By Ramin Takloo-Bighash
Sunday July 1, 2007, the Iranian-American
Cultural Society of Maryland (IACS) had its first public meeting for the
Little Persia Project. "Little
A captivated audience listened to the IACS board members as they presented
their goals and visions in creating the new IACS cultural center.
The aim of this gathering was to create awareness and excitement in the Iranian-American community about the project, and also to give the IACS the opportunity to collect financial contributions from interested individuals for the project. A ceiling of $1000 was placed on contributions to encourage all present to make a contribution regardless of their financial status.
The audience included faces from industry, business, academia, and the
The meeting started with a presentation prepared by the IACS Board of Directors. The presentation was based on the "Little Persia" booklet which gives the details of the project. This booklet starts with the mission statement of the project: "To establish a center that provides a venue for multicultural activities for preservation, appreciation, and reinforcement of Iranian art, music, and culture." It further provides information about the society: "The Iranian-American Cultural Society of Maryland ("IACS") is the oldest society of its kind in the
During the presentation, the IACS Board members, under the title of "A House of Our Own" explained the vision of the future IACS center, our house:
The new IACS Board of Directors recognized the two past IACS presidents,
Dr Mahvash Shahegh (1st from left), and Dr Majid Jahangiri (5th from the left)
for their continuous support.
The fund-raising was a complete success: almost everyone who attended the meeting made a financial contribution to the project. The IACS was able to raise more than $20,000. This amount was then supplemented by a contribution of $50,000 by the IACS from the past contributions of the members for this project.
The delicious four course dinner was another highlight of the meeting!
The meeting was then continued by dinner and music. The music was kindly provided by Mr. Parham Askari of the ARSA DJ Group free of charge.
The meeting ended with a message from the society:
Building the center is a fundamental cultural necessity. We owe it to ourselves, to our children, and to our children's children. We are convinced that this is feasible. We believe that our community has the potential, the talent, the energy, and the means to do what it takes for the center to become a reality. We solicit your support and help with this very important project.
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