Multimedia personality Kerri Kasem will be the master of ceremonies at House of Lebanon 2014 “Pride of Heritage” Banquet on April 5 at the Beverly Hilton.
Kerri Kasem is a radio and television host, producer and writer. She is the daughter of legendary radio host Casey Kasem. She has anchored a variety of music, talk and entertainment programs. Her nationally syndicated programs, including “Sixx Sense“ and “The Side Show Countdown” can be heard on over one hundred Rock/Alternative music stations in the USA and Canada.
Kasem is very excited to be part of House of Lebanon “Pride of Heritage” Gala”, which is benefiting the first Lebanese American Cultural Center in Los Angeles. “It is an incredible honor to be able to host such an incredible event with a great entertainment program,” said Kasem. “There is an emotional attachment to the event. It generates a sense of pride given my own Lebanese heritage.”
In support of the first Lebanese American Cultural Center in Los Angeles, House of Lebanon aims to reach a larger target audience for its 2014 “Pride of Heritage” banquet on April 5at the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom.
Mike Ahmar, President of House of Lebanon, said that the 2014 “Pride of Heritage” Gala “is unlike any previous events House of Lebanon has held.” in support of the new Cultural Center, House of Lebanon is raising the bar by presenting multiple Grammy-winning artist Natalie Cole and holding the Banquet at the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom. The Ballroom is the largest venue in Beverly Hills where many awards shows, charity benefits, entertainment events are held, including the annual Golden Globe Awards.
House of Lebanon is proud to present multiple Grammy-winning recording artist Natalie Cole at our 2014 “Pride of Heritage” Gala Banquet on April 5, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton.
“We are extremely pleased to have the distinguished R&B and Jazz vocalist, Natalie Cole, take the stage at our“Pride of Heritage” Banquet”, said Dr. Paul Wakim, Chairman of the 2014 Pride of Heritage Banquet. “Pride of Heritage” Banquet is House of Lebanon main annual event. “This year’s banquet is extra special and important to us. We are celebrating House of Lebanon’s newly obtained facility where the first Lebanese American Cultural Center is being established and developed”, explained Wakim. “We want our “Pride of Heritage” Banquet to be grand, of high quality, and magical. That’s why we reached out to Natalie Cole.”
Judge James Kaddo, Chairman of Board of Directors at House of Lebanon, invites Lebanese Americans and the whole community to come on board and take the stage at House of Lebanon 2014 “Pride of Heritage” Banquet on April 5, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton.
This year’s banquet symbolizes not only the celebration of obtaining a physical space for House of Lebanon to develop the first Lebanese American Cultural Center in Los Angeles, but also, and most importantly, celebrating the success of the Lebanese community when they work together as a team. “We proved to ourselves that when we work together, we can purchase a spacious beautiful building on prestigious Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles to establish our cultural center”, said Judge Kaddo. The 2014 “Pride of Heritage” Banquet signifies that “House of Lebanon is going to the next level and to announce that the Lebanese have arrived”, expressed Judge Kaddo. “As individuals we are prominent people, we are highly educated, we are successful, and we have made our mark on society.” It is time for us “to rise and shine as a Lebanese community and this year’s banquet is our stage.”
“Through the first Lebanese American Cultural Center in Los Angeles, we can project Lebanon’s heritage and rich culture, and find a common goal that makes us come together as one.”
By House of Lebanon
Any successful businessman can be a philanthropist, but few have matched Harry Nadjarian’s blend of vision, humility and aplomb. As the annual “Pride of Heritage” Gala Banquet approaches on Saturday, April 5, 2014, the House of Lebanon leadership felt it was due time to provide the community with an in-depth look at the 2014 Ray R. Irani “Pride of Heritage” award recipient, Mr. Harry Nadjarian.
Sitting in his office in Burbank, surrounded with framed pictures of his family, or as he described, “his real wealth and most valued investment,” Mr. Nadjarian reveals the true motivation behind his philanthropy. The interview has been edited for length.
It is an exhilarating time for House of Lebanon this year! Benefiting the first Lebanese American Cultural Center in Los Angeles and honoring Mr. Harry Nadjarian, we are stepping up the level of energy and excitement at our “Pride of Heritage” Banquet by featuring The New Wayne Foster Dance Orchestra on April 5, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton!
With the goal of turning our “Pride of Heritage” Banquet into a high energetic event, we reached out to The New Wayne Foster Dance Orchestra, “legendary masters of events and musical Entertainment experience” for over 60 years! The program will include a “variety of musical genres blending the generations”, said Bonnie Foster, Producer/Emcee/CFO (Chief Fun Officer). Bonnie Foster is the youngest daughter of superstar pianist and entertainer Wayne Foster – who’s love and passion for music inspired him to become a great pianist despite being born completely blind- and Marin Foster, his wife and executive producer. Bonnie gets excited about each event she produces. “We will have a wonderful variety of classic and contemporary music that suits every age and taste for guests to enjoy, listen and dance to! Our musicians, vocalists, and dancers will absolutely uplift the atmosphere!”
2014 “Pride of Heritage” Banquet Honoring Harry Nadjarian and Benefiting Lebanese American Cultural Center
In an effort to benefit and fully renovate the newly purchased Lebanese American cultural center, House of Lebanon is excitedly planning its annual “Pride of Heritage” Gala Banquet scheduled on April 5, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel! This year, we are honoring humanitarian efforts of Mr. Harry Nadjarian by presenting him with House of Lebanon Ray R. Irani Award. Mr. Nadjarian is a philanthropic and civic leader. His steady and strong support for the Lebanese American Foundation is helping us advance forward into achieving our goal for the cultural center.
Our cultural center has been acquired after 13 long years of fundraising, but the work has just begun. “Much work is needed to realize our vision and long lived dream to have the first Lebanese American cultural center in Los Angeles”, Said Mike Ahmar, President of the Lebanese American Foundation. “We are still raising funds to renovate the center and fully develop educational and cultural programs.” House of Lebanon envisions a beautifully renewed space that projects Lebanon’s culture via art, history, folklore, language and other cultural and educational programs.
The First Lebanese American Cultural Center in Los Angeles
After 13 years of fundraising efforts, The Lebanese American Foundation (LAF) was able to purchase and fully pay for a new property to house one of the nation’s first urban Los Angeles-based Lebanese American cultural and educational centers.
“We are very proud of our ambitious accomplishment”, expressed Mike Ahmar, President of the Lebanese American Foundation. “It took 13 years to raise the necessary funds to purchase the new center.” He explained how “the idea was ignited by many Lebanese Americans who live in Southern California” who desired to have a cultural center to preserve and celebrate Lebanon’s heritage and rich culture.