The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) held its Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Leadership Power Breakfast Tribute on Friday, January 18, 2013 in the Brooklyn Borough Hall. We were fortunate enough to have our students attend the meeting representing our school, the Turkish Cultural Center, and the Amity for Haiti Foundation. The program’s contents revolved around three matters; remembering the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., those affected by Hurricane Sandy, and the people of Haiti three years after the earthquake. Opening remarks were made by Dr. Roy A. Hastick, the President of CACCI, George Hulse, a board member of CACCI, Edmund A. Sadio, CACCI Board Chairman, and Hon. Marty Markowitz, President of the Borough of Brooklyn.  Marty Markowitz was thrilled to see our Amity Students sitting in the midst of this wonderful event. He expressed his gratitude by introducing the students to the audience and saying “Ne mutlu Turkum diyene!”

The special presentation of the day was by Mehmet Kilic, vice president of the Turkish Cultural Center New York. With a slideshow, he showed the audience the events that the Turkish Cultural Center and Amity School organized as “Amity for Haiti.” He then gave the microphone to one of the students, Hayrunnisa Kalac, to describe more of the students’ part in the organization. Everyone in the room was immersed in the pictures on the slideshow as our students explained their journey. When the audience heard that the student body alone raised close to $20,000 in a matter of a few weeks, they erupted into applause.

Our students became the stars of the day. Everyone was astonished by their philanthropic accomplishments and they wanted to congratulate them. One by one, they came up to our students to talk, give business cards and take pictures. Representatives from the Haitian Consulate invited our students to their headquarters in New York City, as well as requesting a picture with them.

As Amity School, we are very proud of our students who went out of their way to help those in need in Haiti. They’ve all expressed the wonderful experiences they have gained from the trip and are eager to continue and expand the beautiful project of “Amity for Haiti.”

Students who attended the trip to Haiti in October 2012:

·       Rumeysa Maras ‘13

·       Canan Kumas ‘13

·       Hayrunnisa Kalac ‘13

·       Mualla Gur ‘14

·       Seda Bektas ‘14

·       Zeynep Abacioglu ‘14

·       Aleyna Kocabas ‘14

·       Busra Sariguzel ‘14

·       Afra Yasa ‘15


January 20, 2013

Reported by Hayrunnisa Kalac, ‘13