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Cleveland American Middle East Organization 49th anniversary

Cleveland American Middle East Organization 49th anniversary
St. Elias Cultural Center
May 3, 2019

The Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian political action organization established in 1970.

CAMEO Board Members

CAMEO Board Members


They celebrated their 49th anniversary at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center. After a networking hour, the 49th anniversary event was begun by 1st Vice-President Tony Abdulkarim.

Tony Abdulkarim

Tony Abdulkarim


Tony welcomed the crowd and introduced MC and 2nd Vice-President Fred Bourjaily.

Fred Bourjaily


Fred Bourjaily


Fred introduced Ohio State Representative Tom Patton who led the Pledge of Allegiance. Then Imam Ramez Islambouli gave the invocation.

Imam Ramez Islambouli

Imam Ramez Islambouli


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Next, Fred Bourjaily called up the other members of the CAMEO board. They were then sworn in by the Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish.

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish swears in the new CAMEO board

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish swears in the new CAMEO board


Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish swears in the new CAMEO board

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish swears in the new CAMEO board



After a delicious dinner, CAMEO President Pierre Bejjani gave his remarks explaining the group and then thanked Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish.

Pierre Bejjani

Pierre Bejjani




Before the awards ceremony, President Pierre Bejjani recognized the Cleveland Public Theatre represented by Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi for the outstanding world premiere play called Dream of Home. He called up the ensemble and Faye Hargate, Director of Community Ensembles, spoke.

Pierre Bejjani honors Cleveland Public Theatre

Pierre Bejjani honors Cleveland Public Theatre

Faye Hargate, CPT Director of Community Ensembles

Faye Hargate, CPT Director of Community Ensembles




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Next was the awards ceremony. First was to the Mediterranean Market. President Pierre Bejjani introduced first vice president Tony Abdulkarim who introduced Gus and George Karim of the Mediterranean Market for their award.

Tony Abdulkarim introduces Mediterranean Market

Tony Abdulkarim introduces Mediterranean Market

Pierre Bejjani awards the Mediterranean Market's Gus Karim

Pierre Bejjani awards the Mediterranean Market's Gus Karim



Next, Pierre Bejjani introduced Murat Rabah, the son of 95 year old Husein Rabah, who introduced his father for an award.

Murat Rabah

Murat Rabah

Pierre Bejjani, Husein Rabah and Murat Rabah

Pierre Bejjani, Husein Rabah and Murat Rabah

Pierre Bejjani and Husein Rabah

Pierre Bejjani and Husein Rabah




President Pierre Bejjani then introduced Dr. Wael Khoury to introduce his Cleveland Clinic colleague Dr. Nizar Zein for his award.

Dr. Wael Khoury

Dr. Wael Khoury

Pierre Bejjani, Dr Nizar Zein and Dr. Wael Khoury

Pierre Bejjani, Dr Nizar Zein and Dr. Wael Khoury

Pierre Bejjani and Dr Nizar Zein

Pierre Bejjani and Dr Nizar Zein

Dr Nizar Zein

Dr Nizar Zein




Before the end of the evening, Nada Martinovics from the US Census Bureau told of the importance of everyone being counted in the 2020 Census.

Nada Martinovics

Nada Martinovics





Congratulations to CAMEO on their 49th anniversary.

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