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Holiday Diversity Party in Cleveland
Global Urban Fusion
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
December 22, 2010

A very diverse group of about 400 people gathered together Wednesday evening December 22, 2010 for the first annual Global Urban Fusion. The event, held in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda, was a holiday celebration of Cleveland's diversity.

Christmas Tree in Cleveland City Hall Rotunda

Celebration of Cleveland's Diveristy banner

A committee of volunteers put the program together in a few short weeks. Dozens of sponsors came together to make the event a reality.

Chief Valarie J. McCall welcomed the crowd.

Chief Valarie J. McCall welcomed the crowd

and introduced Richard Eastburn who gave an Invocation


Richard Eastburn gave an Invocation


Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson spoke of Cleveland being welcome to all people. He congratulated and gave certificates of appreciation to the planning committee.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson



Global Urban Fusion planning committee

Members of the planning committee with Mayor Jackson


The crowds sampled international beer, wine and food.

Beers of the World

Beers of the World

Giahoa Ryan serving international wine

Giahoa Ryan serving international wine

Lining up for Saffron Patch food

Lining up for Saffron Patch food


An eclectic musical beat of global music by DJ Angel Galvan kept toes tapping and people dancing.

Global Urban Music from DJ Angel Galvan

Dancers at Cleveland Diversity Holiday party

Dancers at Cleveland Diversity Holiday party

Many of the sponsoring organizations staffed tables with information.

Joe Meissner of Friendship Foundation of American-Vietnamese, Inc.

Joe Meissner of Friendship Foundation of American-Vietnamese

Pierre Bejjani of the Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association

Pierre Bejjani of the
Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association


It was nice to see "the people" using the beautiful Cleveland City Hall Rotunda for the party.

Cleveland Holiday Diversity party


The crowd was extremely diverse. Young and old danced together. People from dozens of ethnic groups and religions mixed and mingled. The event really showed the diversity of Cleveland and the potential that the city has if we continue to tap into a welcoming attitude.

Kudos to the volunteers on the committee and to the Mayor, Chief Valarie McCall, Director Ricky Smith, Councilman Joe Cimperman and Eduardo Romero for hosting what is sure to be an annual event.

Cleveland Global Diversity Holiday party committee


Thanks to all the sponsors and to Forest City for picking up everyone's parking expense. ClevelandPeople.Com was glad to be a sponsor and looks forward to the 2011 celebration.

Enjoy these photos from the Global Urban Fusion in Cleveland.

Connie Atkins and Radhika Reddy

Connie Atkins and Radhika Reddy


Harry Weller and Becca Kopp

Harry Weller and Becca Kopp


George Cruz and Anita Kazarian

George Cruz and Anita Kazarian


Mariana and Lel Somogyi

Mariana and Lel Somogyi


Asim Data, Rafael Davila and Richard Herman

Asim Data, Rafael Davila and Richard Herman


Frank and Laurel Tombazzi

Frank and Laurel Tombazzi


Barbara Hawkins and Eduardo Romero

Barbara Hawkins and Eduardo Romero


Young ladies at Cleveland Global party


Minister Roland Muhamed and Jacqueline Muhamed

Minister Roland Muhamed and Jacqueline Muhamed


Danielle Cherry and Pedro Machado

Danielle Cherry and Pedro Machado


Rocky Perk

Rocky Perk


Daniel Makina, visiting from South Africa

Daniel Makina, visiting from South Africa


Becky Gaylord and Councilman Joe Cimperman

Becky Gaylord and Councilman Joe Cimperman


Dan and Debbie Hanson at the ClevelandPeople.Com booth

Dan and Debbie Hanson at the ClevelandPeople.Com booth


Mary Ann and Ken Kovach

Mary Ann and Ken Kovach


Ahmad Hajjar and Anila Nicklos

Ahmad Hajjar and Anila Nicklos


Dora Harper, Alex Machaskee, Arooj Ashraf and

Dora Harper, Alex Machaskee, Arooj Ashraf and


Eduardo Romero

Eduardo Romero


Kan Zaman

Kan Zaman


Kim Kirkendall and Jie Li

Kim Kirkendall and Jie Li


Eduardo Romero, Cherie Dimmerling and Avery Friedman

Eduardo Romero, Cherie Dimmerling and Avery Friedman


Katelyn and Patrick Kinyon

Katelyn and Patrick Kinyon


Aiyana Taylor and Tiffany Fields

Aiyana Taylor and Tiffany Fields


Neil Mohney, Valarie McCall and Johnny Wu

Neil Mohney, Valarie McCall and Johnny Wu


Richard Herman and Mayor Jackson

Richard Herman and Mayor Jackson


Ingrida and Peter Bublys

Ingrida and Peter Bublys


Mayor Jackson, Valarie McCall and Joe Thomas

Mayor Jackson, Valarie McCall and Joe Thomas


Mayor Jackson and Joe Meissner

Mayor Jackson and Joe Meissner


Richard Eastburn and Rafael Davila

Richard Eastburn and Rafael Davila


Valarie McCall and Richard Herman

Valarie McCall and Richard Herman


Kul Bhusan and Asim Datta

Kul Bhusan and Asim Datta


Debbie Hanson and Mayor Frank Jackson

Debbie Hanson and Mayor Frank Jackson


Nadine Stafford and Marcia Powers

Nadine Stafford and Marcia Powers


Neil Mohney and Barbara Hawkins

Neil Mohney and Barbara Hawkins


Radhika Reddy and Mayor Jackson

Radhika Reddy and Mayor Jackson


Asim Datta and Dora Harper

Asim Datta and Dora Harper


Pierre Bejjani and Richard Herman

Pierre Bejjani and Richard Herman


Sharjeel, Arooj, Shahida and Shamaila Ashraf

Sharjeel, Arooj, Shahida and Shamaila Ashraf


Dan Hanson

Dan Hanson


Asim Datta and Mayor Jackson

Asim Datta and Mayor Jackson


Giahoa Ryan and Irene Morrow

Giahoa Ryan and Irene Morrow


Nevin and Mercy Kenkins with Danna Mitchell and Marti Landford

Nevin and Mercy Kenkins with
Danna Mitchell and Marti Landford


Guests at Cleveland Global Holiday party


Joe Meissner and Anita Kazarian

Joe Meissner and Anita Kazarian


Harry Weller and Mayor Frank Jackson

Harry Weller and Mayor Frank Jackson


 Sujata Burgess, Amina and Meera Bhushan at Cleveland International Holiday party

Sujata Burgess, Amina and Meera Bhushan


Mayor Jackson and Barbara Hawkins

Mayor Jackson and Barbara Hawkins


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