Featuring highlights from MPAC's 25 years of service, the banquet showcased a poignant video sharing MPAC's early days with a modest $30,000 budget to today's major inroads in politics, media, law enforcement and interfaith work.
A Community Leadership Award was presented to Judge Halim Dhanidina, the first Muslim judge appointed in California.
The climax of the evening took place when three speakers stepped forward to honor the man who played a central with the establishment, growth & success of MPAC. This included poet and hip-hop artist Omar Offendum, who also performed one of Dr. Hathout's poems for the audience; Hoda Elshishtawy, MPAC's National Policy Analyst; and the Rev. Ed Bacon of All Saints Church, Pasadena.
To continue the celebratory tone of the evening, the audience enjoyed the music and dance of AKNU. A trio of Muslim brothers from Los Angeles, AKNU is a high-spirited group that performed in the 2013 season of "The X Factor."