TURKISH REPUBLIC DAY BALL

Posted by on September 4, 2009 at 16:35 pm

TURKISH AMERICAN COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS CELEBRATED THE TURKISH REPUBLIC with a very unifying and fun filled REPUBLIC DAY Ball at Long Beach organized by ATASC with the collaboration of all the ATASC chapters:  ATASC-SD,  LATAA,  OCTAA,  TALL,  VATAN

The Turkish American Community was present in large numbers to celebrate the 86th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish Republic.  The ball room was well decorated with red and white carnations and Turkish and American Flags befitting the theme of the Ball. ATASC volunteers, including students from UCLA , worked all day to prepare the room and the foyer and were still putting the last touches when the guests started arriving.

ATASC President Vega Sankur accepts the Proclamation from Long Beach

ATASC President Vega Sankur accepts the Proclamation from Long Beach

There was a very festive and joyful atmosphere befitting the changes the founding of the Republic brought to people’s lives in Turkey: Freedom, Democracy, Equality, Education and Enlightenement. Master of Ceremonies Demetra George Mustafaoglu opened the event with American and Turkish National Anthems. ATASC President Vega Sankur gave a short welcoming speech reminding all attendees of the importance of this day (and what this celebration is all about). She welcomed guests representing

SCLB President Mike Vaughn reads the Proclamation

SCLB President Mike Vaughn reads the Proclamation

Turkish, Azerbaijan, and Northern Cyprus Governments as well as from the offices of Congresswoman Richardson and Assemblymember Blumenthal. The President of Sister Cities Long Beach Mr. Mike Vaughn read the Proclamation of Republic Day by the City of Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. The Proclamation is in celebration of Turkish Republic Day on October 29, 2009.  The council general of Turkey Mr. Hakan Tekin asked the crowd to support the ATASC organization. community, each other and Turkey. US Representative from the 46th District Congressman Dana

Council General Hakan Tekin speaks to the Ball attendee's

Council General Hakan Tekin speaks to the Ball attendee's

Rochbacher followed with a speech in which he reminded all attendees about Turkey’s critical role in this complex region and the strong supportive role it has played for theUS the last 60 years. He commended the Turkish American community for finally finding their voices and becoming more active in advocacy. ATAA President Elect Mr. Ergun Kirlikovali also addressed the attendees about the recent positive  news in the legal and advocacy areas by ATAA operating out of Washington DC.

Yore Folk Dance Group

Yore Folk Dance Group

The entertainment started with the  Yore Dance Group performing 3 different dances interspersed with music arranged by our skillful DJ Devran Mustafaoglu. The crowd really appreciated the Zeybek and the Black Sea dances.  Ms. Demetra George Mustafaoglu conducted the live auction of the two THY (Turk Hava Yollari – Turkish Airlines) tickets and the National Soccer Team (Milli Takim) uniform raising funds for ATASC. Following the auction,  Ferhat Atli and his music brought all to the dance floor to dance to beautiful music. The music, dancing and the socializing went on until 1:00 am where the event had to come to an end although some of the guests were still immensely enjoying themselves.

The Dancing continued until early morning.

The Dancing continued until early morning.

ATASC would like to recognize all the volunteers who made this ball the elegant and fun event that it was. Asuman Yilmaz, Burcu Tansu, Hafize Turgut, Didem Yilmaz, Yasemin Doker, Maria Cakiroglu,  Zinnur Guvenc, Arzu Kocyigit, Aydan Atrek, Gizem, Meltem, Seda and Ilker. You all worked very hard. You have our heartfelt thanks.

CUMHURIYETIMIZE LAYIK BIR BALO OLDU.

HEP BERABER BU MUTLU GUNU KUTLADIK.

ULU ONDERIMIZ ATATURK U ANDIK.

NE MUTLU TURKUM DIYENE.

Vega Sankur for ATASC Board

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