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Dinner to raise money for Japan, domestic flood relief

"You have to keep your eyes on the prize so we have a common goal in all religions and cultures to do good for the less fortunate people," said Khan. "We try to look beyond our differences and keep our eyes on the goal."

The three groups have joined forces before to hold various other events, so Khan said this fundraising dinner is just an extension of that relationship.

"We've been working together. It's a friendship and we're trying to build on that friendship," said Khan. "More and more people are jumping on board and want to be involved and this was the intention."

The idea to hold a dinner grew out of their different lives yet similar values.

"We came up with a bunch of ideas but the church had a commercial kitchen and we can provide the Indian/Pakistani food because we do cooking classes of our own at shelters in the area the Jewish temple bakes a lot so it was something we all could provide and work together," said Khan. "When we're cooking and serving we're working together. All our communities could work together and get to know each other and this was a very good way to do it."

Tickets to the dinner are $10 for adults, $7 for children and $30 for a family of two adults and up to four children. Take out is also available. Tickets can be purchased by calling Linda LeTendre at 584-0902 or Khan at 542-5801.

For more information about ShelterBox USA, visit shelterboxusa.org.

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