Mr. Stephen M. Sweeney's (NJ State Senate President) letter to Pakistani community
It was a remarkable evening of 19th Feb. 2011, when Pakistan-American Society of SJ (PASSJ) held its annual dinner and musical night at Lion's Lake Park, Voorhees Township Hall, Voorhees NJ.
It was attended by about 170 members from diverse communities in South Jersey and many guests from Tri-state area.
The highlight of the evening was the presence of Sen. Stephen Sweeney, President, Senate State of New Jersey, Sen. James Beach, Mr. Lou Cappelli, Director-Camden County Freeholders NJ, Mayor Voorhees Mr. Michael Mignogna, Mayor Waterford Township Marryann Merlino, other elected dignitaries and distinguished Pakistanis.
The program started with the recitation and translation of a verse from Holy Quran by Dr. Nurul Haque followed by national anthems of Pakistan and USA.
PASSJ President Mr. Aqil Khan welcomed the attendees and spoke about the importance of PASSJ and its efforts to promote diversity and bridge the gap of understanding and brotherhood in the area amongst the communities and invite them to different Social, Cultural and Educational Development and Health Awareness programs organized by PASSJ. He also thanked the members of PASSJ Working Committee via Rehan Usmani, Dr. Nurul Haque, Jamil Khan, Sameer Sarfraz, Asim Shafi and Qasim Hussain for their hard work to make this evening a success.
President Senate NJ, Sen. Stephen Sweeney, Sen. Jim Beach, Mayor Voorhees Mr. Michael Mignogna also spoke on the occasion and highly appreciated the efforts and community service of PASSJ to work hand in hand with the County and Govt. officials in the development and progress of State of New Jersey.
Sen. Sweeney was thrilled to receive an award to recognize his dedication and hard work to the citizens of New Jersey, presented by Sen. James Beach on behalf of PASSJ.
PASSJ also was recognized by Mr. Lou Cappelli, Director Camden County Freeholders and presented a Proclamation of service to recognize the dedication and efforts of PASSJ to the communities of South Jersey.
At the end, Mr. Rehan Usmani, Vice President PASSJ read out a thanking note to the attendees and later the dinner was served to participants. Miss Sarah Nayyer and Ms. Maryam Jamil acted as moderators of the program.
After dinner, Ms. Farzana entertained the community with her beautiful voice to sing Pakistani and Indian songs, Ghazals etc.