Buy Tickets:Childcare Registration:
We're happy to let you know that just like last year, a fun night awaits our children in the adjacent room. For those of you with children, childcare will be provided by the Nanny Factory from 6:30pm-12:00am during the ball. There is a flat rate of $25 per child until October 13 then $40 per child after the early registration deadline. Please follow the link below for childcare registration.http://bit.ly/turkishball2014Would like to be a sponsor or just simply make a donation for the 2014 Ball?
Please use the link below to make a donation for the 2014 Republic Day Ball. We sincerely appreciate your support for a stronger Turkish American community.
Request Recognition of Turkish Republic Day
On October 29, 2014, Turkish Americans and Turks around the world will celebrate the 91st anniversary of the Republic of Turkey. On that day in 1923, the Turkish Grand National Assembly, under the guidance of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, proclaimed the Republic that fulfilled the aspirations of Turkish people for liberty, justice, and peace. Realizing Atatürk’s vision of a modern statehood, Turkey had transformed from its imperial past into a sustainable secular democracy and an emerging market.
Over the past century of immigration, Turkish Americans have also significantly contributed to the economic, scientific and technological progress, and to the diverse cultural fabric of America.
Join the Pax Turcica action campaign quickly requesting your elected federal and state officials to properly recognize Turkish Republic Day ahead of October 29th.
Turkish Philanthropy Funds would like to thank all who have donated to Soma Disaster Relief Fund. 100 percentage of your donations will be transferred to organizations that directly help the community impacted from the disaster.
We are collaborating with our 38 formal partners in Turkey and our larger network to get real-time updates from the region. As these local NGOs are the first ones on the ground, their guidance enables us to make our grants wisely and more efficiently.
Currently, our focus is on the “three Rs” - Recovery, Rebuilding and Resilience. Your help ensures a fourth: Results. Accordingly, our priorities are to provide support in the areas of Education, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Diversifying Income Generation in the region. Please read our detailed report here.Please donate here. You may also contribute to the Soma Disaster Relief Fund by sending your check to:
Turkish Philanthropy Funds Re: Soma Disaster Relief Fund 216 East 45th Street, 7th Fl. New York, New York 10017 Please make your checks payable to Turkish Philanthropy Funds and indicate “Soma Diasater Relief Fund” on the check. For additional information, please email us at email@example.com. Please follow updates on developments in Soma disaster by using the hashtag #somarelief. The TPF Team
Turkish Philanthropy Funds is a tax-exempt organization described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and your gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.www.tpfund.org | 646-530-8988
The Association of Turkish Americans of Southern California (ATASC) mourns the deaths and expresses its sympathies to the families of more than 245 coal miners who lost their lives in a mining explosion on May 13 in Soma, a district of Turkey's Aegean province of Manisa.
As emergency teams continue their rescue efforts, our thoughts and prayers are with those workers who were injured or trapped underground.
ATASC supports the Turkish Philanthropy Fund (TPF) Disaster Relief program to help the families of the victims and encourages the Turkish American community donate to the TPF clicking the link below:
In addition, you can send checks payable to ATASC to 2419 E. Harbor Blvd #185, Ventura, CA 93001 with a note "Soma Relief" or bring checks or cash to the Long Beach gathering this Sunday where we will have a special donation booth dedicated to Soma.
Let’s get together and celebrate the Turkish Children’s Day Festival (23 Nisan Ulusal Egemenlik ve Cocuk Bayrami) and Youth & Sports Day (19 Mayis Genclik ve Spor Bayrami) for all of Southern California. Turkiye Cumhuriyeti’nin 91.ci yasinda gelin Cocuk Bayramimiz ile Genclik ve Spor Bayramimizi gene buyuk bir cosku ile buyuk- kucuk; el- ele nese icinde kutlayalim.
