We held our 2nd annual Claremont Canopy family Iftar. We all agree at Canopy this is our favorite event of the year. It is a time for us to come together and have a wonderful evening with our families. The Canopy team does all the cooking, it is a true labor of love! Thank you Anne, Brenda, Amy, Brian and Jennifer for all the work you did to make this a wonderful evening. And thank you to the Meat Cellar in Claremont who generously donated enough beef Kebabs for all our guests. They were delicious.
We usually have the Iftar at one of our homes but do to the extended “California Winter” the rain left us scrambling for a new venue! Thankfully the pastors of Claremont United Church of Christ, who are steadfast Canopy supporters, offered their banquet hall for us to use for the evening. It was a beautiful and very powerful moment when our Muslim brothers and sisters broke the fast in prayer, surrounded by those of us at Canopy that adore them and in a house of worship that welcomes all expressions of faith.
We made a ridiculous amount of food. I even attempted the Syrian salad Fattoush, I almost had it but had to call in Maysaa at the last minute to help me with the dressing! So close! We had halal lamb, chicken and beef, with beautiful salads and too many sides to count. We ended the evening with coffee, sweets and even a Yalla cake. It was wonderful to spend the evening together and show our Canopy families just how happy we are to have them in our community. We are already looking forward to next year’s Iftar!
Director and Founder, Claremont Canopy