First Annual ICF Gala and Awards Ceremony a Huge Success

November 14, 2011
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On October 1, the Iranian Cultural Foundation – Houston held its first gala with resounding support from the Iranian-American and Houston communities.  Hosted at the J.W. Marriott, the event was attended by over 150 supporters of the ICF as well as a number of dignitaries.  This year’s award was given to prominent Iranian architect Houshang Seyhoun for a lifetime of achievement in art and architecture and a positive representation of Iranians across the world.


Unfortunately, he was not able to attend the event due to last-minute travel restrictions, but the ICF, in collaboration with the Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston endowed a scholarship in his name, which was awarded to a lucky recipient that evening.  The endowed scholarship will be funded through the support of the local community over the next three years and the $25,000 endowment will perpetually guarantee a $1000 scholarship to be awarded every year.  The vision of the endowed scholarship is to get the architects of the future to recognize the contribution of Iranian-Americans to the profession and to be inspired by their works.


A documentary about his life was also shown during dinner.  The annual gala is also ICF’s annual fundraiser, and through generous donations, a silent auction, and a rousing live auction conducted by professional auctioneer and ICF board member Navid Zanjani, the bar was set high for future events with over $18,000 raised.  The evening concluded with the modern jazz sounds of Ziba Shirazi, who delighted the crowd until the end.