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.
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
and introduced Richard Eastburn who 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
Members of the planning committee with Mayor Jackson
The crowds sampled international beer, wine and food.
Beers of the World
Giahoa Ryan serving international wine
Lining up for Saffron Patch food
An eclectic musical beat of global music by DJ Angel Galvan kept toes tapping and people dancing.
Many of the sponsoring organizations staffed tables with information.
Joe Meissner of Friendship Foundation of American-Vietnamese
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.
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.
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
Harry Weller and Becca Kopp
George Cruz and Anita Kazarian
Mariana and Lel Somogyi
Asim Data, Rafael Davila and Richard Herman
Frank and Laurel Tombazzi
Barbara Hawkins and Eduardo Romero
Minister Roland Muhamed and Jacqueline Muhamed
Danielle Cherry and Pedro Machado
Daniel Makina, visiting from South Africa
Becky Gaylord and Councilman Joe Cimperman
Dan and Debbie Hanson at the ClevelandPeople.Com booth
Mary Ann and Ken Kovach
Ahmad Hajjar and Anila Nicklos
Dora Harper, Alex Machaskee, Arooj Ashraf and
Kim Kirkendall and Jie Li
Eduardo Romero, Cherie Dimmerling and Avery Friedman
Katelyn and Patrick Kinyon
Aiyana Taylor and Tiffany Fields
Neil Mohney, Valarie McCall and Johnny Wu
Richard Herman and Mayor Jackson
Ingrida and Peter Bublys
Mayor Jackson, Valarie McCall and Joe Thomas
Mayor Jackson and Joe Meissner
Richard Eastburn and Rafael Davila
Valarie McCall and Richard Herman
Kul Bhusan and Asim Datta
Debbie Hanson and Mayor Frank Jackson
Nadine Stafford and Marcia Powers
Neil Mohney and Barbara Hawkins
Radhika Reddy and Mayor Jackson
Asim Datta and Dora Harper
Pierre Bejjani and Richard Herman
Sharjeel, Arooj, Shahida and Shamaila Ashraf
Asim Datta and Mayor Jackson
Giahoa Ryan and Irene Morrow
Nevin and Mercy Kenkins with Danna Mitchell and Marti Landford