11th Thanksgiving Celebrations & Awards Night

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The 11th Annual Thanksgiving Celebrations & Awards Night – A presentation of the Foundation for Pluralism & The World Muslim Congress. Thanksgiving Celebrations & Awards Nite is our flagship event. If you are interested in participating as a volunteer, sponsor and as an attendee, please send the info to:info@foundationforpluralism.com

We are looking to have 5 Cultural dances presented as a part of the evening, we are looking for thefollowing: 1) Native American 2) Russian  3) Latin American  4) African Tribal and 5) Greek. Over the last 10 events we have done most of the dances and it is time for the above. New ideas are always welcome

PRESS RELEASE:

DALLAS, Texas. September 12th, 2007. The 11th Annual Thanksgiving Celebrations & Awards Night is set for Sunday, November 25th at 5:00 PM in Dallas, Texas. The event is an expression of the Foundation for Pluralism, Center for Studies in Religious pluralism and Secular Societies.

“The purpose of celebrating this event is to thank God for helping us learn to accept, respect and appreciate each other’s uniqueness and;

  1. Give thanks for the blessed life we all enjoy in these United States of America.
  2. Celebrate the diversity of God’s creation and enjoying the cultural heritage of each ethnic group.
  3. Appreciate and recognize outstanding volunteers in each community.
  4. Gather together as Immigrant Americans with naturally born Americans in celebrating this wonderful holiday.
  5. For many of the immigrants it is an introduction to the American way of life.

Thanksgiving celebrations & Awards Night brings together the diverse ethnic, social, civic and religious communities of Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex. In the last 10 celebrations every spiritual group including the American Indian, Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikh, Tao, Wicca, Oloriya, Zoroastrian and others divine communities have participated. This year we intend to reach out to every possible tradition that we can trace and together we can celebrate. Additionally, our invitees include people from different nationalistic /ethnic ancestries. Our Mayors and Public and civic representatives will be invited as well.

The uniqueness of the program is highlighted with the Turkey Carving ceremony, followed by Dinner. In previous years, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Congressman Pete Sessions, Mayor Morris Parrish, and 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 added 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 Indians 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 31,2005 for consideration.

Sponsorships are invited to defray the cost of the event

For more information contact Mike Ghouse at (214) 325-1916 or thanksgivingcelebrations@gmail.com

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