The Lebanese Festival (May) Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon started the Lebanese Festival in August 2010, and it has been ongoing annually without interruption. The reason behind having the festival is to achieve a threefold goal: • To unify our parish family which is made of various backgrounds • To share our five-thousand year Phoenician-Lebanese culture with our New England American community, and • To raise fund in order to help the parish financially Year after year, the Lebanese Festival has been growing, and our threefold goal is gradually and simultaneously being achieved. The Autumn Extravaganza Raffle The Autumn Extravaganza Raffle takes place in the elegant Richard Cardinal Cushing Maronite Community Center which has recently just been completely renovated. It always takes place on the second Saturday of November and basically occurs six months after the festival. As a fundraiser, this event started in 2014 as an alternative to the parish Bazaar. It was a heart break to stop the Bazaar, a long-time parish fall activity, because of the many challenges that the parish was facing: The shortage of people committing to such undertaking; the heavy workload, the great responsibilities, the long months of preparation that the Bazaar imposed; the growing competition and the scanty revenues…! Therefore, a decision had to be made in order to make the event financially successful. The Autumn Extravaganza Raffle fundraiser became the alternative. A completely new concept was introduced. The goal is to sell five-hundred tickets, in and outside the parish, at $100.00 each and raffle off $15,000.00 in prizes. With such strategy, the workload is distributed among many individuals and more people are involved, the expenses are cut, the working period is shortened and the entire event is completed in ONE DAY. Thus, the Autumn Extravaganza Raffle fundraiser is a fun-filled one-day-event, featuring a Lebanese dinner, a live band with dancing and music, and raffle drawing. The prizes consist of a $10,000.00 grand prize in cash, other cash prizes and Gift Baskets, along with prizes like a mini iPad, a flat TV screen, a digital camera, an Apple Watch, just to name of few. Below are the names of the 2016 Extravaganza winners. EXTRAVAGANZA WINNERS LIST 2016 Winners Name Winning # Prize Value Bernadette Issa 38 10,000 Manuel Sarkis 470 1,500 Louis Shamatta 256 1,000 Paul Yazbeck 437 500 Siena Construction Co 78 500 Madeline Alizio 491 500 Edward Mark 313 500 Salwa Soueif 284 500 OTHER RAFFLE PRIZES & WINNERS Salwa Semaan Apple Watch Randa Yazbeck Mini iPad Fouad Saba Apple TV If you wish to reserve a table for the Autumn Extravaganza Saturday night hafli, purchase ticket (s), or donate toward this fundraising event, please contact the Parish Office by calling: 617-522-0225 or email us at

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