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Imam Jafar Ahmad Hawa leads a group Thursday, Feb. 6, through the Orland Park Prayer Center, where an estimated 5,000 people gather each Friday. Photos by Derek Swanson/22nd Century Media
Youth volunteer Luai Musieh serves a hot plate of beef, chicken, rice and veggies to guests on Thursday, Feb. 6, during the annual community dinner at the Orland Park Prayer Center.
Teacher Tara Kotheimer stands with her former student Ahmad Salah after receiving her Teacher of the Year Award.
Derek Swanson, Freelance Reporter
2:51 pm CST February 7, 2020
Breaking bread has long been a means of bringing people together. And teachers, local business owners and public figures gathered Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Orland Park Prayer Center for a night of food and open dialogue, with education as the theme of the fourth annual community dinner.