ST. PETERSBURG – The Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association wants to establish a mentoring center in Childs Park and is sponsoring a luncheon Thursday to begin its campaign.

“We want to really introduce the idea to the St. Pete community,” said Abdul Karim Ali, the association’s board chair.

The lunch will be 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S. It is free and open to the public. School Board chairwoman Mary Brown is keynote speaker.

Ahmed Bedier, executive director of the Tampa Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, also is scheduled to appear, as is Deputy Mayor Tish Elston.


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