ATASC & all the ATASC chapters; ATASC-San Diego, LATAA, OCTAA, TALL, & VATAN, together are organizing the Children’s Day & Youth & Sports Day Festival at El Dorado Park in Long Beach on SUNDAY, May 18th, 2014, 2013, starting at 11:00 a.m. All children, all students, and all members of our community are invited to this festival with lots of fun events for children, youth & adults.
There will be a picnic for all with Turkish food. We are suggesting a donation $10/per adult member and $15/per non members to cover the cost of the food provided. Free event to kids ages 0-12.
Please tell us whether you can attend or not; and how many adults and children will be coming. We need your response as soon as possible since we will order the food accordingly. And we want to know how many children are coming to have enough snow cones, cotton candy, prizes for the games, etc
Fun at the picnic:
–Turkish food for adults, sodas, desserts, and tea. Kosher hotdog & healthy snacks for kids,
–Entertainment for children (jump house, popcorn, cotton candy, face painting- all welcomed to volunteers at this such fun activities.,
– Folk dancing
– Live Band
– DJ Music
– Face painting
– Arts & Crafts table
–Tavla (backgammon) tournament,
– Soccer Tournament
**More surprises are on the way.
- Chicken/Beef Kebab, rice pilaf, salad, pita bread
- Kosher hotdogs for kids
- Soft drinks, water, traditional tea
(seeking sponsors for food donations or donations to cover food costs)
Special Program for kids & adults:
- Live National Anthem will be played by Dr.Ilhan Ozulu & violin, and will be sang by all kids, board members, volunteers & guests.
- Folkloric Dances will be performed by SD Turks.
- Live Band of SD Turks.
- Special Guests
- Singings of Turkish School Students, we cannot wait enough watch their performances on the stage. ATASC-SD Turkish School, OCTAA Turkish School (OCTS), LATAA Turkish School & VATAN Turkish School students will be on the stage. God bless them & their valuable teachers and school directors.
- Geography 101 game,
- Traditional games like potato sack, biscuit eating contest, guessing game for all, and many more…
- DJ Music
- may have more surprise entertainers.
* Will be having “drawing contest” ages between 5-12 subjected “Turkey, and ATATURK.” We believe all kids are the winners so will give prize to all contestants.***
You are all welcome to join. However, due to high numbers o guests, the foods will be ordered based on confirmed responses. Your RSVP is important to us.
You may bring the kids as the spirit of festival with costumes as well, since we have special photographer to take your kid’s personal photo at the event, it might be fun to be so colorful with the costumes, it’s totally optional.
ATASC family is exited to bring this event to you. We appreciate your attendance and possible contributions.
Early payments are highly appreciated. You may pay through PayPal atwww.atasc.org. PayPal bottom is located at the bottom of the festival event announcement very soon. Or, you can pay via checks. Make out your checks payable to ATASC and mail to:
(For checks please use below address)
Attn. Annual Picnic 2013
2419 E. Harbor Blvd #185
Ventura, CA 93001
**This invitation posted on behalf of ATASC BOARD **
ATASC General Assembly and Elections happened on Sunday, March 16, 2014 1:00 pm- 4:15 pm at the Santa Monica Main Library
There were four candidates for the open BOD positions. They were
Ms. Ayca Altintig
Mr. Sarp Ersoylu
Mr. Ahmet Onerbay and
Ms. Ayse Ulubay who was nominated from the floor.
The three BOD candidates were selected by ballot votes. Ms. Ayca Altintig, Mr. Sarp Ersoylu and Ms. Ayse Sule Ulubay were elected to th BOD positions. ATASC BOD welcomes the new BOD members and thanks the outgoing members for their service.
ATASC and the chapters gave their reports. The assembly absolved outgoing ATASC 2013 BOD by a show of hands
We also commemorated 99th anniversary of Canakkale Victory and Martyrs' Day. We had the National Anthem followed by a moment of silence for all who fought for our country. The program continued with Mert Hamsioglu, and Arda and Aylin Gurel reading poems, Dr. Ilhan Sami Ozulu and Ms. Kutsal Kocer leading the crowd with Canakkale songs. Mr. Altan Eris shared his search for his grandfather's fight and becoming a martyr in the Canakkale war. A documentary about the war was shown and Mr. Erdal Aktan talked about a historical story about Australia getting into the war. Overall it was a short but very very meaningful and emotional ceremony.
