“Now, Arab-Americans in the United States have an education-centered organization of which they can be very proud.”
On the night of January 18th, ABPA celebrated the progress of the Arab-American Business & Professional Association with a vibrant social networking event. Guests enjoyed an Arabic-style dinner as they discussed engagement with the Arab-American community at large and made present and future recommendations for what can be done to improve outreach efforts.
Live music filled ABPA Founder and President Mr. Fuad Sahouri’s residence where the evening’s festivities were held. Following the meal, guests were invited to view a presentation about the ABPA’s vision, activities, and the internship program that opens the gateways of the federal government for the next generation of Arab-American leaders.
“We enjoyed learning about the history of ABPA and members present on the night that are still a part of ABPA until now,” an attendee, Sophia Sahouri, said. She felt nostalgia as she saw photos from the 1980s – back when ABPA was founded – on display. “That was almost 30 plus years ago!”
“Taking part in the event with ABPA was a very compelling and interesting experience,” ABPA student ambassador for the University of Maryland, Kenza Sandi, said. “Being there amongst all the board members left me more cognizant of how important and essential ABPA’s mission is. Partaking in this beautiful and enriching journey with the ABPA family is truly an honor.”
ABPA Advisory Board member and former Lebanese ambassador to Chile, Poland and Canada, Massoud Maalouf, who also attended the event, offered his thoughts.
“Congratulations to Mr. Fuad Sahouri for reactivating Arab-American Business and Professional Association (ABPA) which he initially established more than three decades ago. The newly created internship program for placing Arab American students in government agencies and private companies will offer the opportunity to showcase the capabilities of our youth. Now, Arab-Americans in the United States have an education-centered organization of which they can be very proud.”