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
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!
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
More information (in Turkish) can be found HERE
HERE to watch the award ceremony