(New York, New York. January 31, 2020) The American Friends of the Bethlehem Development Foundation (AFBDF), a U.S. 501(c) (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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