Monday, April 22, 2013

Press Release: Kayrouz honored with Humanitarian Award from Major Charitable Organization


Press Release: Kayrouz honored with Humanitarian Award from Major Charitable Organization
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        Ray Hanania
Monday April 22, 2013

Prominent Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz Honored
for her Humanitarian Work by Major Charitable Group

West Bloomfield, Mi -- Life for Relief and Development presented their Annual Humanitarian Award during a dinner fundraiser to prominent Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz in recognition of her work to help the needy.

Kayrouz has made significant donations to charitable causes in Michigan and in Lebanon to help people in need. This year, Kayrouz and her daughters Stephanie and Nathalie, established the Joumana Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation, which provides medical and financial relief to the needy families and children.

Life Fore Relief is a 501 ( c ) 3 charity that raises funds to help Muslims who are in need throughout the World. At the dinner, where Kayrouz spoke about her philanthropic work, said she is inspired by her religious faith and is “thankful to God.”

“Life for Relief has done so much to help needy people, not just Muslims but Arabs and non-Arabs across the globe,” Kayrouz said, noting that the group has brought awareness to the suffering of civilians in war-torn Syria.

“I am honored that they have recognized my own commitment to help people in need. I am grateful to God for my good fortune and I am inspired to share my successes with those in need.”
Kayrouz was accompanied by one of her two daughters, Stephanie Shamma, who helps direct the Foundation.

“What we see in Syria is a real tragedy. I’m not speaking about the politics but about the suffering we are seeing across the entire country. Families, women, children everyone, regardless of race or religion who need help,” Kayrouz said.

“I believe Life for Relief is sometimes the only resource that may be available to those who are suffering. We pray for the people of Syria and throughout the world who experience similar suffering.”

The dinner was held at The Shanandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield and featured entertainment including a performance by renown pianist and Syrian activist Malek Jandali.

Stephanie Shamma presented a donation of $10,000 to Life for Relief during the dinner to express support for their charitable efforts.

Life for Relief was founded in 1992 following the humanitarian crisis that developed after the Iraqi war the previous year. They have raised more than $300 million in charitable donations.

Joumana Kayrouz was named a “Top Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 by DBusiness Magazine, the premier business publication of Detroit, in a survey of more than 18,000 Michigan lawyers.

Kayrouz also received the prestigious 2012 American Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) “Economic Bridge Builder of the Year Award” at their 20th Annual Banquet celebration.

She was named a “Presenting Sponsor” honored during the 50th Anniversary gala of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In 2010 Kayrouz received the Trailblazer Award from the Lebanese American Club of Michigan (LACOM) during their 15th Annual dinner for her achievements in the legal field and for being an outstanding member of the Lebanese-American community.

The Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation is currently underwriting a special TV program in Lebanon that will showcase the challenges of needy people there and provide them with support.

The show is being broadcast on Lebanon’s popular OTV (OTV.com.lb) and worldwide during the Easter holiday season which began Sunday March 31, the traditional date for the celebration of Easter among Catholics, and will continue through Sunday May 5, the date of the Orthodox Easter.

For more information, visit www.JoumanaKayrouz.com
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

American Arab journalists in Metro-Detroit gather to discuss formation of a journalism union

American Arab journalists in Metro-Detroit gather to discuss formation of a journalism union


Video: Arab Journalists meeting in Metro-Detroit hosted at the home of Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz, co-hosted by the National American Arab Journalists Association, Good Morning Michigan Radio and sponsored in part by Ziyad Brothers Importing.   

American Arab Journalists Organize in Metro-Detroit, call for Fairness in Coverage and Media Access

Arab Journalists Plan Future Conferences

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – American Arab journalists gathered this past weekend in a suburb of Detroit to organize a professional union and to plan conferences to advocate for community coverage in the mainstream media.

The summit was hosted by Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz at her Bloomfield Hills home, and supported by Ziyad Brothers Importing, both major advertisers who recognize the need for a vibrant ethnic Arab community media.

Nearly every major Arab media in Metro-Detroit participated and also attending were several prominent American Arabs employed by mainstream media such as WJRS and Styleline Magazine and Arab journalism college students.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

American Arab Journalists Organize in Metro-Detroit, call for Fairness in Coverage and Media Access


American Arab Journalists Organize in Metro-Detroit, call for Fairness in Coverage and Media Access

Arab Journalists Plan Future Conferences

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – American Arab journalists gathered this past weekend in a suburb of Detroit to organize a professional union and to plan conferences to advocate for community coverage in the mainstream media.

The summit was hosted by Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz at her Bloomfield Hills home, and supported by Ziyad Brothers Importing, both major advertisers who recognize the need for a vibrant ethnic Arab community media.

