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“Many state capitols, city halls and [federal] agencies host Iftars for dignitaries and public officials, but Pomona is the only city where we invite the dignitaries to serve residents of the neighborhood, in a true spirit of Ramadan”, said Elliot Rothman, the Mayor of Pomona at today’s community Iftar event.
The Neighborhood Iftar celebration was organized by MiNDS, a community development foundation in conjunction with City of Pomona’s Garfield Neighborhood Center, a community service center operated by the city.
About 200 individuals and families were served a gourmet four course meal prepared and donated by chefs at Antonino’s Italian Restaurant in Rancho Cucamonga. Twenty-five volunteers composed of interns, civic and community leaders participated in the program and helped serve the families from this community.
Councilwoman Paula Lantz who represented this district presided over the preparations and Angie Castro, the Senior Deputy of LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina offered her support to the ongoing efforts in community development in this area.
“The underpinning philosophy of this project is to entertain the underserved families in the area in the most dignified way and show them our respect and support”, said Dr. Faisal Qazi, the President of MiNDS.
Pomona Police Dept representative, Officer B. Sutherland entertained the request by MiNDS to begin preparation for serving upwards of 500 people next year.
For further information, please visit www.mindsnetwork.org
Photo: Volunteers led by Pomona PD Rep, Officer Sutherland begin to serve dinner