We also recognized Mr. Orhan Gurbuz who was one of the original four who reformed ATASC as a charitable organization in 1985. He has recently been the Chair of ATASC Advisory Committee and before then served in so many capacities and positions within ATASC. We thanked him for all the service, help and support over the years.
We again thank all our members who attended ATASC Assembly.
[caption id="attachment_2372" align="alignnone" width="461"] ATASC General Assembly[/caption]
ATASC olarak sizleri 10 Kasim gunu essiz liderimiz Ataturk'un hayatini ve basarilarini anip, kendisine olan saygi ve sevgimizi bir kere daha beraber tekrarlamaya davet ediyoruz. 10 Kasim toreni sabah saat 9-11:00 arasi, City of Carson'da - Ataturk Anitinin dikilecegi sehirde olacak.
Program ve detaylari sizlere buradan iletecegiz.
ATASC invites all of us, on November 10, to celebrate the life and accomplishments of great leader Ataturk, and reaffirm our affection and and respect for him. The ceremony will be in between 9-11:30 am in Carson, the city in which Ataturk Monument will be erected. We will keep you apprised of program and details at this site.
Cal State University Dominguez Hills Campus, Loker Student Union Bldg, 2nd floor Ballroom.AGENDA:
BREAKFAST _ 8:45-9:00 am
9:00 Opening. Vega Sankur - Milli Marslar -Dr. Ilhan Sami Ozulu
9:05 Moment of Silence
9:10 Welcome by Hafize Turgut - ATASC President
9:15 Welcome by Aydin Topcu - Honorable Consul General of Turkish Republic
9:25 Ataturk Monument Design and Progress Report - Monument Team
9:45 Ataturk's Place in History and City of Carson Sculpture Garden by Jim Dear - Mayor of City of Carson
9:55 AM - Coffee/ Tea Break
10:05 Ataturk Reforms - Retired Admiral Turker Erturk-
10:30-11:00 Socialize/ Adjourn
Program will be further enriched by music of Dr. Ilhan Sami Ozulu
It is at Loker Student Union Bldg, Ballroom upstairs at 2nd floor. Park at Parking Lot 2. Park at Parking Lot 2. Parking is $5. They said that there is no parking reinforcement on sundays, but it is up to you to decide to pay or not.
Ozlem and Emre Kirdar
Engin and Esat Kadaster
Vega and Haluk Sankur
Ataturk dedicated 23 Nisan, the anniversary of the Turkish National Congress in 1920 to Children. His vision was:
FUTURE BELONGS TO AND IS PROTECTED BY FUTURE GENERATIONS
He expressed it best when he addressed Turkish Youth:
"O Turkish Youth!
Your first and foremost duty is to defend and protect the Turkish
independence and the Turkish Republic for all eternity.
All the mighty strength that you
will need exists in the noble blood a-flowing in your veins!."
ARSLANBEY ATA-SC OKULU
On August 17, 1999, western Turkey was struck by a devastating magnitude-7.4 earthquake. Many thousands of people were killed, and many more made homeless by the quake that was centered near Izmit.
Contributing to the rebuilding process, ATASC initiated an effort in February 2003 to build a new school for the children of Izmit. The school admitted its first class on September 13, 2004. ATASC still continues to support its namesake school.
Since 2006, ATASC sponsored 13 needy children, helped send 6 children to Space Camp Izmir, opened up a Computer Lab and a Science Lab. Most recently ATASC helped the school to open up a pre-school by furnishing four pre-school classrooms named for ATASC chapters. VATAN Chapter is currently in the process of furnishing a conference salon for the students of the elementary school.