VoBG support for Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina Fundraising along with the Islamic Community of Bosniaks on BiH Statehood Day Program
VoBG members and supporters coordinated several events with ACBiH Executive Director, Ajla Delkic, on her visit to Seattle for Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Statehood Day events on November 18th and 19th, 2016.
ACBiH is the only institution representing the interests of the Bosnian-American diaspora in Washington DC. On a daily basis, ACBiH, its Executive Director and volunteers, face individuals, lobbyists and organizations that are trying to dismantle Bosnia-Herzegovina or its multi-ethnic nature, as well as those who want to turn Bosnia into an apartheid nation or sow division among Bosnian people of all nationalities.
ACBiH’s Ajla Delkic travelled all the way from Washington D.C. for a 4-day visit with the Bosnian-American communities in the Pacific Northwest. Her first stop included a meeting with VoBG volunteers and supporters at Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle on Friday, November 18th. The next morning, Ajla attended and spoke at a brunch gathering at Zoka Coffee in the University District in Seattle. Zoka cordoned off a large room in the famous coffeehouse for the event, and served up freshly brewed coffee on a blustery autumn day. Attendees bid on gift baskets and memorabilia from the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics in a silent auction.
That evening, the ICBW organized a BiH Statehood Day program where Ajla was welcomed to a full-house. Ajla gave attendees a candid view into the happenings in Washington DC and the role that ACBiH plays in ensuring that the voice of the Bosnian-American community is represented in front of US law and policy makers and influencers. VoBG members and its Board helped ICBW and were honored to be part of this community’s efforts to commemorate Statehood Day of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Approximately two hundred people attended the BIH Statehood Day program, with some families traveling several hours from Vancouver BC, Canada to attend and support this cause. Ajla’s speech left a lasting impression on the community. We are proud to say that as a community we exceeded our goal of raising $5K for ACBH. All of this would not be possible without the contribution of our supporters and ICBW members. VoBG sends a big thank you to Ajla Delkic and ACBiH for serving so effectively in the great cause of advocating for a united Bosnia & Herzegovina, for all its people. You can learn more about ACBiH at www.acbih.org.