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  • October 21: Trunk or Treat (with Young Adults)
  • November 5: Fall Fun / Games Night (with Young Adults)
  • December 11: Christmas Party
Scholarship Fund
  • Established by Tony & Lakana Bikhazi starting 2007.
  • Established by Charles and Mary Saleh starting 2012.

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The Metrolina Phoenician Club

Where the Charlotte Lebanese community and their friends celebrate their common heritage and culture through regular meetings, activities, and humanitarian relief to aid the children of Lebanon.

The Metrolina Phoenician Club sponsors several charities each year. Our contributions to the charities take place towards the end of each calendar year. Check our Charities page for detail.

Leading from the Heart

Our Young Adults keep on making us proud by their commitment to help nonprofits that assist the underprivileged. Within two short months, they organized a successful charity drive for Safe Alliance and a fundraising event for the Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF). Both charities were incredibly grateful for the donations made by this group of conscientious young people from The Metrolina Phoenician Club. For details see News and Events and photos.

Family Fun Hawaiian Style

Our Young Adults outdid themselves again! The Parent-Child Dance on May 22 was lots of fun for the families who attended. In keeping with the Hawaiian theme, the place was colorfully decorated and everyone looked festive wearing floral leis in different colors. The exciting activities included musical chairs, limbo dancing and a live auction of several kid-approved gift baskets. All the fun was for a good cause, with profits donated to the PCRF-Charlotte. See News and Events for more details and the photo album.

Walkathon for Syrian Refugee Children

The Metrolina Phoenician Club (MPC) is committed to helping children in need, so when the board heard that the Charlotte Chapter of the Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF) was having a walkathon to raise funds for the Syrian children who are innocent victims of the ongoing war, they unanimously agreed to participate. On behalf of the MPC, board members Natasha Beathe and Lina Itani signed up and exceeded their goal by raising $1,300 from several generous contributors. Altogether, the various participants raised about $8,000 for the Syrian Children's Relief Fund. The money will be used to provide medical care to sick refugee children who cannot afford health care. After weeks of fundraising via social media, the walkathon took place on May 21 at McAlpine Creek Regional Park. It drew a large crowd of friends from the Middle Eastern community and everyone had a great time. See photos.

Fun Day at Arab American Festival

In the spirit of community unity, The Metrolina Phoenician Club was happy to participate at this year's Arab American Festival on Sunday, May 15. Organized by The Arab American Council of the Carolinas and held at Queens University, the festival brings together several clubs and organizations from the Charlotte area. The Metrolina Phoenician Club's table featured a photo booth with traditional Lebanese hats and whimsical signs, while board member Kelly Brais wrote people's names in Arabic. The table drew a lot of visitors, all of whom posted their fun photos on social media. The festival also featured live entertainment by Arabic singers, dabke dancers and of course delicious Middle Eastern food. Enjoy the photos.

VP Opens New Pediatric Clinic

We are pleased to announce that our Vice President Dr. Wissam Nadra has opened a brand new pediatric clinic in Denver, NC. The opening reception of Lakeshore Pediatric Center on April 29 was attended by several members of The Metrolina Phoenician Club, who spoke for the entire board when they wished Dr. Nadra continued success and prosperity. Representatives from the Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce were also present at the ribbon cutting ceremony. See News and Events for more details and photos.

Fun Day at Spring Picnic - April 17, 2016

Our annual Spring Picnic on Sunday, April 17 drew a large crowd of community members of all ages. Family and friends had a great time socializing and smoking hookah, while the children played games and had fun hitting a piñata filled with treats. See News and Events for more details and photos.

Incredible time at Hike!

An energetic and happy group of young adults came out for the hike on April 9 to Crowder's Mountain. They were accompanied by Abeer Saad, head of the Metrolina Phoenician Club's Young Adults Committee, and other board members who were anxious to join in on the fun. Some people went together in a van driven by Omar ElKara and the rest carpooled. Once the group reached their destination, they shared many laughs as they climbed the steep trails to the summit, where they sat together for lunch. Everyone had such fun that with plenty of time left in the day, they decided to head out to another park, Linville Falls at Blue Ridge Mountains. It was an awesome day for the young and young at heart! See photos.

