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December 13, 2013
American Islamic Congress cordially invites you to its:
Fourth Annual “Light Up The Night” Benefit
Friday, December 13, 2013
6:30pm AIC Boston Center
On one of the shortest days of the year, the American Islamic Congress’ Cultural Center on Newbury Street hosts its fourth annual benefit – lighting up Boston with a celebration of culture, diversity, leadership, and community service.
The centerpiece of the evening is an awards ceremony honoring community leaders and innovators – some famous and some unsung heroes – who are making a powerful impact both in Greater Boston and around the world.
The evening’s celebration includes a marquis performance by Boston’s award-winning Dunya Ensemble, featuring soprano Burcu Gulec; an interactive exhibit spotlighting traditional costumes from Boston’s unusual cultural mosaic; a charity auction with great prizes; and Mediterranean cuisine from Sabur Restaurant.
All proceeds benefit AIC’s unique programming.
2013 AIC’S COMMUNITY HONOREES
Lifetime Achievement Award:
The late Samina Quraeshi & Richard Shepard
Husband-and-wife team who elevated Boston’s cultural scene with original artwork, scholarship, and cinema. Samina & Richard’s final collaboration was this year’s “Muslim Women in the Arts” exhibit at the AIC Center.
Community Activist of the Year Award:
Dr. Omar Salem
A dentist in Sharon who has brought outstanding humanitarian assistance to survivors of civil war in his native Syria, Omar has mobilized a diverse coalition in Boston and provided urgent care on the ground in refugee camps.
Youth Activist of the Year:
Amani El Sehrawey
A native of Cape Cod and recent BU graduate who promotes civil rights and tolerance in the Mideast, Europe, and back home in Boston, Amani volunteered in the AIC offices in Cairo and Boston before heading to London to aid victims of discrimination.
Benefit Host Committee: (Alphabetical)
Sanaa Abidar and Elma Achtam | Mohammed Al Bardan | Prof. Cynthia Becker and Addi Ouadderrou |
Jasna and Kemal Colakhodzic | Anne and Jonathan Dorfman | Stephanie and Usama El Sehrawey |
Dr. Nada Farhat | MSerap Kantarci and Dr. Mehmet Ali Sanlikol | Mrs. and Mr. Mahmud Jafri |
Eliane and Gary Markof | Nelden and Detlef Gericke-Schönhagen | Susana and Jerry Villacres