeks to connect people through private in-home dinners. Guests connect with new people, learn new perspectives and gain memorable experiences, all while savoring a collective experience around the dinner table. Invittle provides an online platform for hosts around the country to advertise their events and connect with locals over dinner. Visit to learn more or to sign up as a dinner guest or host.
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