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CAMEO 46th Anniversary

Cleveland American Middle East Organization
46th Anniversary
May 20,2016

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 46th anniversary of the group was celebrated at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center on May 20, 2016.

Tony Abdulkarim, Event Co-Chairman and 1st Vice-president of Cleveland American Middle East Organization, CAMEO, welcomed the crowd to the 46th anniversary celebration.

Tony Abdulkarim

Tony Abdulkarim

Tony introduced CAMEO Past-President Abdullah (Abby) Mina as MC for the 46th anniversary celebration of CAMEO. Abby called up Father Andrew Harmon of St Matthew Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church for an invocation.

Father Andrew Harmon

Father Andrew Harmon

A second invocation was given by Imam Ramez Islambouli.

Imam Ramez Islambouli

Imam Ramez Islambouli



Next, Ken Kovach sang and led the National Anthem.

Ken Kovach

Ken Kovach

Singing the national anthem

Singing the national anthem




Next CAMEO Past-President and event MC Abdullah (Abby) Mina spoke about CAMEO and introduced President Pierre Bejjani.

Abby Mina and Pierre Bejjani

Abby Mina and Pierre Bejjani



CAMEO President Pierre Bejjani welcomed the dignitaries and special guests in attendance. He then called up a special guest who is a talk show host from Kuwait.

Abby Mina and Pierre Bejjani with talk show host from Kuwait

Abby Mina and Pierre Bejjani with talk show host from Kuwait



The first award of the evening went to Fred Bourjaily. Very Rev. Father Andrew Harmon introduced the 2nd Vice-President of CAMEO as recipient of the 2016 CAMEO Community Award. Seven Hills Mayor Rick Dell'Aquilla also presented Fred with an award.

Fred Bourjaily and Rev Andrew Harmon

Fred Bourjaily and Rev Andrew Harmon

Fred Bourjaily and Pierre Bejjani

Fred Bourjaily and Pierre Bejjani

Abby Mina, Fred Bourjaily and Pierre Bejjani

Abby Mina, Fred Bourjaily and Pierre Bejjani

Mayor Rick Dell'Aquilla and Fred Bourjaily

Mayor Rick Dell'Aquilla and Fred Bourjaily

Fred Bourjaily afdter receiving award

Fred Bourjaily



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Next, Abby Mina introduced Dr. James Zogby to receive a CAMEO community award. Dr. Zogby is founder and president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), a Washington, D.C.–based organization which serves as a political and policy research arm of the Arab-American community.

James Zogby receives award from  Pierre Bejjani

James Zogby receives award from Pierre Bejjani

Abby Mina, Dr. James Zogby, Pierre Bejjani and Tony Abdulkarim

Abby Mina, Dr. James Zogby,
Pierre Bejjani and Tony Abdulkarim




Dr. James Zogby

Dr. James Zogby



Dr. Zogby took a few questions from the audience about the Middle East and the US elections. Watch the videos of Dr Zogby's answers.

In his closing remarks, CAMEO President Pierre Bejjani told of the mission of CAMEO and how Middle Easterners are the 2nd largest ethnic group in this community.

Pierre Bejjani

Pierre Bejjani



Audience at CAMEO event

Very Rev. Father John Ojaimi gave the closing benediction.

Father John Ojaimi

Father John Ojaimi





Page 2 - Photos of attendees at CAMEO's 46th


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