Financial Aid Reaches Record High in 2015


The Metrolina Phoenician Club dispersed a total of $17,243 in financial aid for the 2015 fiscal year. This represents a substantial increase compared to the $15,500 donated in 2014. The increase can be attributed to charitable donations made by our newly formed Young Adults group, who are learning to organize fundraisers in support of nonprofits that assist the needy and disadvantaged. See announcement for details.





Community Fun at Annual Dutch Treat

The joy of community get-togethers was evident at this year’s annual Dutch Treat. Held on Sunday, March 13 at Napoli Italian Restaurant in Monroe, the event drew a number of families as well as new community members who were anxious to learn more about the club. See News and Events for more details and enjoy the photo album.

New Year, New Board and More!

The Metrolina Phoenician Club has a lot of exciting news to announce. At our first board meeting this year, Lamia Hanna volunteered to step down as President in order to give others the opportunity to lead the club. The board unanimously elected Azad Khuri to take over the position of President, and then voted in favor of Dr. Wissam Nadra as Vice-President. The board extends its gratitude to Lamia Hanna, for her genuine commitment to the club during the three years she served as President. The new leadership brings renewed energy to the club, plus they have a dynamic team of people to work with. See announcement for details.

New Year's Message from the President

As the New Year begins, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your support over the past 12 months. The Metrolina Phoenician Club had several successful activities in 2015 and it is all thanks to our members and friends who supported the community by attending events and making donations. We are off to a good start in 2016, with 40 families having already paid their annual membership dues. Members who haven't yet paid their dues are encouraged to do so now. The rates are kept affordable at $50 per family and $25 per individual, so that membership is accessible to everyone. See announcement for details.

Merry Times at Christmas Party

The annual Christmas Party took place on December 13 at St. Sarkis Armenian Church. It drew a large number of members, especially young families with children. Everyone enjoyed good food, great company and a visit by Santa Claus who delivered toys to the many children. The club would like to extend a special thank you to our Youth Group who helped organize various aspects of the event. We also want to express gratitude to members who donated monies to the club. Your generosity is much appreciated. During the General Assembly portion of the party, Mr. Chadi Bouajram was nominated to serve on the Board in 2016. Congratulations on his nomination. In addition, we welcome all newcomers who signed up to be members in 2016. We remind current members who haven't already renewed their yearly membership dues to do so now. Remember that without your membership, participation and support, there would be no Metrolina Phoenician Club. Enjoy the photo album.

Family Fun for a Cause

Everyone had a blast at our Awesome Autumn Night on Saturday, November 14. Adults, teenagers and kids were grouped into teams and competed in several fun games, from pumpkin carving to charades and bingo. Team Orange ended up being the all round winner, and afterwards the kids had fun hitting a pinata filled with candy. Organized by the Metrolina Phoenician Club's Young Adults group, the event was held at the YMCA Hemby Program Center. All proceeds will be donated to Loaves & Fishes, a charity that provides groceries for people in need. The charity will also receive a collection of canned foods donated by attendees. We appreciate everyone's generosity and wish all of our members a Happy Thanksgiving. See photo album.

Fun and Festivities at Annual Haffleh

The annual haffleh on October 3 was fun and festive! It featured a star-studded theme, belly dancing, valuable prizes and live entertainment by Mahmoud Beydoun and his band, who had everyone dancing away until midnight. View the News and Events page for details and enjoy the photos in albums ONE, TWO.






"Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" Charms Audiences

The animated movie adaptation of Kahlil Gibran's best-selling book The Prophet was "beautiful" and "moving." This was the general consensus of everyone who came out to watch the afternoon show on Sunday, August 30. The Metrolina Phoenician Club was happy to see many community members attend the gathering, and we encourage everyone who hasn't already seen it to do so before it leaves theaters! Produced by Lebanese-Mexican actress Salma Hayek, "The Prophet" was a labor of love inspired by her grandfather, who adored the book by the great Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran. "For me this is a love letter to my heritage," Hayek said to reporters at the world premiere in Beirut on April 27. See photos of club gathering in this album.

