To the Editor:
On Saturday, April 25, the 5th annual Centreville International Showcase was held at the Centreville United Methodist Church to celebrate the diversity and share the many cultures that make up of our unique community. With the support of 250 audience members, we enjoyed the talents of Sarah Berrios, Sam Lincoln, Benito Raymundo-Chavez, Salvadoran-Honduran Children’s Dancers from London Towne, Jung Ok Lee, Alberto Ramirez, O’Neill James School of Irish Dance, Sanjana and Sanyuktha Srikanth, Grupo Artístico Conquistando Sueños, Korean Senior Harmonica Group, Kofi Dennis and Friends, and Hephbizah Worship Dance Group, who were all supported by our three masters of ceremony and sound/light technicians.
We welcomed special guests who brought greetings and appreciation: U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly, Sully District Supervisor Michael Frey, and School Board members Ilryong Moon and Kathy Smith. We wish to thank the Centreville United Methodist Church, Korean Central Presbyterian Church, and WashingtonFirst Bank (Fair Lakes) for going above and beyond in their support of our event.
We thank our many community supporters for their donations for dinners and raffles: Two Amigos, Chicken Latino, Citimart International Market, Tandoori Village, Guapo’s, El Quetzal, Cuna del Sol, el Taco, and Indian Ocean; Trader Joe’s, Jireh Bakery and Café, Walgreens (Mr. Sarhan), Carrabba’s, Harris Teeter, Starbucks, Party City, and the Giant stores on Stone, St. Germaine, and Union Mill Roads.
We could not have had the success that we did without the unselfish volunteers from Girl Scouts throughout the area, Beta Zeta Chapter (Alpha Delta Kappa), Rotary Club of Centreville-Chantilly, George Mason University, and the friends and family they brought with them. We also thank journalist Bonnie Hobbs for another year of thoughtful reporting and joyful pictures of the Showcase. We hope to see everyone for next year’s event on April 23, 2016.
Alice Foltz,President, Centreville Immigration Forum
Carol Robinson, Chair, Centreville International Showcase