St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church
ST. SHARBEL CHURCH 5TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL
“A TASTE OF LEBANON”
Portion of Proceeds to Benefit
Child Abuse Prevention
September Celebration to Offer Authentic Lebanese Cuisine and Entertainment
WARREN, MI, August 10, 2012 – A three-day festival will offer a rich sampling of Lebanese traditions including authentic Lebanese food made from the finest Michigan produce and ingredients. Freshly made Middle Eastern dishes and traditional entrees, from the flavorful hummus to chicken kabobs to fresh salads and sweet baklava will be served for lunch and dinner.
The festival features entertainment by popular American and Lebanese performers and disc jockeys providing an energetic venue for music and dance. Visitors will also enjoy fun-filled family activities including face painting, caricatures, moonwalks and bouncy houses, performances by local Dabkeh Dance Troupes, a volleyball tournament, Euchre tournament, and a cash prize raffle.
For the first time in festival history, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local non-profit organization, Childhelp. Contributions will support Childhelp Michigan, which ensures that the abused, neglected and at-risk children throughout southeast Michigan continue to have the safety and protection they need in order to live the happy and healthy lives they deserve. On Sunday at 12:15 pm, the Church will join Childhelp for its signature Balloon Ceremony. Hundreds of balloons will be launched, each carrying an inspirational, heartfelt message.
The festival is from 5 - 11 pm on Friday, September 7; noon to 11 pm on Saturday, September 8; and noon to 8:30 pm on Sunday, September 9, at St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church (31601 Schoenherr Road, Warren, MI). For more information call (586) 826-9688 or visit stsharbelwarren.com.
About St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church: Saint Sharbel Maronite is an Eastern Rite Catholic Church, located in the heart of Warren, Michigan and is the largest Maronite community in the United States. Weekend Divine Liturgies are celebrated in both English and Arabic. Saint Sharbel Church has been a "home away from home" for many families that have immigrated from Lebanon and overseas.
About Childhelp Michigan: Childhelp® exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. In 2006, Childhelp opened the Foster Family Agency of Michigan, to meet one of our state’s most pressing child welfare needs by providing therapeutic, competent and compassionate foster care. In 2010, the facility became a fully licensed adoption agency as well. Childhelp offers mentoring services to youth in foster care and youth at risk for entering the child welfare field. As well as offering community based one on one mentoring, the program has four school based programs working with children from first grade to high school.