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Lebanese American Heritage Ball

Lebanese American Heritage Ball
October 22, 2011

The Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association (NOLAA) hosted the 6th annual Lebanese American Heritage Ball at the Embassy Suites on Saturday October 22, 2011. NOLAA dedicates itself to "preserving, enriching, and promoting the Lebanese heritage and traditions through cultural, educational, humanitarian and social activities."

Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association (NOLAA) Banner

The evening began with a cocktail and appetizer reception which included a silent auction to benefit NOLAA scholarships and programs. Once inside the main ballroom, John Harb, NOLAA Heritage Committee Chair introduced Master of Ceremonies Dr. Frederick Hayek.

John Harb, NOLAA Heritage Committee Chair

John Harb

Master of Ceremonies Dr. Frederick Hayek

Master of Ceremonies Dr. Frederick Hayek

The colors were presented and the national anthems were sung. Ashley Nemeh sang the US National Anthem and Souheil Farah sang the Lebanese Anthem.

Color Guard at Lebanese Heritage Ball in Cleveland

Ashley Nemeh sang US National Anthem at Lebanese Heritage Ball

Ashley Nemeh

Ashley Nemeh sang US National Anthem at Lebanese Heritage Ball

Souheil Farah singing Lebanese Anthem

Souheil Farah

Souheil Farah singing Lebanese Anthem

Next, Dr. Frederick Hayek spoke about the history, geography and religion of Lebanon. He said "Lebanon has a long cultural history of freedom."

Fr. Naim Khalil, Pastor of Saint Elias Greek Melkite Catholic Church, gave the invocation at the 2011 annual NOLAA Lebanese Heritage Ball.

Pierre Bejjani, President of the Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association (NOLAA) thanked the board members and supporters of the 2011 annual NOLAA Lebanese Heritage Ball.

Pierre Bejjani, President of the Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association (NOLAA)

Pierre Bejjani



Pierre Bejjani, President of the Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association (NOLAA)

Pierre Bejjani then explained what NOLLA is and does. He said "The Lebanese community is relevant, active and making an impact in Northeast Ohio."

Pierre Bejjani also had special news to relate. He announced that Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has declared November 22nd as Lebanon Day in Cleveland and that the Lebanese flag will fly over City Hall all day. There will be a special reception in the City Hall Rotunda.

Pierre Bejjani, President of the Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association (NOLAA)

Next, Consul General of Lebanon Bachir Tawk spoke.

Consul General of Lebanon Bachir Tawk

Consul General of Lebanon Bachir Tawk



Consul General Tawk was presented with a NOLAA recognition award by Pierre Bejjani.

Consul General of Lebanon Bachir Tawk and Pierre Bejjani

Consul General of Lebanon Bachir Tawk and Pierre Bejjani

Consul General of Lebanon Bachir Tawk and Pierre Bejjani

Other NOLAA business was conducted such as the bestowing of scholarships on young people.

NOLAA President Pierre Bejjani and Vice-President Joseph Khadige  present scholarship awards to Ann M. Cater and Rita M. Skaaf

NOLAA President Pierre Bejjani and Vice-President Joseph Khadige present scholarship awards to Ann M. Cater and Rita M. Skaaf


After an excellent dinner, it was time for the much awaited keynote speaker, General John P. Abizaid.


Photos by Dan Hanson and Harry Weller


2011 Lebanese American Heritage Ball - Page 1 (This Page)
Welcome and Introductions

2011 Lebanese American Heritage Ball - Page 2
General John P. Abizaid (Ret.)

2011 Lebanese American Heritage Ball - Page 3
Music and Dancing with Tony Kiwan from Beirut

2011 Lebanese American Heritage Ball - Page 4
People at the Lebanese American Heritage Ball


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