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Vigil for Beirut Lebanon Victims

Vigil for Beirut Tragedy Victims
Lebanese Cultural Garden
Cleveland Ohio
August 8, 2020

On the afternoon of August 4, 2020, explosions occurred at the port of the city of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. The extremely powerful blast resulted in hundreds of deaths, thousands injured and hundreds of thousands instantly homeless.

The Lebanese community of Cleveland Ohio began working on ways to assist the victims in the land of their heritage. The American Lebanese Community Council (ALCC ) met and began fundraising efforts.

American Lebanese Community Council banner

All funds donated go directly to the Lebanese Red Cross.

On Saturday August 8, community members and friends gathered at the Lebanese Cultural Garden in Cleveland to raise funds, pray and speak about the tragedy.

Pierre Bejjani

Pierre Bejjani


ALCC President and community leader Pierre Bejjani served as MC and began the event by introducing Ms. Blanche Salwan and Mr. Faris Alameh who offered a prayer.

Pierre Bbejjani, Ms. Blanche Salwan and Mr. Faris Alameh

Pierre Bejjani, Ms. Blanche Salwan and Mr. Faris Alameh


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Pierre Bejjani then welcomed the crowd and explained the devastation that took place in Beirut and how people can help.



Pierre Bejjani then introduced many speakers from diverse communities including Dr. Wael Khoury, Lori Ashyk and Sheila Crawford from the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, Gia Hoa Ryan and Joseph Meissner from the Vietnamese community, Dan Hanson from ClevelandPeople.com, Judicial candidate Rick Bell, Mohamed Charara from Biggby Coffee, Aklilu Demassie from the Ethiopian community, Dr. Mansoor Ahmed from the Pakistani community, Dr. Khalil Korkor from the Syrian community and Lebanese community leader Ebaa Boudiab.



Enjoy these other images from the vigil.

Lebanese Cultural Garden sign


Faris Alameh, Tony George, Cindy David, George Kouussa and Pierre Bejjani

Faris Alameh, Tony George, Cindy David, George Koussa and Pierre Bejjani


Dr. Wael Khoury

Dr. Wael Khoury


Ms. Gia Hoa Ryan

Ms. Gia Hoa Ryan


Attorney Joseph Meissner

Attorney Joseph Meissner


Moe Charara

Moe Charara


Judicial Candidate Richard Bell

Judicial Candidate Richard Bell


Aklilu Demassie

Aklilu Demassie


Dr. Khalil Korkor

Dr. Khalil Korkor


Ebaa Boudiab

Ebaa Boudiab


Dr. Mansoor Ahmed

Dr. Mansoor Ahmed


Lebanon flag on car


Crowd at Lebanon vigil


Annie Pu, Pierre Bejjani, Joe Meissner. Gia Hoa Ryan and Cindy David

Annie Pu, Pierre Bejjani, Joe Meissner, Gia Hoa Ryan and Cindy David


Lebanese Garden Flowers


American Lebanese Community Council fundraising box for Beirut

Donate to the Lebanese Red Cross efforts here


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