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Turkish American Cultural Alliance (TACA) – Funding for New TACA Building

Dear Friends, TACA Members, Board and Trustees,

It has been 16  months since I have accepted your nomination and became the TACA’s president.  As I declared on my first day at this prestigious post, our challenge is to give TACA a new home in the greater Chicago area.  The current TACA building is far from meeting the needs our community, including class rooms for our children’s education, an auditorium for special events and receptions, multi-purpose rooms and facilities to support diverse functions of our growing community.

Within the past five months, I presented several new building proposals to the TACA Board and Trustees.  All locations are easily accessible by major highways and all buildings have ample parking space.  One building is a former training facility and has an ideal layout and a current tenant (bank) at the first level.  The timing is excellent with very reasonable real estate prices and financing options, and this is a great opportunity for TACA and all of us to help a great cause.

Before TACA can make an offer for purchase, we must have the funds available. It is now time for all of us to come forward and make our important donations.  TACA and I personally appreciate that many of you have already committed to donate at least $5,000 per family.  Each $5,000 or more tax-deductible donations will give you and your family life-time TACA membership privileges and benefits.  Furthermore, each donor will be honored with their name (and donation amount upon request) imprinted on bricks or marble panel to be located at the entrance of the new building.

Personally, I cannot think of any better reason to provide and leave behind this new building for our children and future generations of Turkish-Americans here in the United States.  We need a place that we and more importantly our children can proudly showcase our heritage.  I am sure all of you are just as grateful as I am to those who gave us the current building every time we come together at various TACA functions and gatherings.

Lastly, if we are not successful to bring together the necessary funds within the next 8 months, I and TACA Board will refund your donations in full.  I thank you for those who have committed to make your valuable donation and look forward to hearing your opinions and suggestions.  Please spread the word and let’s make this TACA Dream A Reality.

Wishing you and your families the best of  New Years.


Hayati Turan
TACA President

(see attached document page for TACA New Building Fund Donation Information).

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