ACCESS Holds 30th Anniversary Banquet May 5; Keynoter Dr. Arthur Johnson To Address Current State of Race and Ethnic Relations

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services

    DEARBORN, Mich., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, May 5, 2001, the
 Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) will hold its
 30th Anniversary Banquet, "Honoring our Heritage ... Building the Future," at
 Cobo Conference Center in Detroit.
     The high-profile event brings together 2,500 national, state and local
 business, professional, academic and political leaders to build awareness of
 ACCESS' three decades of providing health and human services in Southeastern
 Michigan.  The annual dinner is the largest Arab American event in the country
 and the second largest sit-down dinner in Michigan.
     With recent reports that the Detroit area is among the least integrated in
 the nation, the banquet program features prominent civil rights activist, Dr.
 Arthur Johnson, former president of the Detroit Branch NAACP, as keynote
 speaker.  He will address the current state of race and ethnic relations in
 our area, particularly between Arab Americans and African Americans.
     In addition, ACCESS will present its Arab American of the Year Awards to
 the Mosaic Foundation and the National Arab American Medical Association for
 their charitable outreach in the U.S. and internationally.  The Mosaic
 Foundation is a non-profit organization comprised of the spouses of the 17
 Middle Eastern Ambassadors to the U.S.  NAAMA is a professional organization
 comprised of 2,700 physicians of Arabic descent.  The renowned Wendell Harris
 Trio and the Arabic music group, Sun Band, will entertain.
     ACCESS provides 50 different programs in the areas of employment and
 training, youth and education, community health and mental health, social
 services and cultural arts.
     Within the last year, ACCESS has achieved some major milestones:
     *  Named "Detroit's Best-Managed Non-Profit" in the annual Crain's Detroit
 Business contest, underscoring ACCESS' reputation as a reliable and efficient
 steward of the public's trust.
     *  Established the private, for-profit corporation, ACCESS Staffing, to
 help employers find a diversified, well qualified workforce.
     *  Launched the ACCESS Center for Victims of Torture.
 
     In its 30 years, ACCESS has served over 200,000 people of Arab and non-
 Arab descent.  Ismael Ahmed, ACCESS executive director, said, "ACCESS
 continues to help the many people who have not yet achieved the promise of
 this society.  That's why ACCESS continues to require the financial and moral
 support of businesses and individuals in our region to expand its services,
 particularly in the areas of community health, youth and education, and
 cultural arts.  ACCESS is the largest and oldest Arab American human services
 agency in the country.  In Southeastern Michigan, there are over 300,000
 people of Arabic descent.
     More information and tickets for the May 5 event are available by phoning
 Rose Assi at 313-842-7010.  A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible.
 
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SOURCE Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services
    DEARBORN, Mich., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, May 5, 2001, the
 Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) will hold its
 30th Anniversary Banquet, "Honoring our Heritage ... Building the Future," at
 Cobo Conference Center in Detroit.
     The high-profile event brings together 2,500 national, state and local
 business, professional, academic and political leaders to build awareness of
 ACCESS' three decades of providing health and human services in Southeastern
 Michigan.  The annual dinner is the largest Arab American event in the country
 and the second largest sit-down dinner in Michigan.
     With recent reports that the Detroit area is among the least integrated in
 the nation, the banquet program features prominent civil rights activist, Dr.
 Arthur Johnson, former president of the Detroit Branch NAACP, as keynote
 speaker.  He will address the current state of race and ethnic relations in
 our area, particularly between Arab Americans and African Americans.
     In addition, ACCESS will present its Arab American of the Year Awards to
 the Mosaic Foundation and the National Arab American Medical Association for
 their charitable outreach in the U.S. and internationally.  The Mosaic
 Foundation is a non-profit organization comprised of the spouses of the 17
 Middle Eastern Ambassadors to the U.S.  NAAMA is a professional organization
 comprised of 2,700 physicians of Arabic descent.  The renowned Wendell Harris
 Trio and the Arabic music group, Sun Band, will entertain.
     ACCESS provides 50 different programs in the areas of employment and
 training, youth and education, community health and mental health, social
 services and cultural arts.
     Within the last year, ACCESS has achieved some major milestones:
     *  Named "Detroit's Best-Managed Non-Profit" in the annual Crain's Detroit
 Business contest, underscoring ACCESS' reputation as a reliable and efficient
 steward of the public's trust.
     *  Established the private, for-profit corporation, ACCESS Staffing, to
 help employers find a diversified, well qualified workforce.
     *  Launched the ACCESS Center for Victims of Torture.
 
     In its 30 years, ACCESS has served over 200,000 people of Arab and non-
 Arab descent.  Ismael Ahmed, ACCESS executive director, said, "ACCESS
 continues to help the many people who have not yet achieved the promise of
 this society.  That's why ACCESS continues to require the financial and moral
 support of businesses and individuals in our region to expand its services,
 particularly in the areas of community health, youth and education, and
 cultural arts.  ACCESS is the largest and oldest Arab American human services
 agency in the country.  In Southeastern Michigan, there are over 300,000
 people of Arabic descent.
     More information and tickets for the May 5 event are available by phoning
 Rose Assi at 313-842-7010.  A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible.
 
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