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CAMEO 45th Anniversary

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 Abdulkarim

Tony Abdulkarim

Tony introduced Cleveland Councilman Brian Cummins as MC for the 45th anniversary celebration of CAMEO.

Councilman Brian Cummins

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

Horizon Science Academy US Army JROTC Color Guard

Horizon Science Academy US Army JROTC Color Guard

Amy George and children sing the National Anthem

Amy George and children sing the National Anthem

Amy George and children sing the National Anthem

Fr John Ojaimi gave the invocation.

Fr John Ojaimi

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

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

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

Yehia Shousher and Pierre Bejjani

Tony Abdulkarim, Abby Mina, 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

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish swears in CAMEO board

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and the new CAMEO Board

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.

Fred Bourjaily

Fred Bourjaily

Political leaders gave proclamations to the Cleveland American Middle East Organization, CAMEO on the occasion of CAMEO celebrating its 45th anniversary.

Political leaders gave proclamations to the Cleveland American Middle East Organization

Political leaders

CAMEO President Pierre Bejjani spoke next.

Pierre Bejjani

Pierre Bejjani

Pierre Bejjani

Father Naim Khalil gave the Benediction.

Father Naim Khalil

Father Naim Khalil



Page 2 - Photos of speakers and attendees at CAMEO's 45th


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