Photos from the LABSC 2013 Gala

The LABSC heralded in the summer with our most memorable 2013 Gala as we honored our esteemed Superior Court Judge, the Honorable James Kaddo, on June 7th at the enchanting Taglyan Center in Hollywood. The “Night at the Opera” was most magical with its honoree, government officials, community leaders, friends, family and invited guests. The LABSC board worked diligently in presenting the “Distinguished Service Award’ to Judge Kaddo with music, merriment and mirth. All of our guests were entertained by Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef’s talented singers and instrumentalists, the “Ambassadors of Harmony”, who showcased arias, duets, trios and medleys from famous operas and musical theatre.

A debt of gratitude is extended to the gala committee for an incredible job. Our co-chairs Amira Matar and Talal Baydoun’s dedication, tireless efforts, organizational skills, attentive ears, and extensive experience brought forth a seamless gala that impressed all who attended! Wafa Hoballah, Tony and Najwa Morillo, Ara Kalfayan, Tommy Tedros, Camille Alick & Janet Elliott, Joanna Nachef and Luis Salazar (our intern) were the committee members that gave generously of their time, resources and talents to facilitate this award ceremony/fundraiser at the exquisite Taglyan Center.

We would also like to thank friends of LABSC for their generous donations, Dunia Daher with “DUNIA’S DESIGNS”, Dr. George Zoorob with “GOLD FINGER JEWELRY”, LEON ‘S FINE JEWELRY, Robby Matar with “E-TRIBUTE”, Roy Medawar with “DANGLING CARROT PRODUCTIONS”, Michel Medawar & Robert Medawar with “MEDAWAR FINE JEWELERS’ and Gary Taglyan with the “TAGLYAN CENTER”.

The attendance and support of our officials made the evening most special. We are most grateful to our beloved and eloquent Councilmember Dennis Zine for Emceeing the event and to our Consul General of Lebanon, his Excellency Johnny Ibrahim, Bishop Abdullah Zaidan, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, and Councilmember Ali Saleh for their tributes and attendance.

To our community, we are most appreciative of your support and attendance and for making this night a memorable one. It was a thrill to see that all our guests enjoyed this new gala concept at this magnificent setting as we honored our esteemed judge, and raised funds for our student-exchange projects.

If you would like to see more photos of the event, please follow this link: LABSC 2013 Gala Photos

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Invitation to the 2013 Los Angeles Beirut Sister Cities Gala

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On Friday, June 7th, 2013, we will be hosting our 2013 Gala honoring James Kaddo, Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, with the Distinguished Service Award. Please download and view the invitation above for information on the location, ticket prices, and further details. The event will also feature a “Night at the Opera” with a variety of performing acts. The deadline for tickets is Friday, May 31, 2013, so please make reservations as soon as possible.

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Invitation to the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Beirut Sister Cities Gala

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On September 25th, 2010, we will be hosting our 2nd Annual Gala honoring Councilmember Tom LaBonge. If you would like to attend, please call (323) 465-6591, or email us at Ticket price is $125 per person. If you would like to advertise in our ad book and reach over 300 people attending this banquet, please click here. Please make the checks out to L.A.-Beirut Sister Cities Committee and send them to 1322 North McCadden Place, North Hollywood, CA 90028. Business attire required. Donations are accepted.

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Carnegie Hall

On May 20th, 2010, choirs from Lebanon and U.S. joined together to perform Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York under the direction of Conductor Joanna Medawar Nachef. This performance went very well and the audience was very impressed by the talent and charisma of the choirs. It has fostered the historic joining of choristers from the U.S. and Lebanon, a first on the stage of the legendary Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.

The choruses from Lebanon are American University Choir of Beirut; The Antonine University Choir, Hadath-Baabda; and Notre Dame University-Louaize Choir. The other choirs performing the Mozart work are California Academy of Math & Science Choir, Carson, CA; El Camino College Chorale, El Camino College Concert Choir, Los Cancioneros Master Chorale, and Voce Angelicus, from Torrance, CA, all directed by Dr. Nachef.