$6,000 in scholarships awarded for 2015

The Metrolina Phoenician Club is pleased to announce that it has awarded three high school graduates from our community scholarships totaling $6,000. This year recipients were Tamer Alyateem, Sarah Ghannam and Maen Halawani, each of whom received $2,000. President Lamia Hanna presented the three recipients with certificates at a Scholarship Award Ceremony, held on Friday, August 7 at the Wesley Oaks Clubhouse in Waxhaw. See announcement for details and photos of the event in this album.

Community Iftar Dinner

The Metrolina Phoenician Club was pleased to welcome around 50 people to its first annual Iftar dinner on Sunday, July 12. The dinner was held at Zeitouni Mediterranean Grill, which put together a special menu for the occasion. It included lentil soup, a lavish mezza spread, grilled meats and an assortment of baklava for dessert. Besides delicious food, the atmosphere was joyful and relaxed. It was a lovely celebration for the Holy Month of Ramadan and we thank everyone who attended. See photos in this album.

Sunshiny Day at the Arab American Festival

The Metrolina Phoenician Club had a great time participating at The Charlotte Arab American Festival on Sunday, May 24 at Queens University. There was live entertainment by Arabic singers and dabke dancers, and of course delicious Middle Eastern food provided by the restaurant Olives Mediterranean Grill. The festival - which was organized by The Arab American Council of the Carolinas - brought together several clubs and organizations from the Charlotte area. The Metrolina Phoenician Club's table drew many people from all over the world. Some were interested in learning about the club while others wanted to have their names written in Arabic! See photos.

Celebrate 4th of July in Memphis!

Memphis is the place to be this coming 4th of July! The Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs is having its annual Summer Convention in Memphis from July 2-5 and this year’s event is going to be bigger and better than ever. The Cedars Club of Memphis, which is hosting the conference, has put together an exciting three-day itinerary for everyone to enjoy. Highlights include a family festival, a few singles mixers and nightly parties with live Arabic entertainment. The deadline for pre-registration is June 13, 2015! See announcement for details.

Community Gets Together At Spring Picnic

The sun was shining down on our annual Spring Picnic on Sunday, May 3. A large number of community members came out to enjoy the day together and the ambiance was filled with friendship and fun. See News and Events for details and the photos in this album.

Awesome Hike!

An "awesome" time was had by everyone at Saturday's hike to Chimney Rock State Park, reports Rolana Sbano, head of the Metrolina Phoenician Club's Young Adults Committee. The group of 16 friends went together in a van driven by Board Member Omar ElKara and they enjoyed a lot of laughs along the way. Once the group reached their destination, they had fun exploring the breathtaking terrain before gathering for lunch at Old Rock Cafe. "I haven't had that much fun in a long time," said committee member Rawan Abbasi. The hike took place on April 11 and the Young Adults are already talking about organizing another one this year! See photos.

Night of Comedy

Over 100 people showed up to watch "We Became Americans Finally" at our annual Movie Night held on Thursday, April 9. View the News and Events page for details and the photos in this album.

Significant Growth in Financial Aid for 2014

Last year, the Metrolina Phoenician Club witnessed a significant growth in membership and it was reflected in the amount of financial aid the club was able to provide to nonprofit organizations, as well as the amount of scholarships the club was able to award. Altogether, $15,500 was distributed in financial aid and that makes 2014 the club's most successful year to date! See announcement for details.

2015 Scholarships Now Available

Letter from the President announcing the 2015 Scholarship Fund.

$8,660 in Charitable Donations Distributed

The Metrolina Phoenician Club has dispersed a total of $8,660 in aid to seven nonprofit organizations. The donations - which were given to three charitable foundations in the United States and four in Lebanon - represent our pledged contributions for 2014, in addition to donations made by our newly formed Young Adults group. The nonprofits that received the aid include the Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon ($2,000), Créche Saint Vincent de Paul ($1,500), the Lebanese Society for the Blind and Deaf ($1,500), Safe Alliance ($1,000), SmileTrain ($1,000), Refugee Smiles ($630), and Basmeh & Zeitooneh ($1,030). See Charities for details and photos in this album.

