Turkish Cultural Center Holds Friendship Dinner

Una Clarke and Assemblywoman Diana Richardson with Turkish Cultural Center Brooklyn’s Executive Director M. Fethullah Onal and other officials. (Photo by Kadia Goba via Kings County Politics)

The Turkish Cultural Center Brooklyn held its eighth annual Friendship Dinner and Award ceremony on April 27 in Sheepshead Bay with the theme of fighting hate crimes, reports Kings County Politics’ Kadia Goba. The organization also honored borough leaders.

Assembly member Steven Cymbrowitz, one of several public officials in attendance, praised Turkish locals for making a “significant effort to be part of the community.”

“They partake in my Holocaust event, they partake in giving away food to the needy, not just to those who are from Turkey or other Islamic countries, but to anyone who needs it.  They are very special people,” added Cymbrowitz.

The caption for “I Wish I Could Go” reads: “An artist is always inspired by the realities of life; their artwork is an escape to express their feelings. This particular painting displays the feeling of missing home. Red, the color of extremes, illustrates how intense being away from home can get.” (Photo via BKLYNER)

In her coverage of the ceremony, BKLYNER’s Liena Zagare mentioned that artwork from students of the Amity School in Sheepshead Bay greeted guests at the entrance, including the piece to the right by 11th grader Zehra Gulluce entitled “I Wish I Could Go.”

During the event, TCC Brooklyn’s Executive Director M. Fethullah Onal addressed the referendum in Turkey that expanded President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers. Go to Kings County Politics to read where TCC stands on the controversy. And go to BKLYNER for more of the students’ artwork and on the awards handed out to Brooklyn leaders.

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