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The Hope of Iraq—an Evening of Music, Culture (Including a Rare Photographic Exhibition) and Food

The Hope of Iraq—an Evening of Music, Culture (Including a Rare Photographic Exhibition) and Food

WNDU ran a wonderful story on these students.


Education is the hope of every individual for a better life and of every country for a better future. Please help us support and celebrate the efforts of three young Iraqi students at Holy Cross and Saint Mary's Colleges, Friday January 29 from 7:30 PM until 9:30 PM. in St. Joseph Chapel on the campus of Holy Cross College. Enjoy an evening of music, culture, food and fun and get to know three extraordinary young people who have been displaced by war but continue striving to fulfill their dreams of a college education.

Karam Salem, Omar Rasheed, and Randa al-Assadi are three Iraqi students who are hoping to gain Michiana's assistance to continue their studies. During The Hope of Iraq, guests will enjoy the piano virtuosity of Karam, poetry readings by Omar and Randa, and see an important photographic documentary of Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan by international photographer and activist, Andrew Courtney. Enjoy food and fellowship and participate in a silent auction. The auction will include gifts supplied by local merchants as well as a framed photograph from the exhibition signed by the artist.

Proceeds from ticket sales and the auction will help support these students in their studies. Single adult tickets are $25, a family ticket is $40, and students are $3 at the door. Tickets are available in advance from Leslie Eid, coordinator of the support group for the Iraqi Student Project 574-514-1247, or from Dianne Reardon 574-239-8337 Director of the Holy Cross Center for Global Perspectives (196 Vincent Hall, HCC). This event is co-sponsored by the Iraqi Student Project of Michiana, Holy Cross College, and South Gateway Rotary Club.