Date posted: May 18, 2015
MELINDA GOTTLIEB / STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK
The Turkish Cultural Center of Staten Island (TCCSI), held its is Sixth Annual Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony at The Vanderbilt in South Beach on Thursday.
The Annual Friendship Dinner is the TCCSI’s signature annual event, bringing together a wide spectrum of non-profits, business owners, community leaders, academics and professionals on Staten Island.
The evening began with a reception featuring an exhibition and demonstration of Ebru Marble Art, the art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments on a pan of oily water and then transforming this pattern to paper.
Dr. Andrew Skotnicki from Manhattan College delivered both the welcoming and keynote speeches, in keeping with the theme for this year’s friendship dinner, “Building Peace through Interfaith Dialogue.”
This year, awards were presented in three different categories: Friendship Award — City Councilman Vincent M. Ignizio; Interfaith Dialoge Award — The Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina Sr., First Central Baptist Church; Community Service Award — Leticia Remauro, president and CEO of The Von Agency and former chairwoman of Community Board 1.
The Turkish Cultural Center of Staten Island is located at 1665 Richmond Rd., Dongan Hills, and is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting peace and harmony in diverse cultural settings.
Source: Silive.com , May 14, 2015