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2012 East-West Awards Celebrate Visions of Cultural Diplomacy

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Dec 15 2012 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
$150/$200 per person Preferred seating
Tables $1,500 or $2,000 Preferred (up to 10 guests)
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Where: 
Beverly Hills Women's Club
1700 Chevy Chase Drive
Beverly Hills CA 90210

On Saturday, December 15th, 2012, the Levantine Cultural Center will hold its annual East-West Awards Gala at the Beverly Hill's Women's Club. The East-West Awards recognize the sustained efforts of outstanding individuals working in the United States to bridge political and religious divides that may exist between Americans and the Middle East/North Africa, whether through media, peace activism or interfaith unity.

The full program includes a red-carpet reception and silent auction, live music, comedy with Aron Kader, dinner and the awards ceremony. Distinguished honorees are Ms. Zainab Al-Suwaij, Dr. Reza Aslan, Rabbi Leonard Beerman, and mayoral candidate and Councilman Eric Garcetti, who are being honored for significant contributions in cultural diplomacy, relationship-buidling, interfaith alliances, and peace activism.

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All proceeds will benefit the Levantine Cultural Center, a 501(c)3 founded 11 years ago as a grassroots nonprofit organization that champions a greater understanding of the Middle East/North Africa and our communities in diaspora. This year's gala intends to raise capital to build a new, more self-sustaining cultural arts center for the Middle East and North Africa in Los Angeles. Southern California is home to the largest community of people from the Middle East and North Africa in the United States. It is high time that we had a multidisciplinary arts center that will serve as a focal point and hub for our many cultures.

Tickets are $150 general seating; $200 preferred. Tables are $1,500 general seating (up to 10 people) or $2,000 preferred. Only two sponsored tables are available (see below). First deadline for sponsorship agreement is Thursday, November 15th, 2012. Final deadline is Friday, November 30th, 2012. Final deadline for RSVP's is Friday, December 7th, 2012. For complete reservation and program information, visit this link.

Unable to attend? Please advertise in the Program Book to congratulate one of the honorees or the Levantine Cultural Center on its 11th year in the community, or send a tax-dedutible contribution to the below address.

For more information, please contact Rima at 310.657.5511 or rima@levantinecenter.org. Levantine Cultural Center is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, 91-2156607. Please make your check payable to Levantine Cultural Center: 5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035. 

About the honorees

Zainab Al-Suwaij • East West Vision of Peace Award
Zainab Al-Suwaij, a native of Iraq, is a co-founder of the American Islamic Congress (AIC), which works to change the discourse within both the American Muslim community and in the broader American society. She has been the AIC's Executive Director since its inception in 2001. In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks Zainab left her teaching position at Yale to launch AIC with the mission of building interfaith and interethnic understanding, and to represent the diversity of American Muslim life. Over the past decade, Zainab's leadership has expanded AIC into an international organization with six bureaus worldwide, including the U.S., Egypt, Iraq, and its newest location, Tunisia.

Dr. Reza Aslan • East-West Media Award An internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, Reza is the founder of AslanMedia.com, an online journal for news and entertainment about the Middle East and the world. Reza Aslan has degrees in Religions from Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He serves on the board of directors of the Ploughshares Fund, which gives grants for peace and security issues; Abraham's Vision, an educational, conflict transformation organization for Israeli and Palestinian youths; PEN USA, which champions the rights of writers under siege around the world. Reza Aslan has been a frequent guest on the Daily Show and many other cable news stations. His many books and edited anthologies are important contributions to the dialogue about Islam and the West, and US - Iran relations.He is now the Wallerstein Professor at Drew University's Center on Religion, Culture, and Conflict in New Jersey.

Rabbi Leonard Beerman • East-West Freedom Award
A rare blend of disciplined scholar and sensitive humanitarian, Rabbi Beerman was founding rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, where he served for over 37 years. Long active on subjects concerning peace and social justice, he co-chaired the Los Angeles Commission on Sweatshops, and co-founded the Interfaith Center to Reverse the Arms Race. Although deemed "controversial" by some, Rabbi Beerman holds tight to the belief that in the Middle East, there must be "justice for both Jews and Arabs, for Israelis and Palestinians."

Eric Garcetti • East-West Bridgebuilder Award
As the third-term councilmember serving the 13th Council District, Garcetti has shown that a commitment to the street-level health of the community is a necessary first step in creating positive change. A fourth-generation Angeleno, Eric Garcetti oversaw the economic and cultural revitalization of Hollywood, and helped bring thousands of new high wage jobs to Los Angeles and his district. His work has been recognized in dozens of awards, including the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award for Americans under 40 who are changing their communities with a commitment to public service. Prior to election, Garcetti taught public policy, diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College and the University of Southern California. Eric is being honored for his decisive role in the launch of the Los Angeles Beirut Sister City relationship, bridging Angelenos and Beirutis through business and cultural exchange

Four levels of sponsorship opportunities are available: 

BRIDGEBUILDER CIRCLE: $25,000
Recognition as a Founder and Lifetime Levantine Membership Full page color advertisement spread, 2 pages of 8"x10"
Reserved table of 10 at the Gala, with preferred seating
Engraved name on the Levantine Cultural Center donor's wall
Recognition in the Levantine Cultural Center monthly newsletter
Recognition on the Levantine Cultural Center homepage
Acknowledgement at the Gala Reception Dinner

DIRECTOR CIRCLE: $12,500
Recognition as a Founder and Lifetime Levantine Membership Back page color advertisement, 8"x10"
Reserved table of 8 at the Gala, with preferred seating
Engraved name on the Levantine Cultural Center donor's wall
Recognition in the Levantine Cultural Center monthly newsletter
Recognition on the Levantine Cultural Center homepage
Acknowledgement at the Gala Reception Dinner

AMBASSADOR CIRCLE: $5,000
Inside front cover color advertisement, 8"x10"
Reserved table of 8 at the Gala, with preferred seating Engraved name on the Levantine Cultural Center donor's wall
Recognition in the Levantine Cultural Center monthly newsletter
Recognition on the Levantine Cultural Center homepage
Acknowledgement at the Gala Reception Dinner

LEVANTINE CIRCLE: $2,500
Inside back cover color advertisement, 8"x10"
Reserved table of 8 at the Gala, with preferred seating Engraved name on the Levantine Cultural Center donor's wall
Recognition in the Levantine Cultural Center monthly newsletter
Recognition on the Levantine Cultural Center homepage
Acknowledgement at the Gala Reception Dinner