CAIR-Philadelphia 14th Annual Banquet Banner

14th Annual Banquet Announcement

To Assist and Resist

Saturday, March 14, 2020 | 5:00 – 9:45 PM
Springfield Country Club
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Dear Friends,

For many Americans, the winter weeks leading up to New Years is a time of office Christmas parties, exchanging presents with family and friends, and making New Year’s Resolutions.

But for the four people who populate CAIR-Philadelphia’s office in the Friends Center, this time of year is known as “Banquet Season.” For it is in these months of intense planning, long days and little sleep that the staff, Advisory Board and Executive Committee manage to produce CAIR-Philadelphia’s widely-acclaimed Annual Gala Banquet.

This year’s banquet will once again take place at the beautiful Springfield Country Club on the evening of Saturday, March 14, 2020.

CAIR-Philadelphia’s banquets have sold out for the last seven years and have, without a doubt, become the social event of the year for the tens of thousands who make up the diverse Muslim community of the Greater Delaware Valley. Year after year, CAIR-Philadelphia has drawn exciting speakers to address its banquets, including public figures like Gov. Tom Wolf, former Gov. Ed Rendell, US Senator Bob Casey, PA State Senator Sharif Street, and State Rep. Jason Dawson; prominent American Muslim leaders like Imam Zaid Shakir, Imam Suhaib Webb, Dalia Mogahed, activists Linda Sarsour and Marc Lamont Hill. We are especially proud that over 20% or our banquet guests are from CAIR’s friends and supporters in the Jewish and Christian communities.

CAIR-Philadelphia’s 2020 Banquet promises to follow in the above traditions.

​Rami Nashashibi will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Nashashibi is the executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). He is a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow and a 2018 Opus Prize laureate. Rami received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and has taught courses at multiple universities since, including a teaching appointment at the Chicago Theological Seminary. He was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Rami is an advisor to a number of strategic initiatives across the country. His work with IMAN continues to feature in many national and international media outlets.

Ryan N. Boyer will be our special guest speaker. Mr. Boyer is a lifetime Philadelphia resident. Since August of 2008, he has been the Business Manager of the Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia and Vicinity, the parent body of four local unions with over 10,000 members. In this capacity, Mr. Boyer negotiates contracts and oversees contract compliance and is a Trustee of the union’s pension, training, and health and welfare funds to ensure that all member unions comply with all the rules and regulations that govern their existence. In 2010, he was elected as Vice-President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. In February, 2015, he was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to serve as chair of the 16 member board that oversees operations of the bi-state Delaware River Port Authority.

Roula Allouch will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. She is currently the National Board Chair of CAIR. She is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Kentucky and Ohio and before the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Allouch is an active member of the legal community and the community at large. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative and serves as a Kentucky delegate to the Association’s House of Delegates. Ms. Allouch was recently recognized as a Daughter of Greatness by the Muhammad Ali Center and serves on the Center’s Board of Directors. Ms. Allouch is also a faculty member with the Islamic Seminary of America.

Charlene Lanzel is a world-renowned American sand animation artist from New York City, who uses her hands in the sand to create living sand art stories. In February of 2011, Ms. Lanzel released her first sand animation video on YouTube and within weeks she was scouted to perform for a Cirque Du Soleil opening night party in New York City. Soon after, she began traveling around the world, fascinating audiences with her magical sand animation performances. Ms. Lanzel creates these fluid story illustrations for large audiences, with an overhead camera instantaneously projecting onto a large screen for audiences. Ms. Lanzel’s sand art combines her passion for artistic expression with her love of music, storytelling and performance art into one unique and mesmerizing art form.

Hafez Kotain is a master percussionist fluent in both Arab and Latin rhythms. Born in Venezuela of Syrian heritage, he began playing the doumbek at the age of seven, made his first stage performance at nine, and went on to study with master Syrian percussionist Hady Jazan, winning the national percussion competitions in Syria for five consecutive years. In Venezuela, he studied percussion and taught a variety of percussion styles blending Arab and Latino music. He works with Al-Bustan throughout the year, teaching music at summer camp, weekly percussion classes at several Philadelphia schools, and a weekly percussion ensemble class at University of Pennsylvania. Hafez is a recipient of the prestigious 2013 Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

Jacob Bender, executive director of CAIR-Philadelphia, will present another of his dramatic live performances starring members of the Muslim community.

The 2020 banquet will offer several types of sponsorships that support CAIR-Philadelphia’s invaluable programs in the Muslim community and provide your organization or business with a unique marketing opportunity (coming soon).

So don’t delay, as the 2020 banquet is bound to be another sold-out event.

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