Successful Opening Reception for Lebanese Museum Exhibition

About 200 people attended the Opening Reception of 'Cedars in the Pines' museum exhibit, held on March 6 at the Levine Museum of the New South. The Metrolina Phoenician Club is pleased to have co-sponsored the reception, where guests enjoyed delicious Lebanese food and got a first look at the exhibit, which tells the 130-year history of the Lebanese presence in North Carolina. The exhibit opens to the public March 7 and runs until August 2015. We encourage our members to take their family and friends to see it and learn more about our history in this great state. Cedars in the Pines was researched and developed by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at N.C. State University. See News and Events announcement for details and the photos in this album.

Atlanta Conference Draws Large Group from Charlotte

Sixteen club members went to Atlanta over the Valentine's Day weekend to attend the Midwinter Conference of the Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs, which took place at the Westin Hotel in Buckhead. Tony Bikhazi, the State Vice President of the Federation, sends our members this special report about the group's experience at the conference. See photo album.

Donation Made in Memory of Chapel Hill Students

The tragic news on that three young Muslim students were murdered in their apartment near UNC Chapel Hill sent shock waves through our community, because it was close to home in many ways. The MPC's Young Adults Committee was especially devastated by the news and decided to donate the $420 that was raised at their Valentine's Dance to a project called Refugee Smiles that was being spearheaded by one of the victims Deah Barakat, a promising dental student of Syrian origin. Two board members each matched the money raised and increased the MPC's donation to $1,260 total. See announcement for details.

Awesome Valentine's Dance Party!

It was awesome to see the youths from our community dancing the night away and socializing with friends at the Valentine's Dance Party on February 7, 2015. The MPC's Young Adults committee did us proud and we can't wait to see what they're planning next. To see the photos and stay updated on coming events, make sure to like us on Facebook at The Metrolina Phoenician Club - Young Adults and follow on Instagram at mpc_youngadults.

Waxhaw welcomes a Little Free Library

The opening of a "Little Free Library" in Waxhaw on January 16 was attended by local government representatives, all of whom praised Bella Moubarak, member of the Metrolina Phoenician Club's Young Adults Committee, for introducing the program to their town. See announcement for details and watch the ribbon cutting ceremony in this photo album.

New Year Message from the President

As the New Year begins, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your support throughout the past 12 months. 2014 was a wonderful year for The Metrolina Phoenician Club and it is all thanks to you, our members and friends who supported our community by attending events and making donations. We are off to a good start in 2015, with 60 families having already paid their annual membership dues. Members who haven't yet paid their dues are encouraged to do so now. The rates are kept affordable at $50 per family and $25 per individual, so that membership is accessible to everyone. See announcement for details.

Celebrate Valentine's Day in Atlanta!


The Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs is having its annual Midwinter Conference in Atlanta from February 13-15, 2015. It is being hosted by the Cedar Club of Atlanta, who is planning an exciting weekend of "fun, dance and a little Valentine's Day romance." Atlanta is just a four-hour drive from Charlotte and so this is a great opportunity for our members to attend a Southern Federation function. See announcement for more details and register online at www.sfslac.org.

Christmas Party Huge Success

We are still reeling from the success of our Annual Christmas Party and General Assembly on December 14, 2014. Around 200 members attended and the numbers far exceeded our expectations of about 125! To everyone who attended, thank you for showing your support and for making the party fun and memorable. See News and Eventsfor full details including the list of Board Members nominated to serve in 2015, and then see it all in photos in Album 1, Album 2 and Album 3.

