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:
We are looking to have 5
Cultural dances presented as a part of the evening, we are
looking for the
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
The 11th Annual Thanksgiving Celebrations & Awards Night is set for
Sunday, November 25th at 5 in Dallas, Texas. The event is an expression of
the Foundation for Pluralism, Center for Studies in Religious pluralism and
"The purpose of
celebrating this event is to thank God for helping us learn to accept, respect
and appreciate each otherís uniqueness and;
thanks for the blessed life we all enjoy in these United States of America.
the diversity of God's creation and enjoying the cultural heritage of each
and recognize outstanding volunteers in each community.
together as Immigrant Americans with naturally born Americans in celebrating
this wonderful holiday.
many of the immigrants it is an introduction to the American way of life. †
& 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
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 Kingís
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;† Godís land, where all Godís 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
2005 for consideration.
Sponsorships are invited
to defray the cost of the event †
By Invitation only - Persons representing
every ethnicity, race and faith including denominations, Civic
and community leaders.
WHAT: 1) Celebration of
Thanksgiving & Awards Night - Recognition of contributions made
by individuals and communities - 2005 Recipients: Jewish
Community and Martin Luther King 2) Cultural Extravaganza -
Elaborate dances from Native American Indians, Russian, Mexican,
African and Indian. 3) Thanksgiving Dinner - Sit down Dinner
Thompson-Frenk, Memnosyne Foundation
are invited - Grand Sponsor $5,000.00 | Gold Sponsor $2,500 |
Silver Sponsor $1,250 | Table Sponsors $500
Becky Miller - Mayor of
Carrollton, Bob Townsend - Councilman, City of Richardson, Lupe
Gonzales- FBI Chief, Reverend Perry Crenshaw, Esther Davis of Esther
Davis Show, Cheryl Smith, Dr. Mohammad Khalid, Leon Levine,
Mary Ann Thompson
Regina Rafraf, Bill Matthews,
Swami Nityananda Prabhu, Dr. Imam Zia Kavakci, Veena Daulat,
Leon Levine, Mary Ann Thompson, Poras Balsara, Dr. Harbans Lal
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