|Guests enjoy a traditional Arabic dance, the debke. PHOTOS: Nafeh AbuNab/TAAN|
The event celebrated the spirit of the March 8 holiday and recognized not only American Arab women in the community and abroad but also women in general and their importance to society.
Five students were given savings bonds for scholarships as winners in an essay contest about International Women's Day: Issra Kilawi (1st place), Hannan Yahya (2nd place), Ismahan Ali (3rd place), Rana Haimot (4th place) and Zana Asloum (5th place). Special gifts were given to women in attendance as well as an award to The Arab American News for community support. Art for the event was donated by Ilham Badreddine and a traditional fashion show was also held, with special recognition given to Lebanese singer Fadwa Obeid.
|Dr. Daad Katato speaking at the event.|