The American Friends of the Bethlehem Development Foundation Hosts Dinner in New York City

Mar 14, 2020 | Media, Press Release

(New York, New York. Jan­u­ary 31, 2020) The Amer­i­can Friends of the Beth­le­hem Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (AFBDF), a U.S. 501© (3) non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to the restora­tion of the Holy Region of Beth­le­hem, held a very suc­cess­ful din­ner brief­ing on Jan­u­ary 31, 2020 at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York City,  attend­ed by over 80 guests.

AFBDF was hon­ored to have the patron­age of: HE Met­ro­pol­i­tan Joseph, Arch­bish­op of the Anti­ochi­an Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian Arch­dio­cese of North Amer­i­ca, HE Arch­bish­op Elpi­dophoros, Arch­bish­op of the Greek Ortho­dox Arch­dio­cese of Amer­i­ca, HE Arch­bish­op Tim­o­thy Car­di­nal Dolan, Arch­bish­op of New York, HE Arch­bish­op Anousha­van Tanielian, Prelate of the Armen­ian Apos­tolic Church of Amer­i­ca (East­ern) USA, HE Bish­op Daniel Find­ikyan, Pri­mate of the East­ern Dio­cese of the Armen­ian Church of Amer­i­ca (East­ern) USA, HE Arch­bish­op Vick­en Aykaz­ian, Dioce­san Legate in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. and Ecu­meni­cal Direc­tor of the Armen­ian Church of Amer­i­ca (East­ern) USA, HE Bish­op Gre­go­ry John Man­sour, Bish­op of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn

In addi­tion, AFBDF expressed grat­i­tude to those indi­vid­u­als who made this suc­cess­ful event pos­si­ble:  Father Thomas Zain, Father Alex Kar­lout­sos, Mr. and Mrs. George Jali­nos, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Audi, and Mr. and Mrs. Sal­im Abboud, Sheikh and Mrs. Sami Merhi.

“We were hon­ored to have such high ‑lev­el atten­dance by both our guest speak­ers and atten­dees.  Their com­mit­ment and enthu­si­asm to help revi­tal­ize the Church of the Nativ­i­ty where Jesus Christ was born was evi­dent.” not­ed AFBDF Pres­i­dent George Salem.

The Amer­i­can Friends of the Beth­le­hem Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (AFBDF) was found­ed in 2017 to estab­lish finan­cial assis­tance, grass­roots sup­port, and recog­ni­tion for the devel­op­ment of the Holy City of Beth­le­hem. AFBDF sup­ports the efforts of the Beth­le­hem Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (BDF), a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion head­quar­tered in Beth­le­hem and found­ed by the late Said Khoury, with a Board of Trustees now chaired by his son Samer Khoury. BDF’s mis­sion is to imple­ment Mr. Khoury’s vision to cre­ate a sus­tain­able econ­o­my and infra­struc­ture for Beth­le­hem, and to enable the Holy City to sparkle as a peace­ful bea­con and unique spir­i­tu­al cen­ter of the world for pil­grims of all faiths. AFBDF desires to expand its pres­ence in the Unit­ed States to seek sup­port for the birth­place of Jesus Christ.


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