LAHC 29th Annual Awards Dinner April 6
From 6 pm - 11 pm
Edward Hotel & Convention Center, Dearborn
600 Town Ctr. Drive, Dearborn, MI. 48126
LAHC 29th Annual Awards Gala.
This dinner event is scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at the Edward Hotel & Convention Center, Dearborn. Registration: 6:00 p.m. Program: 7:00 p.m.
Attended annually by over 1200 people of the corporate, government and grassroots community, the LAHC Gala is considered one of the largest sit down dinners in Southeast Michigan. This year we are honored to bestow the Excellence and Great Achievements Award upon two distinguished leaders: Mr. Tom Watkins, President and CEO of Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority and Mr. Ali Siblani, CEO of EnvisioTEC.
LAHC- Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities is a 501 ( c) (3) Not for profit human services organization, committed to the development of the Community, in all aspects of its economic and cultural life. To fulfill this goal, the LAHC provides a wide range of human and cultural services as well as advocacy work. Our staff and volunteers have joined forces to meet the needs of low income families by empowering and enabling people to lead more informed, productive and fulfilling lives. The LAHC provides comprehensive and holistic services to all people in need, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, race, religion, age or sexual orientation.
- Social Services: Emergency Services, Food, Clothing and Shelter, Career Services, Translation and Advocacy.
- Youth and Education Department: provides academic enrichment, leadership development, diversity training, scholarship & Internship opportunities and college access education.
- Community Health Awareness: Healthy Living Program, HIV Awareness, Blood Drives & Hope for the Cure
LAHC- Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities is an organization dedicated to providing quality programs and projects, and through the economic downturn, we have remained steadfast in accomplishing our goals and fulfilling our vision to further our initiatives and increase our activities to meet the needs of the communities we serve. Our commitment and love for the residents of our great State has allowed for us to continue moving forward and our organization has been able to grow to become one of America’s most prestigious and well respected organizations; and is not only nationally, but internationally recognized for its success and achievements.
Founded in 1982, The LAHC- Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities began as an athletic organization in Dearborn, Michigan to provide members of the community with an outlet to connect and enjoy sports. As Dearborn’s population increased in the 1980’s and 1990’s, it became home to the largest, concentrated population of Arab Americans in the United States. The founding members of the LAHC realized the need to expand the organization’s programs in order to serve the needs of the growing community and set forth on a journey of developing programming that would further their mission and vision.
As the LAHC began to shift gears from an athletic and health related organization, they began to engage the greater community in participating in projects and activities that would promote the culture of their Arab ancestors, promote social engagement and networking and provide assistance to youth through scholarships that would aide in the advancement of their academic endeavors.
Since its inception, the LAHC, a 501 c(3) non-profit organization, has continued to grow and develop initiatives that have expanded to serve members of the greater Michigan community in a variety of ways through a variety of diverse programs and initiatives for all to engage in and benefit from. The LAHC’s programs are geared to serve children, youth, seniors and families regardless of their race, religion, age, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.
The LAHC is dedicated to providing quality events, programs and projects and through the economic downturn, we have remained steadfast in accomplishing our goals and fulfilling our vision to further our initiatives and increase our activities to meet the needs of the communities we serve. Our commitment and love for the residents of our great State has allowed for us to continue moving forward and our organization has been able to grow to become one of America’s most prestigious and well respected organizations; and is not only nationally, but internationally recognized for its success and achievements.
Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and for TheArabDailyNews.com, and TheDailyHookah.com.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
His Facebook Page is Facebook.com/rghanania
Email him at: RGHanania@gmail.com
Visit this link to read Ray's column archive at the ArabNews,com www.arabnews.com/taxonomy/term/10906
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