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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2009 Archives > March 2009 > A Night of Friendship in Buffalo

A Night of Friendship in Buffalo


The Turkish Cultural Center (TCC) Buffalo with Major Byron Brown will host its Annual Friendship Dinner at the Buffalo Yacht Club, 1 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201 on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 7:00 to 9:30pm. The dinner is expected to bring together 150 education, business, community, and political leaders in the greater Buffalo region.

The keynote, to be presented by Dr. Zeki Saritoprak of the John Carroll University, is on the “The Necessity of Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue”. In addition, the program will feature live sufi music, whirling dervishes, dances by Akhiskan Turks, and a picture exhibit on Turkey.  The event is free and by invitation-only. The attendees include Mayor Byron Brown, Satish Mohan of Amherst, Niagara Falls Mayor Dyster, and Erie County Sheriff.

TCC Buffalo was founded in December 2005 by a group of Turkish-Americans in Buffalo to increase awareness of Turkish culture, music, literature, and arts in the society, and to help Turkish immigrants adapt to the life in Buffalo. As the only Muslim country with a strong secular democracy, Turkey has always been a land where diverse ethnic and religious communities lived together peacefully, just like in the U.S. Thus one of the aims of TCC Buffalo is to build strong bridges between Turkish and American peoples based on respect, understanding and tolerance. TCC Buffalo organizes friendship dinners, festivals, conferences, Turkish coffee nights, and book clubs to bring together people from different cultural backgrounds, and collaborates with local non-profit organizations, colleges, and universities. 

Turkish Cultural Center, Buffalo
816 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14216
T (716) 989-0011