Showing our support to the PCRF

The Metrolina Phoenician Club presented a check for $1,000 to the Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF), at the Charlotte chapter's first fundraiser held on Saturday, November 22. President Lamia Hanna presented the check to PCRF representative Nadeen Dahir and said that the money represents the pledged proceeds from our Karaoke & Game Night held on November 15. Lamia then presented a souvenir to seventeen-year-old Fady Alareer from Gaza, who was brought to Charlotte by the PCRF to receive a prosthetic leg. The event was also a farewell party for Fady, who has touched the hearts of everyone who met him. We are proud to support the PCRF, a worldwide organization that provides free medical care to the poor and sick children of Palestine and other parts of the Middle East. Learn more at www.pcrf.net.


Fun for a cause at Karaoke Night

Our Young Adults held an evening of fun and entertainment on November 15, and it was all for a good cause! Proceeds from the first Karaoke & Game Night will go to the Palestine Children's Relief Fund, which provides free medical care for children in Palestine and other parts of the Middle East.
See the News and Events page for more details and enjoy a glimpse of the fun in this photo album.


Fabulous Fun at Annual Haffle

Our haffle on October 4 was a huge success thanks to everyone who attended and had a ball dancing to the live music of Tony Mikhael and his band. You made all of our efforts worth it!



View the News and Events page for full details, and watch the event unfold in photo albums ONE and TWO.




Scholarships Presented to 2014 Recipients

This year four young people from our community were awarded scholarships totaling $7,000 from the Metrolina Phoenician Club. Christine Yateem and Justina Sedhom received $2,000 each, while Andrew Karam and Laila Itani both received $1,500. An Award Ceremony was held on September 5th at the home of President Lamia Hanna, at which the four recipients were presented with certificates in recognition of their achievements. See announcement for more details and photos from the Award Ceremony in this album.

Shining Like the Sun: Gabrielle Gorman

It is with great pride that we share this inspiring article published in the Charlotte Observer about Gabrielle Gorman, one of our young members who is dedicated to helping others and making a difference in the world. Seventeen-year-old Gabrielle recently organized an ice-skating event to raise funds for GoJenGo, a charitable foundation that supports breast cancer patients. The event, called "Brighter than the Sun," raised $1,800 for this worthy cause. We are truly amazed by Gabrielle's compassion and generosity and we hope her story inspires others to do the same.
Gabrielle is the daughter of Jodi Gorman and the granddaughter of the late Ted Solomon and his wife Madeleine Solomon. You can read the article in the Charlotte Observer.

Houston Convention a Huge Success!

Over 1,000 people converged in Houston for the annual summer convention of The Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs, which took place July 10-13 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Tony Bikhazi, the State Vice President of the Federation, was there to represent the Metrolina Phoenician Club and our beautiful State of North Carolina. He sends our members this special message about his experience attending the convention for the first time. See photo album.

President Sharon Abercia visits Charlotte

The board of the Metrolina Phoenician Club welcomed Sharon Abercia to Charlotte at a dinner reception held on June 28. Ms. Abercia is the newly elected President of the Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs, an umbrella organization encompassing clubs from 20 Southern States including North Carolina. Ms. Abercia was impressed by the membership growth that the Phoenician Club reported this year and encouraged our members to attend the Southern Federation's annual convention being held from July 10 to 13 in her hometown of Houston, Texas. As a token of appreciation for her visit, the board presented Ms. Abercia with a T-Shirt bearing the club's logo. The dinner party was held at the home of Tony Bikhazi and his gracious wife Lakana, who prepared a lavish Lebanese dinner for the occasion. Mr. Bikhazi is the State Vice President of the Southern Federation. See photo album.

Crazy fun at World Cup Party!

Courtyard Hooligans was clearly the place to be for the USA vs. Portugal match on Sunday, June 22. It was jam-packed with a young and raucous crowd and our small group from The Metrolina Phoenician Club found an open area to set up our folding chairs and hookahs - which drew many curious bystanders. One young lady was so fascinated that we came with our own hookahs that she asked board member Wadih Zakhem to try it out. How cool is our culture? The crowd went wild whenever USA scored but the place was dead silent when Portugal scored an equalizer in the final minute to earn a 2-2 draw. If you're looking for a fun venue for Thursday's showdown between USA and Germany, then head over to Courtyard Hooligans! Watch the excitement in this photo album.

