Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson presided over the 16th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration on Saturday at Spicy Cuisine Restaurant in Irving. In addition to giving the keynote address, Johnson helped present awards to four individuals for contributions to their communities.
Those honored were Raja Zahid A. Khanzada, a journalist who holds three master’s degrees and certification in alternative medicine; Amina Rab, president of the Council on American Islamic Relations-DFW chapter; Anne Marie Weiss, founder of DFW International; and Sante Santhana Chary, a health care entrepreneur who graduated from Harvard Business School.
Mike Ghouse, president of the America Together Foundation, organized the dinner. The Foundation for Pluralism and the World Muslim Congress also helped with the event.
Ghouse said guests represented many faiths, races and political orientations.
“The purpose of this celebration is to give thanks for the blessed life we all enjoy in the United States,” Ghouse said. “We also want to recognize outstanding Americans for their volunteer efforts to move the nation forward.”
To learn more about his nonprofit, visit americatogetherfoundation.com.