ATA-DC April Member Appreciation Raffle Winners
ATA-DC April Member Appreciation Raffle Winner gets $50 gift certificate from Tel’Veh – the newest Cafe and Wine Bar on Capitol Hill!
We congratulate the winning member, Ms. Esra Kalci, and thank her for supporting ATA-DC and our community! We also thank Tel’Veh Cafe and Wine Bar for their generous support!
To find out more about TelVeh please visit: http://www.telvehdc.com
Congresswoman Donna Edwards Received ATA-DC International Women’s Day leadership Award
This year’s International Women’s Day celebration co-sponsored by ATA-DC and Bridge to Turkiye Fund (BTF) was a tremendous success! Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD) was presented with ATA-DC’s International Women’s Day Leadership Award at the event that took place at the Turkish Embassy Residence on the evening of March 8th.
Over 200 guests were in attendance and enjoyed a reception, followed by a speaking program, and ended with a lavish dinner buffet courtesy of Ambassador Tan and the Turkish Embassy. Guest speakers included His Excellency Namik Tan; Ritu Sharma, co-founder of Women Thrive Worldwide, an organization that has put the concerns of the poorest women and girls at the center of all U.S. international assistance; Layli Miller-Muro, Founder and Executive Director of the Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting women and girls from human rights abuses; and of course The Honorable Donna F. Edwards.
More than $8000 was raised and we thank everyone who donated. All proceeds will be shared between Bridge to Turkiye Fund to support their Girls Excel!! Empower Through Education campaign which provides scholarships to young girls in rural parts of Türkiye; and the Tahirih Justice Center of Washington D.C. which empowers female victims of violence.
Special thanks, also, to the Turkish Embassy Staff, ATA-DC Board and BTF volunteers who made the event flow seamlessly with their selfless, dedicated, hard work. This event was a result of great Turkish American volunteerism, teamwork, dedication and exceptional effort at its best.
ATA-DC’ Turkish Heritage Night at the NBA League Mesmerized Audiences
ATA-DC’s Second Turkish Heritage Night at the Verizon Center took place at the NBA game between Turkish national basketball team player Ersan Ilyasova’s team Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The event which was organized by ATA-DC in partnership with Washington Wizards and the Verizon Center was a “delight and a huge success in terms of promoting Turkish culture in the heart of Washington DC, in an NBA game attended by thousands of people.
Turkish traditional dances marked NBA halftime!
“Kolbasti”, a special art of Turkish folk dances that originates from the northern Black Sea Region and Blacksea Horon dances were performed during the half-time break of the event. Thousands of Americans in the audience enjoyed the energetic dances performed by the Kardelen Turkish Dance Ensemble and Washington DC Turkish Children’s Folk Dance Troupe. 150 Turkish Americans who live in the Washington Metropolitan Area were also among the spectators and cheered for Ersan Ilyasova and the Turkish Dance groups enthusiastically.
As a part of the evening’s activities, Turkish American fans wearing Turkey-theme tshirts participated in the fan tunnel and welcomed the basketball players from Washington Wizards and Milwaukee Bucks as they entered the basketball field. After the game Turkish American fans had a special meet and greet gathering with Ersan Ilyasova in which Ersan signed the fan’s tshirts and had pictures taken with them. One family came all the way from Richmond Virginia with their two children to meet Ersan that evening.
The evening was Turkish-delightful both for Wizards fans and Turkish Americans who attended the special event. ATA-DC thanks Verizon Center and Washington Wizards for making this evening possible. ATA-DC also thanks Kardelen Turkish Dance Ensemble, Washington DC Turkish Children’s Folk Dance Troupe and all the fans who attended and made the night a special one!
Please Join us on our new Facebook page!
We are pleased to inform you that we have launched a brand-new ATA-DC Facebook page in order to communicate with you better. Through this new platform, we will keep you updated more often and you can follow the latest news & events regarding the community more closely. We kindly ask you to continue following and supporting us by simply clicking this link: www.facebook.com/atadc
Our group page will still be active and running to stay connected with our community. We always look for your participation and feedback while answering your questions. To visit our group page, click here. We hope you will visit and “like” our new page! Please don’t forget to spread the word!
Mobile Turkish Coffee Truck is coming to Washington D.C.
Mobile Turkish Coffee Truck will be touring Washington D.C. area to offer samples of Turkish coffee as a part of the Turkish Cultural Heritage Month taking place this September. Turkish Coffee Truck Ladies will share free coffee with the people until September 30th and present the rich and remarkable history of ‘Turkish Coffee Culture’.
See the coffee tour schedule here