Holiday Raffle

Dear ATA-DC Members and Friends,

We would like to thank all ATA-DC members for their overwhelming interest in our holiday raffle. Here is the list of raffle winners:

$100 Visa Gift Card - Darrell Zimmerman
$50 Agora Gift Card - Wendy Grieder
$50 Ezme Gift Card - Mustafa Akkoyunlu
$30 Rosemary Thymes Gift Card - Itir Karaesmer Aydin
$25 Acacia Bistro Gift Card - Esra Kalci
$25 Levantes Gift Card - Serpil Karakaya
Turkish Cuisine Cookbook – Demet Bayezit Sabzevari
Turkish Coffee Cups 1 - Emel Yildirim
Turkish Coffee Cups 2 - Zekiye Karatoprak
Decorative Turkish Plates 1 - Orhan Suleiman
Decorative Turkish Plates 2 - Pelin Gunay

We also extend our gratitude who joined Turkish Airlines ticket raffle to help raise money for children in Van and ATA-DC programs. 

Özge Övün Sert is the lucky winner of the Turkish Airlines economy roundtrip ticket to Istanbul

Many children in Van province of Turkey are still suffering from the damage of the devastating earthquake that hit the area two years ago. Every $10 of your donation will help BTF to buy a coat for a child in Van whereas the rest of your donations will benefit ATA-DC’s educational programs such as Atatürk School for our kids and Teachers’ Workshop, which aims to educate American teachers on Turkey.

Winners will receive their gifts next week. We congratulate all the holiday raffle winners and thank all members for their tremendous support to ATA-DC!

April 23rd International Children's Day Celebration & Turkish Cuisine Tales Cultural Series

ATA-DC President and Volunteers Receive Cultural Sustainability Award

We are delighted to announce that Turkish Coffee Truck Project powered by ATA-DC volunteers, received the distinguished 'IRO 2013 Cultural Sustainability Award' from the Istanbul Tourist Guides Union (Istanbul Rehberler Odası) on February 21, 2014 in Istanbul.

Istanbul Tourist Guides Union conducted an online contest between February 10-17th. Listed under ATA-DC President  Gizem Salcigil White's name, the famous Turkish Coffee Truck was voted winner over Mimar Sinan University's Art Center. Last year's winner was Turkish Cultural Center.

Ms. Laura Maddux, a board member of the American Turkish Association of Washington DC, accepted the prestigious award behalf of ATA-DC and thanked the Union and the audience for the recognition. Also present and representing the Turkish Coffee Truck was Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, the oldest coffee ground maker in Turkey, who has sponsored the project since 2011.

Gizem Salcigil White said; “This award belongs to the hardworking ATA-DC volunteers and everyone who contributed their support to the Turkish Coffee Truck project. Together we will continue to spread our love of Turkish Coffee Culture around the world."

More information (in Turkish) can be found HERE

Please click HERE to watch the award ceremony

Meet our new Board Members, Programs Coordinator and Vice President!

We are delighted to present to you our new board members; Mrs. Gamze Ergur and Mrs. Beverly Godwin. They have both worked for the Turkish Festival committee over the past few years and now they are on board to serve our community better. Ms. Gulperi Salman is also a dedicated volunteer of ATA-DC and joined our organization as programs coordinator last December.

It is also our great pleasure to announce Mr. Sitki Kazanci as the new ATA-DC Vice President. He is the Publications Committee Chair and the editor of the ATANews magazine that will be mailed to our ATA-DC members this month. We wish them all success in their new positions!

Last but not least, we would like to thank our outgoing VP Mrs. Dilek Cobanoglu for her hard work and commitment over the past years. We are lucky that she has agreed to remain on the board. We also thank outgoing board members Mrs. Judy Singer and Mrs. Ozlem Al for their excellent service during their time on board.

Please visit HERE to see a list of ATA-DC board members and full bios

Turkish women received the rights to vote and to be elected to office in 1934, earlier than Swiss, Greek, Italian and French women. Turkey is the largest producer of hazelnuts in the world. St. Nicholas known as Santa Claus, was born and lived as bishop of Myra (Kale) in Turkey.