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Thursday, July 27, 2017 - Sunday, July 30, 2017
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel (Downtown)
24 Public Square, Cleveland, OH, US

What do Ian Hunter, The Presidents of the United States of America, and Drew Carey have in common? They all said: "Cleveland ROCKS!" and we agree! Like the triumphant homecoming of LeBron James, this July marks the highly-anticipated return of the Midwest Federation of American Syrian Lebanese Clubs, Inc. (MFASLC) Annual Convention to Cleveland!

We'll be Rockin' Our Roots in the city that is home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the world champion Cleveland Cavaliers, and the World Series-contending Cleveland Indians. You can pleasure your palate at dozens of restaurants, including several run by James Beard award-winning chefs, like Iron Chef Michael Symon, all within walking distance of the beautiful Renaissance Cleveland Hotel (downtown). And you can bet big at the all new JACK Cleveland Casino conveniently attached to the hotel!

You can also listen to the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, take in the beautiful exhibits at the Cleveland Museum of Art, see a Broadway musical at The Palace Theatre in the historic - and newly rennovated - Playhouse Square theatre district (a short walk from the hotel), listen to original jazz music at Take 5, The Velvet Tango Room, or Society, and enjoy the downtown nightlife from the many bars, clubs, and lounges on the East Bank of the Flats, or right on Lake Erie itself! There is so much to do in Cleveland, so come rock your heritage with us in this destination city!

Don't forget that just west of Cleveland by one hour is one of the greatest rollercoaster parks on the planet, Cedar Point! Consider making a trip there as part of your vacation, as there are plenty of hotels nearby that are very affordable! 

Grab your family, invite your friends, and plan your summer vacation or big, fat family reunion around this exciting and culture-packed event!

**Please note: Those looking to attend the Friday or Saturday night dinners MUST purchase a full ticket book or the a la carte "Banquet and Hafli" tickets in advance. They will NOT be available for sale at the door.**



Hotel: Renaissance Cleveland Hotel (Downtown)
Telephone: 216-696-5600
Online reservation page: http://bit.ly/2ttQBb1

**Please note: There is no hotel shuttle from the airport to the hotel; available options include taxi (~$35), Rapid Transit train from airport into the lower level of the hotel (~$2.50/person), or Uber (~$15)**



It's our 10th year supporting St. Jude's, and this year there will be a special t-shirt design for those wishing to contribute and/or participate in the 5K! Shirts will be $25 each, and all proceeds will go directly to St. Jude's.
Follow the link to do your part and help continue the amazing work of St. Jude's. All donations of support are greatly appreciated! 
MFASLC page: http://fundraising.stjude.org/MFASLC5K17





*Times and locations subject to change.

Thursday, July 27

3:00pm - 8:00pm:       Registration and Check-in (2nd Floor by Coat Check)

6:00pm - 9:00pm:       Optional: Nautica Queen Dinner Cruise on Lake Erie (Nautica Entertainment Complex, 1153 Main Ave).  Advanced ticket purchase required via Eventbrite.

7:00pm - 10:00pm:     Hospitality Reception (4th Floor)

Friday, July 28

9:00am - 5:00pm:       Registration and Check-in (2nd Floor by Coat Check)

10:00am - 2:00pm:     Midwest Federation General Assembly with Lunch (Gold Room, 3rd Floor)

11:00am - 3:00pm:     Optional: Tour of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center (1100 E 9th St.).  This is a combined discounted ticket not sold at the door.
Advanced ticket purchase required here: Adult: $32.25, Senior: $30.25, Child: $23

12:30pm - 3:30pm:     YAN/Young Professionals Event (The Corner Alley; Meet in Hotel Lobby at 12:15pm)

6:00pm - 7:00pm:       Cocktail Hour (Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor)

7:00pm - 9:15pm:       Scholarship Awards Banquet (Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor)

9:30pm - 1:30am:       Hafli, featuring the Chris Aceto Arabic Band (Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor)

Saturday, July 29

9:00am - 11:00am:     10th Annual 5K for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Huntington Convention Center, Mall B); Meet in Hotel Lobby at 9:00am; see link in FAQs below to participate!)

11:00am - 2:00pm:     Picnic Lunch and Activities (Huntington Convention Center, Mall B)

4:30pm - 5:30pm:       Melkite Catholic Liturgy (Exhibit Hall, 3rd Floor behind Grand Ballroom)

6:00pm - 7:00pm:       Cocktail Hour (Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor)

7:00pm - 9:15pm:       Grand Banquet (Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor)

9:30pm - 1:30am:       Hafli, featuring the Chris Aceto Arabic Band (Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor)

Sunday, July 30

9:30am - 11:00am:     Farewell Breakfast (Ambassador Room, 2nd Floor)



100% if requested by June 30th
50% if requested by July 14th
No refunds after July 14th
No refunds for no-shows; no refunds for Thursday Dinner Cruise tickets



Where do I find the complete 81st Annual Convention Schedule of Events?

See above for the agenda.

How do I register for the 10th Annual 5K for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to end childhood cancer?

Registration for the St. Jude's 5K Run/Walk is done separately, via this link: http://fundraising.stjude.org/MFASLC5K17. If you have any questions, please contact Yasmine Al Abdul Raheem at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How do I order a 10th Annual 5K for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital t-shirt?

After you select your tickets for this event, it will ask you to fill in your information. It will also ask you if you'd like to purchase a t-shirt. Once you select yes, you can then select your t-shirt size. T-shirt sizes are: YL, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL. Payment must be made to Yasmine Al Abdul Raheem on site at the convention in Cleveland. Shirts will be $25 each, and all proceeds will go directly to St. Jude's.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, you can update by signing in under your Eventbrite account.

Do I have to bring my registration confirmation to the event?

Yes!  You will need to either print your registration confirmation or present the electronic registration confirmation on your mobile device (EventBrite app download required).

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No. The name must match. Registration and tickets are non-transferrable.

Who can I contact with additional questions?

Please email Camille Anter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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