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Pars Equality Center's 1st Annual Los Angeles Autumn Gala Features Popular Persian Pop Band The Black Cats

Press Release by Pars Equality Center (PEC)

Emmy-winning Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo and Actor/Playwright Houshang Touzie
Named Masters of Ceremonies for First LA Fundraising Event

LOS ANGELES (September 2, 2014) - On Saturday, September 13, 2014, Pars Equality Center (PEC) ( - a non-profit organization, and the first of its kind supporting the full integration of people of Persian (Iranian) origin in the United States - will celebrate its 1st Annual Autumn Gala at the Hilton Universal Hotel in Universal City. Over 350 influential and VIP guests from LA and the Bay Area will gather for an evening of festivities and celebration while raising awareness and funds for the Iranian American community in need.   Funds raised at this yearly event go towards the continued funding of the Center’s social and legal programs. Masters of Ceremonies for the evening are Iranian actress Shohreh AghdashlooEmmy®-winning (“House of Saddam”) and Oscar-nominated (“House of Sand and Fog”); and Iranian actor/playwright and husband Houshang Touzie (“Argo”).

The Gala, kicking off at 7:00pm, will feature a live performance by renowned Persian band Black Cats. Formed in Iran in the mid-1960s, and having performed in iconic arenas across the globe, they are the longest-standing band in the Persian music industry.  They blend traditional upbeat Persian pop music with a variety of alternative music genres.

In addition to a silent auction, there will be music, dancing, raffles and surprise guests.  The evening will also include a delicious Persian dinner and desserts, catered by Badri Abrishami.

PEC executive director and founder Bita Daryabari says, “We are honored to be working with the community in the Los Angeles area.  With the great success of our sold-out annual Nowruz (Persian New Year) Galas in the Bay area, Pars Equality Center is excited to now also host an annual Autumn Gala for its supporters in Southern California.  Whether its for American-born Iranians seeking help with securing employment or applying for college grants-or supporting the process to bring a dear family member over from Iran, we are here to help the entire community.”

Partners and sponsors for the Gala include Gail and Nariman Teymourian, Firouz Naderi, Pedram Salimpour, Farhad Mohit, Bobby Sarnevesht, Homa Sarshar and Shahrzad Ardalan, amongst others.

Headquartered in Menlo Park, PEC celebrated the official opening of its first Los Angeles office in September 2013.

Tickets are available online for $175 at via Kodoom. Sponsorship information is also available by contacting PEC’s L.A. office at 818- 616-3091 or

About Pars Equality Center: Founded by Bita Daryabari in 2010, Pars Equality Center (PEC) is a non-profit organization, and the first of its kind, supporting the full integration of people of Persian (Iranian) origin in the United States.  PEC provides social and legal support for all members of the Iranian-American community, including refugees, asylees, immigrants and the American-born. The Center advocates for more positive perceptions of Persians in the U.S. media, while offering services and programs that help establish, integrate and support Iranian-Americans so that they are able to function responsibly and productively in American society. Daryabari’s aim is to create a more just and compassionate community in which Iranians of all cultures and beliefs can participate. Based in Menlo Park, PEC opened its second office in San Jose in April 2012 and opened its third location in Los Angeles in September 2013.

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