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CAIR-Florida completes successful online fundraiser to rebuild #HurricaneMichael-ravaged Bay County mosque & Islamic school

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(Miami, Fla., 12/14/18) – On Friday, December 14, 2018, the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR-Florida), the state’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, announced the successful completion of a fundraiser to reconstruct Bay County Islamic Society's Islamic Center and School devastated by Hurricane Michael.
On October 11th, Hurricane Michael slammed ashore at northeast Florida as a Category 4, the strongest ever to hit the Florida Panhandle, causing immense damages to the Islamic Center - practically destroying it - and seriously affecting the adjacent Islamic school.
CAIR-Florida representatives and other CAIR-Florida allies helped mobilize the Florida community members to support the Launch Good campaign: Hurricane Michael Disaster Relief: Rebuild Panama City Masjid & School. The campaign was promptly set up by CAIR-Florida’s Executive Director, Hassan Shibly, and soon met and exceeded the initial $50,000 goal to realize a grand total of $106,900. CAIR-Florida’s Communications Director, Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, in coordination with ICNA Relief’s Chief Operations Officer, Abdul Rauf Khan, was able to be on the ground a few days after Hurricane Michael leveled Panama City and Mexico Beach.
The spiritual leader for the Bay County Muslim community, Imam Amr Dabour, stated, "We thank CAIR-Florida's effort in organizing this fundraiser. This was an example of a community coming together to collaborate. In the past we were able to assist others, now others are assisting us. A humbling experience. On behalf of the Bay County Islamic Society, Thank You! ... May Allah reward you in full."
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About CAIR-Florida / Acerca de CAIR-Florida
CAIR-Florida's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR-Florida es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, proteger las libertades civiles, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


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