ECONOMICS AND ENTERPRISE
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Here is a question for men in the community: Are you your brother’s keeper? If you ask those who started and participate in a men’s group, they would answer with resounding, “yes, I am.”
It was the question Jeff Kassab asked of himself when he and friend Bashar Kirma were chatting about men in the Chaldean community. “We struck up a conversation about men who seem so lost and need guidance,” said Jeff. “We started talking about prayer and what it means to be a man of faith. From that conversation, we decided to start a men’s group and we called it Genesis 4:9 because we truly believe we are our brother’s keeper.”
Every Christmas the iconic image of the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary, and Joseph – are seen across the world. However, in some branches of Catholicism including some Orthodox and Eastern Rites there is much more to this non-traditional family. In those faiths, Christ might have had stepsiblings.
Located in Sterling Heights, the Chaldean Community Foundation – the nonprofit arm of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce – has a four pillar mission: advocacy, acculturation, community development, and cultural preservation. According to their website, they are a human and social services organization providing assistance. They were founded in 2006, and host a wide-range of programming and solutions for the Chaldean community and beyond.
The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce will recognize real estate developer and restauranteur Zaid Elia as much for his knack for innovation as for his business expertise at the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce’s Awards Gala May 3, in West Bloomfield. The chamber will present Elia, 40, with the Businessperson of the Year Award at the Chamber’s 16th Annual Awards Gala.
Inspired by their strength and efforts to give back and help the community, the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce has chosen to recognize John and Ann Mansour as the Humanitarians of the Year at this year’s Chamber Awards Gala for their work within the community. The 16th Annual Chamber Awards Gala will be hosted at the Shenandoah Country Club on Friday, May 3.
A tribute is intended to show gratitude. And that’s exactly what the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce is doing for West Bloomfield Township Supervisor Steven Kaplan this year.
It will take place at the chamber’s 16th Annual Awards Gala on May 3 at the Shenandoah Country Club. Kaplan will be honored with a special tribute for the devotion he has shown to the Chaldean community for which he serves.
ECONOMICS AND ENTERPRISE
The Chaldean Community Foundation hosted their first annual awards gala on Thursday, November 1. The inaugural gala was hosted at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township. Honored at the gala were Jason Najor and Marianna Kattula for their ongoing dedication to the Chaldean Community Foundation. Also recognized were Wireless Vision and Level One Bank for their contributions to the CCF Capital Campaign. Through W3R’s generosity, two students were also awarded $5,000 STEM scholarships.
University of Michigan’s Chaldean American Student Association (CASA) chapter hosted their tenth annual Live From Babylon Event on March 9 at BTB Cantina in Ann Arbor. Each year the CASA board chooses a charity as the beneficiary. This year, CASA chose to honor CODE Legal Aid for their work with the deportation crisis. Raising more than $13,000, CASA surpassed their initial goal of $10,000, making this year’s event the most successful to date.