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On June 7th, 2003 Mary Bazargan, Member at Large of the Committee of Ethnic Affairs for the Offices of the County Executive of Montgomery County,  Maryland, opened the Persian Spring Festival with the following words:

Ladies and Gentlemen:

First and foremost, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your presence here tonight.

In celebration of the Iranian-American community in today's diverse society, we are proudly boasting some of our cultural highlights in the Persian Art tonight.

For those of you from other cultural backgrounds, you know the importance and efforts employed to resonate our community and ethnic groups.

You may also comprehend the existence of cultural voids in our daily agendas.  Some examples for the Persians:

¤Our cultural Arts
¤Accessible Persian books and libraries
¤Our daily news
¤And most important, our social gatherings in the U.S.

As sublime as this may be in our busy daily lives, it remains a subconscious void that we may not necessarily voice.

Our goal is to fill these voids for the Iranian-Americans, so that they will preserve and maintain our culture and the importance of our ethnicity for our youths and their future.

In pursuit of such contributions, our cultural and ethnic preservation, I invite everyone to become involved in working together as volunteers for the Iranian-American Community.