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2017 Mayors' Ramadan Unity Dinner, July 13

Published: Friday, 30 Jun 2017
Author: Galena Marie Rhew Ostipow
Department: Center for Gender in Global Context

Mayors Virg Bernero of Lansing and Mark Meadows of East Lansing will host the 11th Annual Mayors' Ramadan Unity Dinner - "United in Strength - Solidarity Against Hunger" on Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Debbie Almontaser, CEO and founder of Bridging Cultures Group, Inc. founder and former principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy and Board President of the Muslim Community Network.

The deadline for purchasing tickets for this event is Friday, July 7, 2017. Prices for tickets are:

Students - $15
Individual - $25
Family - $80 per family of 4

The mission of the Ramadan Unity Dinner is to bring awareness to the plight of hunger and promote a better understanding of how communities can impart hope and help feed those that experience hunger. For the past ten years, this event has embraced all community members - regardless of faith - so they can unite and work together towards a common goal. It also gives those in the community an opportunity to demonstrate the importance of diversity and embrace the Muslim culture. The Ramadan observance is not only to purify the soul, but to also feel the pain of the hungry while abstaining from food and water. 

An essay contest will be featured where 9th to 12th graders and college students are asked to explore the theme "How do communities unite in Solidarity Against Hunger?" and find ways to combat hunger while keeping hope alive and strong.

For more information about the event, please visit the Ramadan Unity Dinner website. If you have any questions, please contact Emma Bostwick at 517-483-4141 by by email at Mayoreventslan(at)

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