AAANY'S 5th Annual Mother's Day Celebrationlottery
Happy Mother’s Day! Last Saturday, May 12th, AAANY held its annual Mother’s Day celebration at the Orion Palace in Brooklyn. The event was organized by the Arab American Women's Committee. This was the 5th year AAANY has hosted a Mother’s Day event, and according to Vice President of the Arab American Women's Committee, Zeinab Bader, it was one of the most successful so far. The celebration took place Sunday night and featured music, dancing, a fully catered meal, and Mother’s Day themed prizes.
AAANY’s Mother’s Day event has become so popular that tickets for this year’s celebration sold out in early April. Over 250 women attended the event, some with their daughters, (no men were invited to join in the evening’s festivities). One attendee called the night “extravagant” and spoke of the elaborate food, decorations, and women dressed in their finest. Bader said she started the event five years ago to encourage respect and appreciation for mothers. She also noted that the event was run entirely by women, from the caterers and servers, to the DJ- DJ Shahenaz.
One of the highlights of the night was a singing competition in which women from Morocco, Syria, and Palestine took the stage and preformed. The singing competition was followed by hours of dancing. A few lucky raffle winners went home with perfumes, a new TV, groceries, and much more. Every mother received a Mother’s Day mug as a gift. Special thanks to Leilia Farhat and Virgina Tang for organizing the prizes and give-a-ways.
The night was a much deserved time for women and mothers to relax and celebrate. It was also a moment to appreciate the importance of mothers recognize all that they do.