Thanksgiving Celebrations & Awards Night
Saturday, November 27, 2010
to give thanks for the blessed life we all enjoy in these United States of America;
to celeberate the diversity of creation,
to enjoy the cultural heritage of each ethnic group that makes America;
to apreciate and recognize outstanding volunteers in each community;
to gather together as Immigrant Americans with born Americans;
to bring the new immigrants into our fold and,
to accept, respect and appreciate each other’s uniqueness.
In the last 16 years, the spiritual groups including the Native Americans, Apache, Atheists, Baha’i, Buddhist, Cherokee, Choctaw, Christian, Hindu, Hopi, Jain, Jewish, Maya, Muslim, Shinto, Sikh, Tao, Wicca, Oloriya, Zoroastrian and communities from different races and ethnicities have come together to celebrate this event.
This year we intend to reach out to every possible tradition that we can trace and together we can celebrate this American Holiday.
A presentation of the Foundation for Pluralism & The World Muslim Congress.
We are looking to present five cultural dances presented as a part of the evening;
1. Native American
2. Latin American
3. African Americans
4. Greek American
5. Indian – American
Over the last several events we have done most of the dances and it is time for the above. New ideas are always welcome.
The event is an expression of the Foundation for Pluralism, Center for Studies in Religious pluralism and Secular Societies.
The uniqueness of the program is highlighted with the Turkey Carving ceremony, followed by Dinner. In previous years several dignitaries have performed the symbolic Turkey Carving. This year another dignitary will be honoring us with his/her presence.
Traditionally the evening has been dedicated to the Native Americans who have preserved the mother earth for all of us, it is their belief in nature and their caring for the land that we have come to cherish.
A few years ago, we honored Martin Luther King Jr., who awakened the conscience of this nation and prompted changes in the Civil Laws that have paved the way for most immigrants to make America their new home. All the South Asians and I are here today because of Reverend Martin Luther King’s reformation of our collective conscience.
The Jewish community has been a catalyst in creating a solid foundation for religious freedom in America. The Jewish community was honored for working to preserve the religious freedom in this country, they were hugely instrumental in making America for what it is today; God’s land, where all God’s creation can worship the creator every which way they want.
Mike Ghouse expresses his gratitude, ” We salute the Native Americans for nurturing survival and we salute Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Jewish Community for their outstanding contributions in making us all proud of the United States of America. We admire the Muslim and Sikh communities for withstanding all the difficulties and humiliation that was unleashed on them after 911, and their courage to continue to remain steadfast in their loyalty and patriotism in contributing towards the growth of this great nation. A senior representative from each community will bless the ceremony.
The multi-cultural extravaganza will follow with an hour full of mystical and folk dances from all the 7 continents. A live band will entertain us all.
As a society it is our duty to recognize and appreciate the people who have made a difference in the communities we live in, and it is our pleasure to honor and encourage these individuals and organizations. Nominations for outstanding volunteers for each community must be submitted on or before October 31, 2010 for consideration.
Sponsorships are invited to defray the cost of the event
For more information contact Mike Ghouse at (214) 325-1916 or firstname.lastname@example.org