December 17, 2007 Smyrna, GA
Filipino Community with Honorary Consul General Ray Donato and Galing Foundation, Inc. awards Omar Ragheb as 2007 Youth Leadership Honoree
Mr. Omar Ragheb
Honorary Consul Donato and Arjho Turner, GFI Director awards Mr. Ragheb
The Ragheb Family with HonConGen Donato and Toni Daya-Luetgers of Galing Foundation, Inc.
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The Filipino Community in Atlanta couldn't be prouder to award a well deserving young member of the community as its first Youth Leadership honoree. HonConGen Donato affirms that our youth like Mr. Ragheb is "the young role model" with so much potential. Arjho Turner, Director of Galing Foundation, Inc. and Jane Rolen of Soc. Security Administration presented the US Savings Bond of $400 to Ragheb.
Turner emphasized not only the academic achievement of Ragheb but most importantly his significant contribution to the local community, proclaiming him as "Galing" (Great) person and great giver. She (Turner) also gave a brief update on GFI's continuous successful outreach in the Philippines, sending educational resources and basic essentials to impoverished Filipino indigent children.
Aside from recognizing Mr. Ragheb and his family during the annual Year End Dinner, HonConGen Donato acknowledged the presence and support of the various leaders of the community. Present were Dr. Joe Porquez, Dr. Mike Tan, Dr. Abe Magat of the Philippine American Center in GA, Eleanore Pascual and Pam Peterman of Fil-Am Association of Greater Atlanta, Anita Granada and Lilia Hagler of the Philippine Nurses of GA, Peggy Espinda and Ana Blackburn of Philippine American Chamber of Commerce, Esther Wilson of Philam Northwest and Varinee Sangmalee of the Asian Pacific American Council and Thai World Association.
Donato mentioned all the highlights of the Year 2007, from a successful visit of GMA Network crew featuring Filipino Americans in the South, Georgia Council International Visitors Gala, Ambassador Gaa and Former Pres. Ramos' visit, "New Members Orientation", Independence Day celebrations, Philippine Ambassador's Tour, Pasko at Fiesta and others.
He hopes that members will continue to support the various events and efforts that strengthens the community.
Members of the Filipino Community congratulates the board of PACG for the acquisition of Philippine American Center in Georgia.
Special thanks to Susan Namgeanfar and staff of Siam Square and Dr. Mike Tan.