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Lebanese Cultural Garden Groundbreaking

Lebanese Cultural Garden Groundbreaking
Cleveland Ohio
May 4, 2019

Phase 1 of the plans to create a Lebanese Cultural Garden, part of the chain of Cleveland Cultural Gardens, took place on Saturday May 4, 2019 with a ceremonial groundbreaking event.

Lebanese Cultural Garden

Lebanese Cultural Garden


Pierre Bejjani, Chairman of the American Lebanese Community Council told the story of how Lebanese Cultural Garden, part of the chain of Cleveland Cultural Gardens, came about. He said "The dream has become a reality."

Pierre Bejjani

Pierre Bejjani


Pierre Bejjani introduced Monsignor Peter Karam of Saint Maron Church in Cleveland and Imam Ramez Islambouli of Case Western Reserve University who gave their blessing and thoughts on the groundbreaking.

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Monsignor Peter Karam of Saint Maron Church

Monsignor Peter Karam of Saint Maron Church

Imam Ramez Islambouli and Pierre Bejjani

Imam Ramez Islambouli and Pierre Bejjani

Pierre introduced Omar Maalouf, Vice President of World Lebanese Cultural Union North America, who came in from California and spoke.



Omar Maalouf, Vice President of World Lebanese Cultural Union North America

Omar Maalouf, Vice President of World Lebanese Cultural Union North America


Pierre then spoke of the legacy of the Lebanese Cultural Garden, part of the chain of Cleveland Cultural Gardens. He then introduced Alex Lackey who represented Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and presented a proclamation.



Alex Lackey and Pierre Bejjani

Alex Lackey and Pierre Bejjani

Several other speakers gave their remarks including Cleveland City Councilman Kerry McCormack, Seven Hills Mayor Richard Dell'Aquila and Cultural Garden Federation President Dr. Wael Khoury.



Cleveland City Councilman Kerry McCormack

Cleveland City Councilman Kerry McCormack

Seven Hills Mayor Richard Dell'Aquila and Pierre Bejjani

Seven Hills Mayor Richard Dell'Aquila and Pierre Bejjani

Cultural Garden Federation President Dr. Wael Khoury

Cultural Garden Federation President Dr. Wael Khoury


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Next, Fahim Gemayel, Owner of Lakeland Management Systems spoke. Gemayel has been involved with the landscaping of several of the cultural gardens.



Fahim Gemayel

Fahim Gemayel


The Consul General of Lebanon Suzan Mouzi Yassine came in from Detroit for the groundbreaking event of the Lebanese Cultural Garden and shared her thoughts.



Consul General of Lebanon Suzan Mouzi Yassine and Pierre Bejjani

Consul General of Lebanon Suzan Mouzi Yassine and Pierre Bejjani


Consul General of Lebanon Suzan Mouzi Yassine

Pierre Bejjani, Consul General of Lebanon Suzan Mouzi Yassine, Fahim Gemayel, Alex Lackey, Councilman Kerry McCormack, Dr. Wael Khoury, Tony Abdulkarim, Faris Alameh and others posed with shovels at the groundbreaking event of the Lebanese Cultural Garden.



Ceremonial groundbreaking at the Lebanese Cultural Garden

Ceremonial groundbreaking at the Lebanese Cultural Garden


Ceremonial groundbreaking at the Lebanese Cultural Garden

Enjoy these other images from the Ceremonial Groundbreaking at the Lebanese Cultural Garden.

Pierre Bejjani, Consul General of Lebanon Suzan Mouzi Yassine and Omar Maalouf, Vice President of World Lebanese Cultural Union North America

Pierre Bejjani, Consul General of Lebanon Suzan Mouzi Yassine and Omar Maalouf, Vice President of World Lebanese Cultural Union North America


The next generation

The next generation


Kids in Lebanese Cultural Garden


Former Lebanese Garden Chair Natalie Ronayne

Former Lebanese Garden Chair Natalie Ronayne


Crowd at the ceremony

Crowd at the ceremony


Sawssan Khoury and Sheila Murphy Crawford

Sawssan Khoury and Sheila Murphy Crawford


Cultural Garden Federation members

Cultural Garden Federation members


Mayor Dell'Aquilla, Fred Bourjaily, Murat Rabah, Pierre Bejjani and Faris Alameh

Mayor Dell'Aquilla, Fred Bourjaily, Murat Rabah,
Pierre Bejjani and Faris Alameh


Lebanese Cultural Garden board members with Councilman Kerry McCormack

Lebanese Cultural Garden board members with Councilman Kerry McCormack


Sawssan Khoury, Mrs Khoury, Tony Abdulkarim and Wael Khoury

Sawssan Khoury, Mrs Khoury, Tony Abdulkarim and Wael Khoury


Alex Lackey, Pierre Bejjani, Consul General of Lebanon Suzan Mouzi Yassine and Omar Maalouf, Vice President of World Lebanese Cultural Union North America

Alex Lackey, Consul General of Lebanon Suzan Mouzi Yassine,
Omar Maalouf and Pierre Bejjani


Group photo in Lebanese Cultural Garden

Group photo in Lebanese Cultural Garden


Lebanese Cultural Garden

Lebanese Cultural Garden


Congratulations to the Lebanese community on their efforts to achieve Phase 1.


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