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Pan-African Association Hosts Celebration to Benefit Chicago’s African Refugees

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Illinois’ 9th Congressional District Representative, will speak at the annual Pan-African Night fundraiser for the Pan-African Association. The Pan-African Association was formed in 2002 to serve, empower and promote the interests of all refugees and immigrants of African descent. As part of the programming for the evening, Congresswoman Schakowsky, along with Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, will be honored as recipients of Pan-African Community Awards.

“The community is our extended family,” says A. Patrick Augustin, executive director of the Pan-African Association, “and the Pan-African Night is a community celebration where we acknowledge those who make an impact on our extended family’s life.”

Pan-African Night will be held Saturday, April 10 at the Levy Center, located at 300 Dodge Ave. in Evanston. The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres and wine at 6:30 p.m., followed by ethnic dining and programming at 7:30 p.m. Performances will include traditional African dancing featuring refugee clients from the Pan-African Association, the West Indian Folk Dance Company, Ghanatta Internationale and DJ Mwelwa.

Tickets are $50 and may be reserved by contacting the Pan-African Association office at 6163 N. Broadway in Chicago or by calling (773) 381-9723.

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