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Who Supports Jawaahir?



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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Jawaahir every time you shop on Amazon, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile looks and acts exactly like your regular Amazon shopping experience in every way, except Amazon donates a portion of the purchase price to Jawaahir. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com and start donating to your favorite charity—us. Happy shopping!


Recent Grants

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I.A. O'Shaughnessy Foundation
Jawaahir received a $25,000 grant from the I.A. O'Shaughnessy Foundation.

It is difficult to express the gratitude everyone at Jawaahir feels towards the I.A. O'Shaughnessy Foundation for their generosity over the last 25 years in funding Jawaahir. The foundation is a large reason the dance company thrives today. Their funding carried Jawaahir through tough times and allowed dance students to experience the differences and sameness of the movements and music from other cultures. Their support allowed Middle Eastern dance and music--the joy and sadness, the ways in which we are different and yet the same--to be presented at the Southern Theater yearly. Education is the foundation of success, and we are proud to be following in the steps of I.A. O'Shaughnessy in educating our community. Thank you.

You can acknowledge the generosity of the O'Shaughnessy Foundation and help Jawaahir by sending them a thank you email.


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Jawaahir has received donations from the Target Foundation for more than five years for $5,000 to help support our community outreach programs. We are pleased that Target has chosen us to help carry on their mission of supporting arts organizations in our communities.

A mainstay of Target’s community commitment is the support of visual art, music, dance, independent film and design programs. The arts have the power to bring communities together and help people see the world from different perspectives, and Target is committed to making arts and cultural experiences more affordable and accessible for families and children.

Jawaahir has taught and performed at Target Family Days at the Minneapolis Art Institute three times. Video of the adults and children dancing can be found here.




In addition to the above foundations, Jawaahir's activities are made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Martha Wren Charitable Fund.


Government Support

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Our activities are made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
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Companies and Organizations


Over the last year the following companies and individuals have donated items that have enhanced every Jawaahir event. From food for the Henna party and Cabarets, through donations of all kinds for the yearly fundraising Gala, to the paint on the walls, we couldn't do what we do without their generous contributions.

Abdallah Candies, Ancient Traditions Mehndi, Anonymous, Ansari's Mediterranean Grill & Lounge, Belly-Ana, Bibelot, Black Forest Inn, Tamara Borchardt of Fire and Water Perfumery, Brave New Workshop, Bryant-Lake Bowl, Mary Lynn Buss, Rana Campbell-Beams, Chris Cherewan, Children's Theatre Company, Kate Coon, Nancy Courteau, Ethnic Dance Theatre, Fresh Look Studio, Fulton, Gandhi Mahal Restaurant, Jan Geisen, Eileen Goren, Guthrie Theater, Haskell's The Wine People!,  HI-LO Diner, Hollywood Music Center, Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, Hung Russell, Izzy's Ice Cream Café, LLC, Jawaahir Dance Company, Genevieve Johnsen, Jungle Theater, Terry "Shanti" Lambert, Landmark Theatres, Catherine Liska, Kay Marszalek, Kathy McCurdy's Thursday Morning Class, Mediterranean Cruise Café, Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Sword Club, Mother Earth Gardens, Oasis Dance Camp, Out on a Limb Dance Company and School, Patrick's Cabaret, Jenny Piper, Debbie Poldoski, Ragamala Dance Company, Dianna Rawnsley, Red Cow/Red Rabbit, Red Stag Supperclub, Rock Camp For Dads, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Science Museum of Minnesota, Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream Café, Seward Co-op, She Rock She Rock, Cassandra Shore, St. Paul Saints, Maria D. Stevens; Palm Bay International, Daniel Thompson, Vertical Endeavors, WA Frost and Company, Weisman Art Museum, Lori Wilczek - Lori Anngelo Designs, Wise Acre Eatery, and Zorongo Flamenco.


Friends of Jawaahir

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Diamond ($1000+): Anonymous, Fred and Patricia Auch, Malika Benachour, Priscilla Dixon, Eileen Goren and Terry Joyce, Theresa Kane, Lisherness Foundation, Kathy McCurdy, and Eileen O'Shaughnessy.

Ruby ($500999): Nancy Courteau, Sarah Maas, and Christopher Moeller.

Emerald ($100–499): Salah Abdel Fattah,  Allina Health,  Ancient Traditions Mehndi,  Anonymous,  Anonymous,  Anonymous, Lisa Bah, Linda Brinkmeier, Ouahib Chalbi, Jeanette Cool and Georges Lammam, Kate Coon, Megan Cunningham, Doug Dudgeon, George Ehrenberg, Theodora Fair, Joan Gatzmeyer, CM Halverson, Kay Hardy Campbell, Catherine Liska, Carrie MacNabb, Kathy Martin, Mitchell McMillen, Melanie Meyer, Paula Miller, Sandy Moore, Karim Nagi, Wendy Nemitz, Francesca Palermo, Jenny Piper, Debra Poldoski, Susan Raatz, John Repp and Laura Lee, Ivan Rosen, Mary Roth and Mike Elledge, Cassandra Shore,  Kathleen O. Shovelain, Kirsten Simon, Dale Sulzen, Angel Teske, and Jennifer Wagner.