Summer Dabke Dance Classes begin!

The summer dabke dance classes have taken off to a great start. We had a good showing of kids and youths at the introductory class on June 17, and they had such a fun time that each and every one signed up to be part of our Balthazar dabke dance troupe. It's not too late to register your children. Contact Abeer Saad at 704.941.4308 or Rolana Sbano at 980.722.3030. Enjoy a glimpse of the fun we all had in this photo album.



Trusted board member Victoria Kaloust resigns due to family commitments and her vacant position is filled by Dr. Wissam Nadra, who previously served the board in 2005 and 2012. See announcement for more details.

President Lamia Hanna donates $3,000 to Scholarship Fund; membership sees growth in 2014; and new board member announced. See here for details.

Our annual Spring Picnic was held on May 4, 2014 at Park Road Park. View the News and Events page for full details.

Our youth group performed a lively dabke dance at Children's World of Play, a cultural event organized by International House. It was held on Saturday, May 3 at ImaginOn Center in uptown Charlotte. Watch their entire routine here.


Movie Night was held on April 10, 2014 at AMC Carolina Pavilion 22. View the News and Events page for full details.

Inviting all 7th and 8th graders to participate in an exciting essay competition! Tell us why you are proud to be an American of Syrian or Lebanese Descent. See announcement for details.

The annual Dutch Treat Event was held on March 23, 2014 at Kabab Je Rotisserie & Grille. View the News and Events page for full details.

Letter from the president announcing the 2014 Scholarship Fund.
We are pleased to announce that the Metrolina Phoenician Club has provided $7,000 in charitable donations to five nonprofit organizations that assist the needy and disadvantaged. The donations - which were given to two organizations in the United States and three in Lebanon - represent our pledged contributions for 2013. See Charities page for details.


Letter from the president reminding members to pay their membership fees for 2014.

Letter from the president announcing the 2014 Board members and plans for the coming year.


The annual elections and Christmas Party were held on December 9, 2012 at St. Sarkis Armenian Church.
The new Board Members were elected. Everyone enjoyed the music, dancing and a good dinner and great desserts, then the children gathered to receive their gifts from Santa Claus.
Check our Photos page for a movie of the event.



Our Fall Picnic was held on September 23rd, 2012 at Park Road Park in Charlotte.
Fully sponsored by the Metrolina Phoenician Club, this event was very well attended.
Check the News and Events page for full details.


Our Dutch Treat Event was held on March 25, 2012. View the News and Events page for full details.


The annual assembly was held on January 29, 2012 for the election of a new board of directors. Food and fun were plentiful. View the News and Events page for full details.


Scholarships
We are pleased to announce the award of the 2010 Scholarships which are presented to members who are recent high-school graduates enrolling in a university. Applications are reviewed, approved and awarded by the Scholarship Committees.
1) Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs Scholarships:
 - Wissam Al Yateem ($1,000)
 - Ryan Chebli ($1,000)
 - Raven Grossek ($1,000)
2) The Tony & Lakana Bikhazi and The Wasfi & Hana Barakat funds:
 - Wissam Al Yateem ($2,000)
 - Raven Grossek ($2,000)



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Scholarships

Two scholarship funds are available for students from our community.
1. The Tony & Lak Bikhazi fund.
2. The Charles and Mary Saleh fund.

The two $2000 scholarships will be awarded to freshman students in College.
See Scholarship Fund for details.

Club Members News

Our best wishes for Cadet Captain Chris Isaac in his career. Chris is shown here shaking hands with Republican presidential candidate US Senator of Ariz. John McCain.

Other News

Kibbe in the Mississippi Delta? See article below.
NPR Kibbe at the Crossroads: A Lebanese Kitchen Story NPR (National Public Radio) on Morning Edition, January 31, 2008, had an interesting article and audio interviews "Kibbe at the Crossroads: A Lebanese Kitchen Story". Click the link for full details.