Nearly every major Arab media in Metro-Detroit participated and also attending were several prominent American Arabs employed by mainstream media such as WJRS and Styleline Magazine and Arab journalism college students.

“This was a very important effort to bring American Arab journalists together to strengthen the voices of our community,” said Bassam Mourad, the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Arab Times Newspaper.

Kayrouz said she was honored to be able to host the event at her home.

“As a business person I know how important it is to have a strong, vibrant news media not just for mainstream audiences in America but also to serve and inform our many ethnic communities, especially the Arab community in Metro-Detroit,” said Kayrouz whose Michigan Accident Law Firm is one of the most adept at using media and marketing strategies to make her business successful.

Laila Alhusini, the host of the daily “Good Morning Michigan” radio show on WNZK AM 690 and a local coordinator for the National American Arab Journalists Association, said that the gathering brought together all of the region’s most professional journalists, publications and media.

“We need to organize to make our voices stronger and to also serve as role models for younger Arabs who might pursue journalism or media or even marketing and communications as professional career choices,” Alhusini said.

Fay Beydoun of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, a frequent supporter of the Arab Journalists group NAAJA and organizer of the successful annual Arab American Festival held in Dearborn, served as a facilitator during the summit.

Also joining the session were Yemeni American News reporter Adel Mozip, Hoda Salameh of Styleline Magazine, Linda Mansour of WJR Radio, Walid Jadan Publisher and and Rami Sadeq host of MEA TV and Radio, Amir Denha Editor of the Chaldean Detroit Times, Khalil Hachem of Biz Magazine, Haitahm Aldifaee video production, Abdulnasser Mugali publisher of Arab American Today, Rafic Kairouz of the Moranite Foundation, Kawthar Othman and Nabil Mashni of the Chicago al-Hadath Newspaper, Journalism instructor Tahani Dari who was accompanied by five journalism students from Central Academy, Detroit photographer Nafeh Abunab of Elite Photography, and Mohammed Shawky reporter for the Forum and Link Journal.

Also attending were Al Harp publisher of Salam Romaia, Zaim Al Tay or Arab Woman, Nayef Chedid publisher of the Michigan Arab News, Hasan Hamed of Alsumaria TV channel, Sahir Al-Malih of Sawt al Ghad publication, Kassim Madi a journalist, Aqil alkaabi a writer, Hunayda Asbahi of the Sawasia Charity Foundation, and video producer Haitahm Aldifaee.

For more information visit

www.JoumanaKayrouz.com
www.Ziyad.com
www.NAAJA-US.com

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Detroit Women Raise Funds for Needy at Designer Shoe Auction


Detroit Women Raise Funds for Needy at Designer Shoe Auction

Southfield, MI – Some of Southeastern Michigan’s most influential women leaders attended a fundraiser Thursday (March 28) in honor of Woman’s History Month to help two local charities, bidding not on “hunks” or “vacations” but on shoes.

Co-sponsored by Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence and Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz, the charity dinner featured shoes donated by local retailers including Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, DSW Shoe Warehouse, Sachs and designer shoes donated by local leaders.


Kayrouz hosted the event at her Bloomfield Hills home and increased the total charitable collection by matching the donations dollar-for-dollar. The money will be given to two charities, Mayor Lawrence said, Haven and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Detroit.

“The idea came up during a conversation I had with Joumana to raise money by auctioning off designer shoes as a way to increase the involvement of women during Women’s History Month and to also raise money for needy causes,” Mayor Lawrence said.

“It was kind of like Pumps for Empowerment or Pumps for People and we were privileged to get support from many local businesses that donated shoes that were the focus of the auction. As women we are saying we are powerful women in different positions and we wear pumps. I am a firm believer and Joumana agrees that we need to help others as successful women.”





Kayrouz said she was honored to host the auction commemorating Women’s History Month which is traditionally held every March.

“We invited women leaders from across Michigan including several judges, auto dealership owners, business owners and activists,” Kayrouz said.

“We had 30 of the region’s most influential women joining forces to show they care about those in need. It was a very upbeat program, fun and held for a good cause.”

Kayrouz hosted the event and provided a catered dinner at her home in West Bloomfield Heights. The dinner featured Middle East foods as well as mainstream dishes.

“We took the idea to the business community and they were very supportive,” Mayor Lawrence said. “Joumana Kayrouz is an inspiration for all the work she does to raise funds for those in need and we all appreciated her hosting this at her home.”

For more information visit www.JoumanaKayrouz.com. For photographs, visit the Joumana Kayrouz Blog at http://joumanakayrouz.blogspot.com.

Photos courtesy of Hassan al Atat and Joumana Kayrouz.

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