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.
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.
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 Bejjani, Ms. Blanche Salwan and Mr. Faris Alameh
NOTE: The three images below with a white arrow in the middle are videos. (The other images are just photos) You can click on the white arrow to watch the video of whatever is described. Make sure your speakers are on and you can make the video full screen once it begins by clicking the icon in the lower right corner.
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.
Faris Alameh, Tony George, Cindy David, George Koussa and Pierre Bejjani
Dr. Wael Khoury
Ms. Gia Hoa Ryan
Attorney Joseph Meissner
Judicial Candidate Richard Bell
Dr. Khalil Korkor
Dr. Mansoor Ahmed
Annie Pu, Pierre Bejjani, Joe Meissner, Gia Hoa Ryan and Cindy David
Want to learn about ethnic and cultural events in Cleveland such as this? Sign up for the free eNews and every Wednesday morning you will receive a free e-mail listing the next week's events. It's easy and free.