Celebration Banquet: Honoring Our Community Heroes
The 3rd Annual West Coast Education Forum concluded with a celebration banquet honoring one of the community’s most endeared members, Dr. Maher Hathout, in addition to recognizing the unsung heroes amongst our educators. The evening was emceed by Habeeb Quadri, who introduced the keynote speaker, Imam Mohamed Magid, ISNA president. Entertainment was later provided by nasheed artist, Mohamed Hussein.
The ISNA Community Hero Award was presented to Dr. Maher Hathout, a retired physician who is best known for his tireless commitment to public service and his key leadership role as a Senior Advisor for the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). Due to health reasons, Dr. Hathout was unable to be physically present, but was able to communicate with the banquet audience via Skype. His award was received on his behalf by one of our community leaders, Dr. Omar Alfi. Dr. Eba Hathout, Dr. Hathout's niece, was also present to pay tribute to him, along with Br. Jihad Turk, member of ISNA Executive Council as well as the west zone officer.