to Celebrate our International Ethnic Communities

For Immediate Release
April 1, 2011
Contact: Anne Marie Weiss-Armush
DFW International Community Alliance

Thirty-eight North Texas mayors have been invited by DFW International Community Alliance to participate in a dinner on Tuesday, June 14 that celebrates the contributions of New Americans to the DFW area.  Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia is the Honorary Chair of this fourth annual dinner, which will be held at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood Rd, at 6 pm. In 2010 twenty-three mayors participated, and this year the flags of 75 nations will be presented during the event. The DFW International Dinner with the Mayors is open to the public and tickets are available for $100 from the webpage, or by calling 972-965-5727.

According to the US Census data collected in the recent DFW Today report prepared by DFW International Community Alliance, a total of 2,447,053 North Texans are either foreign-born or the children of immigrants.  Two hundred thirty nine languages are spoken in the metroplex, and in 29.3% of the region's homes, English is not the language spoken normally spoken.

Honorary Chair and member of the DFW International Advisory Board, Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia says, “As Honorary Chair and Advisory Board member for DFW International Community Alliance, we invite you to continue writing the history of International Dallas by joining the mayors of the DFW metropolitan municipalities and more than 70 international communities as we come together to share our diverse and wonderful cultures and move forward in building a vibrant international community in the DFW area.”

The evening’s emcee will be Raul Mateo, Director of Diversity and Community Outreach at SMU Meadow School of the Arts, and MillerCoors Latino Líder of the year.  Raul says, "Education is the most important issue to most New Americans, which make up 44% of residents in our area. Government alone can’t solve the educational crisis affecting our country; it will take all of us working together with our elected officials to improve the quality of education for our children. Join us at the 2011 Dinner with our Mayors on June 14th and become part of the movement.”  

DFW International Dinner with the Mayors
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood Rd
$100 for individual ticket, $900 for community table, tickets available from
6:00 pm   reception with cultural program
6:30 pm   photos with the mayors
7:00 pm   Parade of Nations with flags representing New Americans from 75 countries
7:25 pm   five course international banquet

DFW International Community Alliance
is the portal for global North Texas, a network of 1,600 of the regions ethnic and internationally-focused civic, community and educational organizations.  Its mission is to build mutual understanding and respect by linking diverse international cultural communities. The organization promotes and links North Texas global groups through its website and cultural calendar at .  For more details about DFW International Community Alliance, see the media page HERE  or call 972-661-2764.