July 21, 2011, Washington, D.C. – The electricity and energy in the air was contagious as thirteen people with thirteen different personalities and backgrounds came together for one vision and one goal: to make an impact on our communities. In June 2011, history was made at the inaugural meeting of the PAAIANexGen National Organizing Committee—a national leadership body comprised of some of the best and the brightest young Iranian Americans across the country.
July 19, 2011, Washington, D.C. – The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) would like to congratulate NexGen leader, Amir Bagherpour on getting recognized by former President Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative for his commitment to action with the establishment of the MedPulse Foundation. At the CGI America Conference in Chicago this past June, the foundation he created was recognized for its commitment to enhancing the capacity of hospitals and health centers located in underserved communities such Bakersfield, California in meeting the ever increasing shortage of physicians. His foundation has already raised $300,000 in the first year of existence and is targeted to raising $1.4 million resulting from the partnerships gained through the Clinton Global Initiative.
July 19, 2011, New York, NY – On a beautiful July Saturday in New York, a group of Iranian Americans descended upon the Hudson Terrace rooftop lounge for a night of art, introductions and — of course — dance. The event, the 5th Anniversary Celebration of The Network of Iranian Professionals of New York (NIPONY), was sponsored in part by PAAIA’s youth group, NexGen.
The “Hamptons style” event featured art by acclaimed Iranian artist SormehSaei, live music by PiruzPartow and the Thursday Night All Stars and mode fashions from Persian Apparel designer Cyrus Arian. As dusk hit and a striking summer sunset bathed over the rooftop, the popular DJ duo Alex and Amir (who flew in from Paris, where they were on tour) started a set that ably blended up-tempo Los Angeles Iranian music with the hottest pop, hip-hop, Latin and house songs of the moment. By this time, the crowd, which had previously been mostly engaged in polite, handshake introductions had hit the dance floor.
PAAIANexGen Nation-wide launch weekend in Washington, DC: September 17-18th!
PAAIANexGen is hosting launch events during the Passing the Torch of Success weekend in Washington, DC, with major events on September 17th which include a reception with PAAIA Board Members and trustees, dignitaries from the Iranian American community, as well as a launch party on that evening.
Mark your calendar for NexGen’s launch and the PTT, September 17th-18th in our nation’s capital.
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