MANCHESTER —The Turkish Cultural Center will hold their 5th annual Friendship Dinner & Award Ceremony on Thurs., November 16 at 540 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor, Manchester.

The annual Friendship Dinner & Award Ceremony is the Turkish Cultural Center's the most important social outreach event of the year. The Center is dedicated to bringing together people from diverse backgrounds. At this event, people with vastly different upbringings, heritages, cultures, and histories come together and share in the common hope and faith that people can understand, accept and learn from each other. This event is a prime example of how, despite differences, people will come together when there is a common goal at hand.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, president of The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice and Dr. Y. Alp Aslandogan, executive director of Alliance of Shared Values, New York.

Turkish Cultural Center Awards publicly recognize the outstanding achievements of those who have distinguished themselves in their profession and service to humanity in the US. The awards are based on a variety of criteria and given in different areas including community service, education, leadership, philanthropy, business, and friendship etc.

This year’s award recipients include Friendship Award: Ben Gamache, president of Gamache Enterprise, Community Service Award: Keith Howard, former executive director of Liberty House, and the Dialogue Award: Becky Field, photographer and author.

Dinner dress code will be business attire, and attendees will enjoy delicious food and Turkish desserts, surprise gifts and a silent auction.

The cost is $30.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.

You can also send your check to 540 Chestnut Street, 2nd floor, Manchester. Checks should be made payable to “Turkish Cultural Center”. Please add all participant name(s) including a phone number and an email address.

For more information, call 603-621-0620, email, or visit



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