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Turkish cultural center celebrates opening in Mount Prospect

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Derya Bora, 5, of Buffalo Grove gets ready to preform in the Turkish Kafkas Folk Dance as part of the grand opening event held Saturday at the Turkish American Society of Chicago Cultural Center.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Hakan Berberoglu, vice president of the Niagara Foundation, right, listens to Fahrettin Poyraz, chairperson of the Turkish Parliament, at the grand opening event held Saturday at the Turkish American Society of Chicago Cultural Center.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Turkish girls dole out scissors just before the ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday at the Turkish American Society of Chicago Cultural Center.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Fahrettin Poyraz, chairperson of the Turkish Parliament, center, takes part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday to celebrate the Turkish American Society of Chicago Cultural Center's grand opening.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

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An untimely power outage couldn't dim the mood of hundreds who gathered Saturday to celebrate the new Turkish American Society of Chicago Cultural Center in Mount Prospect. "There's some irony here because of out today's darkness, this center will be a real beacon, a light on the greatness of your community," U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley said.
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    • Derya Bora, 5, of Buffalo Grove gets ready to preform in the Turkish Kafkas Folk Dance as part of the grand opening event held Saturday at the Turkish American Society of Chicago Cultural Center.
    • Hakan Berberoglu, vice president of the Niagara Foundation, right, listens to Fahrettin Poyraz, chairperson of the Turkish Parliament, at the grand opening event held Saturday at the Turkish American Society of Chicago Cultural Center.
    • Turkish girls dole out scissors just before the ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday at the Turkish American Society of Chicago Cultural Center.
    • Fahrettin Poyraz, chairperson of the Turkish Parliament, center, takes part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday to celebrate the Turkish American Society of Chicago Cultural Centerís grand opening.
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