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CAIR-MD Announces Awards Ceremony Honorees for Inaugural Banquet

CAIR-MD-banquet-2013(GAITHERSBURG, MD, 4/10/13) — The Maryland chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-MD) today announced those to be honored at an awards ceremony during its inaugural banquet to be held on April 28, 2013, at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md.

CAIR-MD will recognize four Maryland residents and organizations that have made significant contributions to the state and have positively impacted countless individuals locally, nationally, and even globally. The four categories in which honorees will be recognized include: Media Excellence, Excellence in Civic Leadership, Community Service, and Youth Leadership.

A locally owned and operated newspaper, The Muslim Link, will be awarded the CAIR-MD Media Excellence Award. The Muslim Link began as a small high school project in 1998 and has grown over the last 15 years to now become the most recognized media voice for the Muslim community in the Greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

The CAIR-MD Excellence in Civic Leadership Award will be presented to Irma Hafeez, a resident of Montgomery County who for over two decades has worked tirelessly to bridge the divide between Muslims and people of other faiths through interfaith initiatives, has served on the board of the Maryland Muslim Council in various capacities since its establishment in 2003, and has been actively involved for years on numerous county boards and governor's commissions.

The CAIR-MD Community Service Award will be presented to Asma Hanif, a nurse residing in Baltimore, MD who has received recognition for founding and operating a Muslim women's and children shelter in Baltimore, MD. She was recently profiled by MSNBC.

Finally, the CAIR-MD Youth Leadership Award will be granted to Noor Tagouri, a 20-year-old Prince Georges' County resident who was the youngest graduate to deliver the address at Prince Georges' Community College's 53rd commencement exercises. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA, and in the past several months has received attention for her ambitions to become a practicing Muslim broadcast journalist. Noor regularly travels the country to give motivational speeches to inspire and encourage her peers to follow their dreams.

PURCHASE TICKETS TODAY: Join us April 28th as the CAIR-MD team proudly recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of these nominees. Register online at to reserve your seat today. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Buy tickets online by 4/27 or email to buy paper tickets. Visit to learn more about us.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MD Vice President Zainab Chaudry, (410) 971-6062,; CAIR-MD President Mudusar Raza,

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