DFW International Dinner with Nine Mayors

For Immediate Release
Thursday Sept. 3, 2009
Contact: Anne Marie Weiss-Armush
DFW International Community Alliance


DFW International Community Alliance announces the second DFW International Dinner with keynote speaker Mayor Tom Leppert of Dallas on Thursday, September 10, 2009.  The dinner will be held at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Road at 6 pm and will include a banquet featuring 17 courses from around the world with a Parade of Nations with flags from 70 countries. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased online or by phone.

Other mayors attending the dinner are
Joe Chow - Mayor of Addison               Dr. Carrie Gordon - Mayor of Balch Springs
Herb Gears - Mayor of Irving               John Harper - Mayor of Rowlett
Ron Jones - Mayor of Garland              Ron Branson - Mayor of Carrollton
David Green - Mayor of Duncanville    Gary Slagel - Mayor of Richardson

Our international communities will be formally recognized as significant and important contributors when Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert addresses international business and community leaders.  Topics will include the ways New Americans enhance the international image of our area and the roles they play in our cultural/economic development.

Dr. Elba Garcia, Honorary Chair and former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem, said “While serving on the Dallas City Council, I have seen major changes in the dynamics of the city and the entire Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. While most of these changes captured the attention of the media, local governments and citizenry, none was as dramatic and important to our future as was the Census Figures indicating that over 40% of the entire population in North Texas was immigrants and their families. This dinner with the mayors and the international leaders of our ethnic groups is a testimony to how we are growing and evolving. North Texas is truly becoming a global village.”

The 17 course dinner will feature cuisine provided by various local ethnic restaurants owned by immigrants from Mexico, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Morocco, India, Thailand, Cuba, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Norway, China, and Nepal. There will also be global entertainment from Mexico, Cameroon, Paraguay, Eritrea, and China along with door prizes reflecting local cultural communities. Beverage sponsors are Ben E. Keith and Barefoot Wine.

DFW International Community Alliance is the portal for global North Texas, a network of 1,600 of the region’s ethnic and internationally-focused civic, community and educational organizations.  The organization promotes and links North Texas ethnic and immigrant groups through its website and cultural calendar at www.dfwinternational.org, that receives over two million hits a month.  For more details about the organization, see the media page HERE.