By: Joe Sadek
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On June 28th, 2012 the Lebanese Collegiate Network (LCN) alongside the Lebanese American Heritage Club (LAHC) and the American Friends of the Lebanon Mountain Trail (AFLMT) hosted alumni and young professionals from the Detroit, Michigan area. It was the first time the LCN hosted such an event at a supporter’s residence. Joumana Kayrouz, a well-known lawyer and philanthropist of Lebanese origin opened her home for the LCN that Thursday, which in return, was a very successful event.
The Mixer kicked off with alumni and professionals from LCN, the LAHC, AFLMT, and other Michigan-area businesses mixing and enjoying hors d’oeuvres from Kabob Grill of Rochester Hills. The atmosphere was energetic and upbeat despite the 90 plus degree heat. The evening continued with presentations from the LCN’s partners. Attendees watched a short video about the Lebanon Mountain Trail. Representatives, Sabra Purtill and David Startzell introduced the LMT as series of hikes which extends the length of Lebanon’s mountain region including tour stops to small villages along the mountain range. LAHC president, Suehaila Amen, talked about the importance of strengthening the ties between Lebanese oriented non-profit organizations, and expanded on LAHC’s commitment to the Lebanese youth in Michigan. Finally, Myrna Ghorayeb and I introduced the LCN to many of the fresh faces in attendance. After the presentation, a few students were drawn to the mission of the LCN and interested in starting new ULCs at their universities. We hope that we’ve inspired them to develop their own university Lebanese communities and build networks with the LCN nation!
After the presentations, the raffle prizes, including the new iPad and jewelry form Azzi Jewelers were awarded. Attendees continued to enjoy the evening with drinks and music provided by Quarter to Four, a local Detroit band and Paul Miles a local blues guitarist.
For us board members present, Myrna, and myself the event was a very positive start to a successful year. The LCN is always proud to return to Michigan and see the growth of our community and supporters in the area. As we look ahead to our future events across the United States, the Michigan experience will set a precedent for future success.
We thank all of those involved in making the event on June 28th possible and we hope to see you at more of our events later this year, and hopefully in West Lafayette for the annual convention at Purdue University!