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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 Heidi Heffelfinger Todd and Steven S. Todd Fund, Lisherness Foundation, and Nash Foundation.


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.

Anonymous, A Little Lingerie Company, Larry & Caryl Abdo, Accolades Salon & Spa, Aisha Ali, Alsadu, Inc., Amorfia Productions, Apogee Custom Gifts, Bonnie Berquam, Bibelot, Black Forest Inn, Bloomington Studio students, Blume Bauer Clothing Co., Sandra Bodensteiner, Aimee Brask at The HaireETic, Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater, Mary Lynn Buss, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chris Cherewan, Christos Greek Restaurant, Nancy Courteau, Matthew Croy, Dahlal Internationale, Fantasy Grams, Faten Salama, Gardens of Salonica, Jan Geisen, Giorgio’s Restaurant, Guthrie Theater, Laura Harada, Hauser Dance, Jawaahir Dance Company, Terry Joyce, The Jungle Theater, Beth Kendrick, Kenwood Pilates, Mary Kertzman, Nicole LeCorgne, Catherine Liska, Vicki MacNabb, Mediterranean Cruise Café, Judy Meisner, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, Oasis Dance Camp, Tim O’Keefe, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Esther Ouray, Park Tavern, Ragamala Music and Dance Theater, Dianna Rawnsley, Hung Russell, Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream, Sheepskin by Susan Bradford, Cassandra Shore, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Stages Theatre Company, Roberta Webb Steib, The Southern Theater, Storganize, Tea Source, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Udjat Beads, Walker Art Center, Lori A. Wilczek, Zenon Dance Company and School


Friends of Jawaahir

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Diamond ($1000+): Patricia and Fried Auch, Heidi Lisherness, and Eileen O'Shaughnessy

Ruby ($500999): Anonymous, Eileen Goren and Terry Joyce, Catherine Liska, and Kathy McCurdy

Emerald ($100–499): Cynthia Akagi, Ancient Traditions Mehndi, Ron Simons and Mary Lynn Buss, Christine Cameron, Kay Hardy Campbell, Ouahib and Gail Chalbi, Ralph and Betty Cooper, Nancy Courteau, Craig and Janelle Dachtera, Priscilla Dixon, Dawn Doering, Douglas Dudgeon, George Ehrenberg, Felicia Elias, Theodora Fair, Salah A. Fattah, Christine M. Halverson, Libbie Henderson, Joe & Judith Hickey, Mary Kertzman, Lamis, Jeanette Cool and Georges Lammam, Sandra Jane Larson, Carrie MacNabb, Alisa Martodam, Dawn Meyer, Christopher and Sarah Moeller, Molly Morphew, Molly O'Shaughnessy, Nancy Perlman, Catherine Petersen, Debbie Poldoski, Jennifer Roden, Shannon Russell, Kathleen O. Shovelain, Beata Simin, Kirsten Simon, Gloria Simon-Kuzma, Shirley Taramelli, and Heidi and James Waldron

Sapphire (up to $100): Kate Anderson, Anonymous, Lisa Backes, Subir Banerjee, Bob Barnes, Catherine Barros, Sandra Brandvold, Therese Ann Brennan, Klee Burke, Jen Bush, Ann Cathcart, Erica Christ, Joe Chvala, Penny Coffin, Kristen Collins, Karen Cyson, Indrany Datta-Barua, Barbara Franklin, Cyndy Gunderson, Donna Hanbery, Shirley Hogan, Kay Howard, Louise Indritz, Jane Kerr, Kahreen and Kira Kismet, Darleen Kunz, Don LaCourse, Annette Le Duc, Laura Lee, Susan M. Lewis, Meg Luce, Stephanie McDonald, Sue Minor, Dana Olmstead, Laurie Olson Williams, Lee Anne Oman, Lucinda Pool, Carlotta & Carl Posz, Ramona, Dianna M. Rawnsley, Karl Schlotterbeck, R. Silverman, Angela Skrade, Kate Southwick, Marilyn Steber, Dale Sulzen, Raymond Terrill, Mary Turgeon, and Dr. Cheryl Wall

    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.

Come back next year on a Thursday in May.




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.

Genevieve Johnsen  

Genevieve Johnsen is a Jawaahir member and a graphics designer. She has created beautiful Cabaret posters and other fabulous materials.

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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.

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Eileen Goren is the General Manager, through January 2016, and is applying her passion for organization to running the office and keeping the website updated and fun. To watch her keep 32 projects in the air at a time without dropping a single one is to be amazed. She has been a dancer with Jawaahir since the beginning. She can be reached by email at genmanager@jawaahir.org, and with Skype at Booking.Jawaahir.


Jenny Piper is the General Manager in training. 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.




Amy Kirkpatrick of Kirkpatrick Designs in St. Paul is single-handedly responsible for dragging Jawaahir into the 21st century with her sense of design and style, turning our publicity postcards and flyers into true works of art. A dancer herself, she shares a passion for the art of dance. Her website is http://kirkpatrickdesign.com/.


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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