|Iftar Dinner with Austin Police Department|
It has been a tradition in recent years that Raindrop Turkish House hosts Austin Police Department executive staff for an iftar dinner during the month of Ramadan. Assistant Chief Jessica Robledo , Assistant Chief Todd Smith and 11 other executive officers have attended to the evening this year.
Filiz Camuz, Raindrop Women's Association Executive Director, welcomed the guests and gave them brief introduction about Raindrop Turkish House and some information about fasting. She also presented a coffee set to Jessica Robledo as a tooth rent which is another tradition in Turkish culture. The fallen Sgt. Christopher Kelly who was killed in the previous week while he is on duty, was remembered during the program. The roomful guests had a moment of silence for him.
Chief Robledo expressed her feeling about the condolences email that she received from Turkish community. She said that it warmed her heart when she saw the email and she mention how meaningful to hear good things while they are being criticized for most of the time.
By the time of sunset, everyone enjoyed the food prepared by Raindrop Turkish House volunteers. Officers gave chief officer stickers to all children at the dinner. The evening was ended with group pictures and warm wishes.