The Turkish Cultural Center in Massachusetts (TCC-MA) celebrated its 6th Annual Turkic Cultural Day at the Massachusetts State House. Over 250 people attended the reception throughout the event. Among the distinguished guests were Speaker of the House Robert Deleo, Senator Mark Montigny, Representatives Sarah Peake, Patricia Haddad, Harold Naughton, John Scibak, Kevin Honan, Stephen Kulik, Stewen Howitt, Angelo Puppolo, Gaillane Cariddi.
The program began with a keynote speech by the president of TCC-MA. During his speech Dr. Corlu highlighted the significance of strengthen the ties of friendship, respect and interdependence that exist between the good people of the United States and the good people of the Republic of Turkey. Representative Harold Naughton and Sarah Peake stated how crucial is to celebrate and vocalize the harmony and friendship that exists between the great American and Turkish cultures. Senator Montigny, who had been to Turkey previously, expressed his concerns regarding press freedom in the country, as well as the recent the hope of recent election to bring the democracy to Turkey.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo addressed the benefit of having Turkish community in the state of Massachusetts. He stated that the Turkish-Americans add a little more to the existing diversity in Massacusetts by sharing Turkey’s rich, generous and diverse culture.
The program was the continued with a sufi music, a solo concert given by Volkan Efe. There was plenty of traditional Turkish food for everyone to enjoy. Lunch was followed by Turkish coffee.