Bapak Waleed receives Commendation from New Haven Mayor

July 1, 2013 | News

July 1, 2013

After the success of the Indonesian Cultural Festival on June 21, as part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Leonardo J. Stoute, “Bapak Waleed“, has received a Commendation and Proclamation from the Mayor of the City of New Haven, John DeStefano.

Praising Bapak Waleed for his contributions to both the New Haven community and the furthering of cultural ties and outreach to Southeast Asia, Mayor DeStefano writes that “Bapak Waleed¬†brings his spirit of cultural revival and renewal and connection to ancient traditions and cultures wherever he travels; he shares the beauties and wisdom of all he has learned with students, teachers, families, and community leaders alike… [and]… continually encourages youth in this country and region to learn about and connect with their counterparts overseas, not only on personal and cultural levels, but always looking for opportunities for such connections to be mutually beneficial in supporting the needy wherever they are…”

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