The Fundraising event held at the Marriott in Santa Clara, CA with over 700 guests organized by numerous dedicated volunteers on March 9th, 2013.
Program MCs: Bita Milanian & Houshang Touzie
Musical Guests: Andy Madadian & Shani Rigsbee
Published on Mar 11, 2013
On Saturday night, March 9, 2013, Pars Equality Center's (PEC) celebrated its 3rd Annual Nowruz Gala in honor of the Persian New Year at the Santa Clara Marriott. 770 guests gathered to raise awareness and over $250,000 in funds for the Center's social and legal programs, as well as support its expansion into additional U.S. markets.
About Pars Equality Center
Founded by Bita Daryabari in 2010, the Pars Equality Center (PEC) is a non-profit organization, and the first of its kind, supporting the full integration of people of Persian (Iranian) origin in the United States. PEC provides social and legal support for all members of the Iranian American community, including refugees, asylees, immigrants and the American-born. The Center advocates for more positive perceptions of Persians in the U.S. media, while offering services and programs that help establish, integrate and support Iranian Americans so that they are able to function responsibly and productively in American society. Daryabari's aim is to create a more just and compassionate community in which Iranians of all cultures and beliefs can participate. Based in Menlo Park, PEC opened its second office in San Jose in April 2012 and is currently planning expansion into the Los Angeles market. The LA office, located in Westwood, is slated to open April 1, 2013. (http://www.parsequalitycenter.org)