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04/20/15

Pars Equality Center Celebrates 5th Anniversary with the Official Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Daryabari Iranian Community Center

Source: Pars Equality Center (PEC)


(L-R) Chamber rep Rita Archer, Evan Low, CA State Assemblymember, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Bita Daryabari, Executive Director, Pars Equality Center, Matt Mahood, San Jose Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Dave Cortese, President, Board of Supervisors, Johnny Khamis, Council member, District 10, Edesa Bitbadal, San Jose Planning Commisssioner, Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco Sheriff, Ash Kalra, Council member, District 2, Chamber rep Christopher Horton and Tam Nguyen, Council member, District 7 cut the ribbon at the Pars Equality Center's Daryabari Iranian Community Center Opening on April 16, 2015 in San Jose, California.
(Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for PARS EQUALITY CENTER)

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Pars Equality Center (PEC) - a Bay Area-based non-profit organization providing social and legal services to the Iranian-American community - celebrated its 5th Anniversary with the Official Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new Daryabari Iranian Community Center, located at 1635 The Alameda in San Jose. PEC is now headquartered in the new facility, making it the first and most comprehensive non-profit legal, social and community support center, providing direct services to Iranians and Persian speakers in the United States. CA State Assemblymember Evan Low presented a Certificate of Recognition on behalf of the California Legislature Assembly, and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Dave Cortese (President, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors) presented commendations to founder and executive director Bita Daryabari and her team for the new Community Center.


SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 16: (L-R) Evan Low, CA State assemblymember presents Bita Daryabari Executive Director, Pars Equality Center with an Assembly Certificate of Recognition plaque at the Pars Equality Center's Daryabari Iranian Community Center Opening on April 16, 2015 in San Jose, California.
(Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for PARS EQUALITY CENTER)

Daryabari welcomed guests-thanking the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council of Boy Scouts of America who brought out 9-year-old cub scout Daniel Polous and 7-year-old daisy scout Abigail Polous to lead guests in the pledge of allegiance-stating, "It is through organizations like yours that the next generation of minds can be shaped to increase better cross-cultural understanding."

Low, the youngest assemblymember in California State Legislature, stated, "For the young people in the audience here today, let this be a symbol and a reminder about the importance and strength of our diversity and the continued work to ensure that we understand the meaning of culture and what it means to be a resident of California-and what it means to be an American."

Mayor Liccardo stated, "We are so proud to have this Center here. In the City of San Jose, 40% of our adult population was born in a foreign country and that is the secret sauce of our success in Silicon Valley. We have a community that is very much the front door for the United States. It imposes on us an obligation to reach out to ensure that whatever extraordinary opportunity is available here is communicated in multiple languages and made available to all regardless of cultural and economic barriers. And the Persian community has been so incredibly important in this valley and has enriched our community in so many ways."

President Cortese echoed the Mayor's sentiment commenting on the region as a global portal and how this Center is helping those who are arriving here.

Additional elected government officials and dignitaries were in attendance, including San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi; Edesa Bitbadal (San Jose Planning Commissioner); Council members Ash Kalra (District 2), Johnny Khamis (District 10), Tam Nguyen (District 7), Pierluigi Oliverio (District 6), and Raul Peralez (District 3); and Matt Mahood (President & CEO Silicon Valley San Jose Chamber of Commerce).

A coffee and tea reception was held as guests arrived for the 6 pm ceremony. Immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony, guests were invited inside the Center for catered Persian cuisine and pastries.

The new community center spans 13,000 square feet, and now houses the San Jose Pars Equality Center offices, becoming the organization's central office, while also offering extensive community programming. A new addition is the Senior Citizens Program, which includes yoga, meditation, cooking, backgammon and philosophy classes. The center is also proud to have an incredible roster of VIP Founding Members.

The opening was especially meaningful this year, as 2015 marks Pars Equality Center's 5th Anniversary since the 2010 inception by founder and executive director, Bita Daryabari.

About Pars Equality Center:

Founded by Bita Daryabari in 2010, the Pars Equality Center (PEC) is the first non-profit organization 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, 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 participate. Based in Menlo Park, PEC opened its second office in San Jose in April 2012, and a third location in Los Angeles in September 2013. PEC is headquartered in the new San Jose-based Daryabari Iranian Community Center, opening April 2015, making it the first and most comprehensive non-profit legal, social and community support center, providing direct services to Iranians in the United States.

Website: www.parsequalitycenter.org
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