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Big Name, Big Hopes for Arabic Cultural Center

Arab American Affairs Magazine, News Report, Caterina Haiek Posted: Feb 15, 2009

The Lebanese American Foundation (LAF) recently announced the establishment of its Board of Trustees under the leadership of Dr. Ray R. Irani.

LAF Chairman Dr. H. John Shammas and president Kanan Hamzeh said that the Board of Trustees (BOT) will have three major objectives:

*To advise the LAF's board of directors on the mission, vision, and value

*To ensure that the diverse structure of the board is maintained.

*To provide major financial support for the establishment and operation of the future House of Lebanon.

The members of the Board of Trustees will be selected by Irani, well-known throughout the world as the chairman of Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum Corp. Irani is expected to recruit community leaders in recognition of their dedication, contribution, generosity, and hard work on behalf of the "House of Lebanon" to serve as a cultural center in Los Angeles.

"We are full of hope that the establishment of the Board of Trustees will bring us closer to finding a home for the House of Lebanon that we can all be proud of," said Shammas.

The daily operations of the House of Lebanon will continue to be managed by the board of directors and officers of the LAF, which is a California non-profit public benefit corporation founded in Los Angeles in 2000 to benefit all Lebanese Americans and their friends. The goals of the group include the establishment and management of the House of Lebanon as a cultural center in Los Angeles, strengthening ties with the rest of the American public, acting as a medium of communication between the people of California and Lebanon, and preserving Lebanese culture.

Contact the Lebanese American Foundation at1800 Century Park East, Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90067, (310)789-5867, www.houseoflebanon.com.

Caterina Haiek is a writer for Arab American Affairs Magazine.

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