Sapphire (up to $100): Anonymous, Anonymous, Antonio H.  Albarran, Cynthia Akagi, Lisa Backes, Sandra Bacon Haag, Lee Beaty, Leo and Lois Bjorlie, Melinda Bobo, Dee Boyd-Aslanidis, Klee Burke, Samantha  Burnstein, Patricia Cavanaugh, Christine Cherewan, Erica Christ, Penny and Robert Coffin, Megan Cunningham, Karen Cyson, Teresa Del Giorno, Helen Drake, Leigh Droege, Clem  Duffy, Kian Dwyer, Alana Erickson, Michelle Farinella, Nancy Nadia Gatto, Edward  Gerard Olson, Jean Gfall, Nicole Gibas, Pam Gleason, James Grippo, Linda Grondahl, Lee Hall, Randy and Kelly Hamilton, Laura Harada, Sue Healy Souzan, Libbie Henderson, Kay Howard, Kathleen Jacobson, Jean Jarvis, Pam Kaufman, Jean Kerkes, Theresa Kopecky, Dave Larson, Robert Larson, Stephanie Lundquist, Alisa Martodam, Paula Miller, Sue Minor and Patrick McCabe, Deborah Morse-Kahn, Dini Nelson, Mariann Nelson, Marya Nowakowski, Laurie Olson Williams, Sunny Pare, Cathy Petersen, Carlotta Posz, Carmine Profant, Nancy Redig, John Repp, Jennifer Roden, Miriam Samuels-Schwartz, Gale Sequeira, Renee Silverman, Verna Simon, Charisse Sisou, Eric and Dawn Sommers, Kate  Southwick, Sultana Taj, Caleena Tarantino, Christine Shadia Tohme, Turquoise International, Alma Walker, Dr. Cheryl Wall, Jennifer Wax, Denise Williamson, and Cathy Wurzer.

    Yearly Fund Raiser

Gala 2012
Caravan Under the Stars


Thanks to everyone who made this year's Caravan Under the Stars a very successful fundraiser. To all the staff, our MC Cathy Wurzer, our auctioneer Gary Kruger, Salah Abdel Fattah, members of Jawaahir Dance Company, and the volunteers, who all turned out in force, then jumped in wherever the need arose, to solve problems and provide a grand experience for our guests. Thanks go to each of the over 90 individuals and businesses who donated items to this year's auction. And a very special thanks to all our guests who gave to us their time and riches to help keep the spirit of Jawaahir thriving for another year.




The heart of any non-profit organization is its volunteers. Unpaid and often overlooked, they keep the flame burning. While few in number, our volunteers are among the best anywhere. Passionate and committed, they continually go above and beyond to make everything they touch better, because they believe in the cause.

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Eileen Goren retired as the General Manager but continues to lend her amazing skills to the office staff. She is editor extraordinaire and helps revise all of our valuable grants, show programs, class flyers, and basically anything that has text. She also assists in the website development department.

Genevieve Johnsen  

Genevieve Johnsen is a Jawaahir member and a graphics designer. She has created beautiful Cabaret posters, our amazing show postcards, and other fabulous materials.

Enchanted Evening poster

Terry Joyce is husband to Jawaahir member Eileen Goren. Enjoying taking things apart, modifying and rebuilding them better than before, he has found a limitless source of things that need improving. Over the years he has volunteered for projects too numerous to mention and, luckily for us, has appointed himself Director of International IT Operations, Jawaahir Dance Company.

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Kathy McCurdy is volunteering to keep our books in proper order, and is one of the original Jawaahir company members. We dancers are used to balancing various items, but Kathy balances our books!


Dale Sulzen is a professional jack of all trades. Ceiling to floor, electrical to plumbing, Dale is the person who we all turn to for all things electro-mechanical. Dale is the one person you want stranded on a desert island with you. At one time or another Dale has modified, repaired, or improved every light, socket, motor, theater lighting instrument, wire, cable, and circuit in our space.

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Cathy Wurzer, NPR radio personality and co-host of TPT2's Almanac, volunteers her time to MC our yearly fundraising gala.


Office Staff


Cassandra Shore, The Boss, is in charge of the vision and the strategy, overseeing the books, and making the big decisions. In short, the buck stops with her.


Jenny Piper is the General Manager. She'll be taking over the reins in February, 2016. Jenny has been a member of Jawaahir since 2000, and is now learning all the behind-the-scenes work to keep everything moving along smooooothly! She'll rent space to you and update the website with new Company photos, and creating descriptions and registration forms for events. She can also be reached by email at genmanager@jawaahir.org, and with Skype at Booking.Jawaahir.

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Angela Skrade is our Administrative Assistant, the glue that holds the team together, and we couldn't get along without her. She makes sure the database is up-to-date, lists are printed, CDs are burned, and shipments go out. When you think you need something, she has it ready for you. She can be reached at admin@jawaahir.org.


Lori Wiczek is part of our administration that handles the "little things" that make a big difference to everyone in the office and on the studio floor.




Sandy Moore has added her expertise to our grantwriting team. She finds new possible donors and wheedles her wonderful way into their good graces. We are all the richer for having her joyous countenance working for us!


Hilary Smith has spent a lifetime working in and around theaters. She has been the lighting designer for all Jawaahir and Cassandra shows at our theater, as well as Guild shows, for longer than any of us remember.


Board of Directors

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Patricia Auch


Kay Hardy Campbell is a writer and musician with a long-time interest in the music and folk dance arts of the Gulf region. She learned the folk dances while an eight-year resident in Saudi Arabia, and has been teaching American women the folk dances of the Gulf for 30 years. She also helps direct the Arabic Music Retreat at Mount Holyoke College.


Salah Abdel Fattah


Eileen Goren


Theresa Kane


Kathy McCurdy


Melanie Meyer


Eileen O'Shaughnessy


Jenny Piper

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