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The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona

invites you to join us for the

2015 Building Bridges Awards Dinner

on October 24, 2015 at 5:30 pm !


The ISBA Building Bridges Award is given to individuals or organizations in Arizona who have shown a sincere commitment towards building bridges of understanding between different communities through education. All recipients either currently work with or have worked with the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona towards this end.  All winners are announced each year at the ISBA Building Bridges Awards Dinner.

The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona depends on support from community members. Some give of their time, others give financial support, and yet others give of their talents. Then there are those who consistently go above and beyond. The Light of Knowledge Award helps us recognize their sincere and generous dedication to this organization.

The ISBA Hero award is presented to a person or group who is a shining example of courage and humanitarianism in our local community.  Their inspiring acts of heroism in the face of recrimination inspire those around them to always do the right thing, even if it's difficult. This award is specifically for those who protect or help someone from a different religion or culture/ethnicity than their own.

Phoenix Airport Marriott, 1101 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ  85008

Prayer accommodations will be available.


Imam Khalid Latif is a University Chaplain for New York University, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and a Chaplain for the NYPD. He is also the co-founder of Honest Chops, the first-ever all-natural/organic halal butcher in NYC, the Muslim Wedding Service, an agency specializing in providing charismatic and inspirational marriage officiants for wedding ceremonies, and a partner in the MKO Group, an investment group that owns and operates multiple Edible Arrangements franchises in Manhattan.

He was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at NYU in 2005. He was also appointed the first Muslim chaplain at Princeton University in 2006. Spending a year commuting between these two excellent institutions, he finally decided to commit full-time to New York University's Islamic Center where his position was officially institutionalized in the spring of 2007. Under his leadership, the Islamic Center at NYU became the first ever established Muslim student center at an institution of higher education in the United States.

Imam Latif's keynote address is titled 


Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Maryland, Raef is a singer-songwriter, computer science high school educator, and musician. He has performed across the United States and is known for his unique lyricism and acoustic sound. Raef’s music moves seamlessly between commercially accessible rock tunes, and introspective folk songs.

Over the years Raef has shared his music with faith-based communities across the world. With the heart of a teacher, the sensitivity of a poet, the perspective of a traveler, and the spirit of a rock 'n roller, Raef’s music expands the narrow category of “religious songs” (nasheed) with songs that transcend one-dimensional spiritual themes— reflecting instead on the greater human search for inspiration and purpose.


General Admission Dinner Tickets: $50 per person - You may purchase tickets at the door for $70/person. See registration table for details.

Reserved Table Tickets: $380 per table (tables seat 8 guests)

Supporting Table Sponsor: $1,000 per table (includes table signage & 8 guest tickets)

Building Bridges Sponsor: $5,000 per table (includes name listing on sponsor slide, recognition in event program, table signage & 8 guest tickets)

Save by purchasing tickets online in advance! Dinner tickets are available online only through Friday, October 23 at 9:00pm. If you are bringing a large group, please consider purchasing a table ticket. Each table seats 8 guests.

There are no physical tickets for this event; your payment secures your reservation. Please check in at the registration table starting at 5:30pm.

Payment. Your online ticket purchase will be processed securely via PayPal. If you prefer to pay by check, please use discount code CHECK during the checkout process. Your tickets are not secured until your check is received by ISBA. Checks should be made payable to Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona and mailed to: 4434 N. Civic Center Plaza, Suite 201, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. All checks must be received no later than October 17th. Checks received at the door the day of the event will only be allowed for the at door price. A limited number of General Admission Dinner tickets may be available the day of the event for $75 per person; please purchase early to take advantage of the discount and reserve your seat.

Student Discount. Students may receive 20% off their dinner ticket purchase by using the discount code STUDENT at checkout. Students using this discount code must show their school ID at the registration table the evening of the event.


A zabiha chicken dinner will be served.


This event is restricted to ages 14 and up. Professional babysitting services are available for children at $10 per child.  Please complete the registration form for children needing babysitting during the dinner.  The cost includes babysitting for the entire evening plus pizza, fruit and juice.  Advance registration is required to ensure an adequate number of caregivers is on hand the day of the event.

Cutoff date for babysitting registration is Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 9:00 p.m.


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