Cleveland American Middle East Organization
45th Anniversary May 2,2015
Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a Bi-partisan Political Action Organization that was established in 1970. It is designed to articulate the political interest of more than 100,000 Northeastern Ohio residents of Middle Eastern heritage, Arab Americans.
The 45th anniversary of the group was celebrated at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center on May 2, 2015.
Tony Abdulkarim, Event Co-Chairman and 1st Vice-president of Cleveland American Middle East Organization, CAMEO, welcomed the crowd to the 45th anniversary celebration.
Tony introduced Cleveland Councilman Brian Cummins as MC for the 45th anniversary celebration of CAMEO.
Councilman Brian Cummins
The Horizon Science Academy US Army JROTC Color Guard presented the colors and then Amy George and her son and daughter sang the national anthem.
Horizon Science Academy US Army JROTC Color Guard
Amy George and children sing the National Anthem
Fr John Ojaimi gave the invocation.
Fr John Ojaimi
Abdullah (Abby) Mina, former president of the Cleveland American Middle East Organization, CAMEO, spoke about the evening's special honoree Edward (Eddie) Khouri.
Abdullah (Abby) Mina
Khouri was a pioneer who opened his Middle East restaurant in Cleveland in 1962 when nobody knew what hummus was. Current CAMEO president Pierre Bejjani spoke of the tributes and proclamations for Eddie Khouri.
Abdullah (Abby) Mina and Pierre Bejjani
Yehia Shousher from Toledo was named the first ever Honorary Member of the Cleveland American Middle East Organization, CAMEO, as CAMEO celebrated its 45th anniversary at St Elias Cultural Center in Cleveland.
Yehia Shousher and Pierre Bejjani
Tony Abdulkarim, Abby Mina, Yehia Shousher and Pierre Bejjani
Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish swore in President Pierre Bejjani and the other the newly elected officers of the Cleveland American Middle East Organization, CAMEO.
Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish
County Executive Armond Budish and the new CAMEO Board
Fred Bourjaily, CAMEO 2nd Vice-President and event Co-Chair, recognized the elected officials in attendance.
Political leaders gave proclamations to the Cleveland American Middle East Organization, CAMEO on the occasion of CAMEO celebrating its 45th anniversary.