Dr. Nachef, the first, and to date only, female conductor from the Middle East, made her second conducting appearance at Carnegie Hall. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, she moved to Los Angeles in 1977. She is the Director of Choral Activities at El Camino College. She earned a B.M. in piano performance from California State University, Dominguez Hills; and a Master of Music degree in choral music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, both from the University of Southern California.

This performance could not have happened without the help of Los Angeles Beirut Sister Cities, who was a major sponsor. As a result, Dr. Nachef, who is currently serving as Vice President on the Board for Los Angeles Beirut Sister Cities, was given the opportunity to conduct at Carnegie Hall again.

Congratulations to all the choirs for a job well done and to Dr. Nachef for bringing together the American and Lebanese choirs under the language of music at Carnegie Hall. We truly appreciate everyone’s hard work and dedication and will be expecting more great things in the future!


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Grove 2010

On June 27th, several Sister Cities of Los Angeles performed at the Grove. Representing the Los Angeles Beirut Sister Cities was Maha & Co., a Southern California-based dance company dedicated to cultural awareness through movement experimentation in traditional and fusion dance forms. They performed folk dances from Lebanon.
Amira Matar represented LABSC at the Grove and gave a few words about our organization. Joining us at the performance was Dr. Shafika Al Awad, Cultural Attache of Kuwait, along with Iman Mroueh and her sister, Mona.

We hope those who joined us at the Grove had a great time and we will keep you guys updated on more upcoming performances.

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Mission Statement

The Los Angeles Beirut Sister City Committee was established to create a bridge of understanding and friendship between the residents of these two great cities, and to foster cultural, social, and business exchanges.

Sisterly ties were initiated on August 27, 2005 by Los Angeles Council Member Dennis Zine and Council President Eric Garcetti when they introduced the Council Motion to start the process of making L.A. and Beirut Sister Cities. The formal recognition was established in a signing ceremony at Nicholas Sursock Palace on June 30, 2006. Representing Beirut was Abdulmonem Al-Aris, Former President of the Beirut City Council, and former VP of the Beirut City Council, Tawfic Kfoury.

The Los Angeles-Beirut Sister City Committee is a non-sectarian, non-political organization allowing all who wish to foster goodwill between the two cities to contribute to that goal. Your contribution and support is encouraged.

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Visit to LA City Hall

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Recent Visit of Beirut Councilman Rami Halawani to Los Angeles

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2nd Annual LABSC Commemoration of the Installation of the Beirut Sign

LABSC Commemoration

On May 12th, 2008, the dream of LABSC was erected on First and Main. The Beirut Sign, boldly displaying the number of miles to its city, pointed to the home where a lot LABSC members’ heart is. To many, the sign is just another addition to the many signs on the pole attracting flashes from the cameras of tourists. But for some, the Beirut Sign symbolizes the fact that the Lebanese population in Los Angeles has made it and is here to make a positive impact at their home away from home.

The 2010 LABSC Commemoration celebrates the second year since the Beirut Sign has been installed. This year, we honored the Office of Councilmember Dennis P. Zine and his chief legislative deputy, Brian Perry, who played an integral role in helping us get the Beirut Sign up. He helped us present our documents correctly, taught us how to deal with the committees, and assisted us in maneuvering the paperwork. He was very thorough and made sure everything was in compliance legally. As a result, we were able to get the Beirut Sign installed in a very efficient manner. Without all his help, we could still be navigating through the legal channels blindly.

As we observe the second year of the Beirut Sign, we look forward to accomplishing more great things in the future. Although the Beirut Sign is a significant achievement, we, as LABSC, feel that there is still a lot more to be done. Look out for future events, and if you have any ideas or suggestions for LABSC, please let us know. We appreciate all the love and support.

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