Charities The Metrolina Phoenician Club presently supports five charities annually. The donations take place at the end of each calendar, using the money raised at various fundraising events as well as the annual membership fees.
March 23, 2015 We are pleased to report that 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, who are learning the importance of supporting nonprofits that assist the needy and disadvantaged.
On March 21, the entire Young Adults group accompanied a delegation of board members to Safe Alliance, a Charlotte-based organization formerly known as the Shelter for Battered Women. Representing the MPC were Lamia Hanna, President, Tony Bikhazi, State Vice President of the Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs, and Rolana Sbano, Head of the Young Adults Committee. The group presented a check for $1,000 to Kathy Gauger, Director of Residential Services at Safe Alliance. They were given a tour of the facility, which provides critical crisis services to those victimized by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse or other types of trauma.
The Young Adults group made their first commitment to support nonprofits in February, when they donated $630 to Refugee Smiles, an upcoming project to provide free dental care to Syrian refugee students in Turkey. It was being spearheaded by Deah Barakat, one of the three victims of the Chapel Hill shooting. The Young Adults raised another $1,030 for Basmeh & Zeitooneh, a charitable organization in Lebanon that helps Syrian refugees.
On a visit to Lebanon this year, Tony Bikhazi took the opportunity to personally deliver two checks to nonprofit organizations that we regularly support there. A check for $1,500 was given to Sister Joseph Azar for the orphanage Crèche Saint Vincent de Paul, while Mrs. Rose Marie Jemayel graciously accepted a check for $1,500 for the Lebanese Society for the Blind and Deaf.
Additional donations were given to the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon ($2,000) and SmileTrain ($1,000), the world’s leading charity for cleft palate surgery. Based in New York City, it has thousands of programs in over 80 of the world’s poorest countries.
The MPC is committed to helping these charitable organizations because of the invaluable work they do to assist the underprivileged. Nonprofits mostly depend on donations to continue their work caring for the less fortunate. With this in mind, we encourage you to pay your annual membership fees and participate in our club’s fundraising activities, so that we in turn can keep supporting them.
SUMMARY OF DONATIONS MADE IN 2015
Lebanese Nonprofit Organizations
- Creche St. Vincent du Paul: $1,500
- The Lebanese Society for the Blind & Deaf: $1,500
- Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon: $2,000
- Basmeh & Zeitooneh: $1,030 Donation by MPC Young Adults
US Nonprofit Organizations
- Safe Alliance: $1,000
- Smile Train: $1,000
- Project Refugee Smiles (Syrian Dental Relief): $630 Donation by MPC Young Adults
Total Donations: $8,660
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.
On February 4, President Lamia Hanna and Board Member Tony Bikhazi presented a check for $1,000 to Kathy Gauger, the Director of Residential Services at Safe Alliance. This Charlotte-based organization, formerly known as the Shelter for Battered Women, provides critical crisis services to those victimized by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse or other types of trauma.
Another check for $1,000 was donated to SmileTrain, the world's leading charity for cleft palate surgery. Based in New York City, it has thousands of programs in over 80 of the world's poorest countries.
The three organizations in Lebanon that received donations were the Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon ($2,000), the Lebanese Society for the Blind and Deaf ($1,500) and Crèche Saint Vincent de Paul ($1,500). We are committed to helping these charities because of the invaluable work they do to assist the underprivileged in Lebanon.
These charitable foundations mostly depend on donations to continue their work caring for the less fortunate. With this in mind, we encourage you to pay your annual membership fees and participate in our club's fundraising activities, so that we in turn can keep supporting them.
Amount donated for 2008: $3,000
The Lebanese government has stopped supporting this Home because the children who dwell and are treated here are not of Lebanese parents, therefore, the Home is looking for any donation and help they can get.
Amount donated for 2008: $4,000
Shown in this picture, Mr. Tony Bikhazi handing over the donation check on behalf of the Metrolina Phoenician Club, to Mrs Wadad Lahoud the principle of the School for the Deaf & Blind.
Mrs. Wadad Lahoud is a great trooper who fights hard for the children and young people they have in the school and needs every penny she can get to continue their higher education. Braille laptops would be the greatest gift they could ask for in 2009.
The school has approximately 160 students of which some are live in and some are day students.
Amount donated for 2008: $3,000
Crèche St Vincent De Paul is headed by Soeur Laurice Obeid and is helped by a group of nuns. They were very appreciative of the Metrolina Phoenician Club donation, and wish the Club and all its members a happy and healthy 2009.
The Club received a thank you note from Crèche St. Vincent De Paul..
Amount donated for 2008: $3,000
The Children's Cancer Center Lebanon is an affiliate of St Jude in Memphis.
Mr. Tony Bikhazi, on behalf of the Metrolina Phoenician Club handed over the donation check, and later met with Dr. Miguel Abboud, head of the center, who thanked the Club and our members for their thoughtfulness.
The picture on the right, shows from right to left, Mr. Tony Bikhazi, Dr. Samar Muwakkit Balaa, head nurse Randa Shaheen, Mr. Karim Zein who is a young patient at the center, and Mrs. Lak Bikhazi.
Amount donated for 2008: $2,000
The Shelter for Battered Women, a division of United Family Service, offers counseling, support and a safe haven for women and their children who are in danger of abuse form the woman's intimate partner. The Shelter provides women and children with information and resources to assist them in establishing a violence-free home.
The Club received a thank you note from the Shelter for Battered Women.