DALLAS – The 2011 edition of the DFW International community Alliance dinner with Mayors clearly redefined diversity. The dinner which held at the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church Dallas featured a mixture of diverse entertainment that created a rich colorful ambiance just as the Mayors interacted freely with guests. About 450 guests including 22 Mayors attended the annual international dinner.
The event also featured a diverse array of contributions towards the four course dinner Menu, Cultural beverages and desserts. The menu comprised of “Ceviche” from Colombia, “Bihun Goreng” from Indonesia, “Injera with Wat” from Ethiopia/Eritrea and “Biryani” from India/Pakistan. The beverages also included Yerba Mate-Argentina, Bunn-Ethiopia, Es Cendol-Indonesia, Sorrel-Nigeria and Bubble-Taiwan.
Highlights of the dinner with Mayors also featured “New American Success Stories” by Betru Gebregziabher (Community), Sofije Kusari (Refugees), Miriam Rodriguez (Education) and Ralph Hooda (Philanthropy). Performances by students of the Garland ISD, Bafu Cultural group of Cameroon and the National anthem rendition by Shawn Belton also formed part of the special sessions.
DFW International Community alliance is the portal to international North Texas, a region in which 44% of the residents are New Americans of first or second generation. Its a network of over 1,600 internationally focused organizations in the Dallas Fort Worth community that embodies the cultural and ecoomic vibrancy of the global community.
Anne Marie Weiss-Armush founded DFW international in 1998 and currently serves as President. She has produced the Dallas International festival for 12 years and has added the “Fiesta Latino americana” and African Unity Festival to the Organizations initiatives.
by Tosan Aduayi, Ozii Obiyo and Raliat Akinlolu for Trendy Africa Media. Trendy Africa has been an official media partner to DFW Alliance International since 2008.
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