Event dubbed largest Arab American political gathering in state
DEARBORN ó About 625 people gathered at a banquet hall in Dearborn on Friday to celebrate ten years of services from an influential group of community organizers. The Arab American Political Action Committee’s 10th Annual Dinner was scheduled right before local elections, as the event is every year, to kick off a get-out-the-vote campaign.
|Michigan’s House Speaker Andy Dillon speaking at AAPAC 10 annual banquet on November 2, 2007|
|Congressman Dennis Kucinich and wife Elezibath were honored by the group.|
|A framed document recognizing the groupís ten years of contributions was presented to AAPAC by State Representatives Polidori, Dillon, Morris Hood III and Bob Constan, signed by Governor Jennifer Granholm|
AAPAC was founded in January of 1998 by a group of Arab American professionals to organize and encourage the political activities of Arab Americans. A non-partisan organization, AAPAC prepares, advises and supports Arab American candidates for political office and encourages and assists Arab Americans to pursue public service careers in all branches of the government. A careful endorsement process each year results in a slate of endorsements recommended by AAPAC and distributed to the community. After the scheduled speeches at Fridayís event, Polidori took over the microphone, surprising AAPAC members with a special tribute on behalf of the state. A framed document recognizing the groupís ten years of contributions was presented to AAPAC by State Representatives Polidori, Dillon, Morris Hood III and Bob Constan, signed by Governor Jennifer Granholm.
|State Representative Gino Polidori and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy were presented with public service awards. Local business owner Moussa Kaddouh and local student Abbas Alawieh were presented with community service and youth leadership awards|
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