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FLORİDA TÜRKEVİ Florida Türk Evi

FLORIDA TURKISH CENTER WAS ESTABLISHED ON 2008, AND OPENED ITS DOORS TO THE TURKISH AMERICAN COMMUNITY ON DECEMBER 19, 2009 UPON COMPLETION OF REMODELING

3020 NE 32nd Ave.Unit 123, Fort Lauderdale FL 33308

HISTORY: The idea of having a center in South Florida was very attractive, and long dreamed but never actualized in the first 40 years of FTAA, (The Florida Turkish American Association), until a handful members came forward and donated some starter amount to rent or buy a space. After several attempts, the committee decided this specific corner of such prestigious building.

Signing the purchase contract (Left to right: Fuat Ornarli, Dr. Celal Çolak, Erkan Nur)
Several meetings were organized to inform the Turkish community / FTAA members about the progress (Left to right: Serap Odabaş-Yiğit, Erkan Nur, Fuat Ornarli, Atilla Orkan)

The members who donated in a gathering are Dr. Ziya Çelik, Dr. Vural Uluer, Dr. Sezai Olgaç (RIP), Atilla Orkan, Dr. Ali Manizade, Dr. Celal Çolak, Mustafa Avci. Upon registering Florida Turkish Center Foundation, LLC as a non-profit foundation, the down-payment was paid to the landlord, and the 3 units were purchased under the name of foundation. Dr. Ümit Yiğit lended to the foundation total of $350,000 so that the purchase was actualized. This was a great achievement, and everybody was motivated to participate into this donation campaign. Fuat Ornarli, a professional engineer suggested to volunteer to do the plans for the remodeling, and start immediately. Atilla as an Architect put his effort on generating the plans. Three months after the design work start, the documents were submitted to the city. Just after a week later, two neighboring units were evacuated and announced for sale. The leaders of this project found it very attractive if those units are also purchased, and joined to the units in hand. Of course, all the drawings became void, and new plans for 3500 sq. ft. are restarted. Fuat Ornarli and Atilla Orkan spent few more months to put a new set of plans, and resubmitted. As a summary, the plans were approved by the city, and permit was pulled after six months, which was a record speed. Fuat Ornarli, Professional Engineer and General Contractor also committed to build the interior as a volunteer. With the help of Atilla Orkan and Mustafa Cankat, the construction was completed within six months.

Turkish Center Table Layout
Isometric of the Turkish Center
Turkish Center isometry
Atatürk Corner and Honor Wall for the donors for not forgotten
Ataturk bust at Honor wall
Kitchen isomerty
Permit pulled 7/16/2009
The space was only a shell
Construction started
Fuat Ornarli explaining the plans
Supporters passed away: Dr. Mustafa Avcı (R.I.P) Second from left, and Dr. Ali Ismaloğlu {R.I.P.)(Right)
Fuat Ornarli
Mustafa Cankat, Haluk Yargici (R.I.P.), Fuat Ornarli, Oğuz Demir, Dr. Fevziye Manizade
Haluk Yargıcı, Mustafa Cankat, Erkan Nur and Fuat Ornarli
Dr. Ali Manizade
Atilla Orkan and Fuat Ornarli
Yurdun Orkan and Gunsel Uluer
Serap Odabaş-Yiğit, Atilla Orkan and Erkan Nur
Meral Ornarli
Meral Ornarli and Alp Orkan
Qualifier George Vasquez and Fuat Ornarli
Atilla Orkan
Dr.Ali and Dr. Fevziye Manizade
Serap Odabaş-Yiğit with Rep. Iliana Ros Lehtinen
Atilla/Yurdun Orkan, Aynur Heller and Ayşegül/Celal Çolak
Fuat Ornarli, Atilla Orkan, Dr. Vural Uluer, Dr. Ziya Çelik and Drç Celal Çolak
Ayşegül Çolak, Meral Ornarlı, Dr. Gülşen Çelik, Yurdun Orkan and Günsel Uluer
Meral Ornarlı and Yurdun Orkan
Fırst Open House Party
Mustafa Cankat and Atılla Orkan

Upon receiving Certificate of Occupancy, three open houses were done. This beautiful space encouraged more people to donate. The following list shows the donors with their handsome givings;

Total Donations: $950,587

Ftaa Activities $ 348,067.00

Dr. Gulsen, Dr. Ziya Celik $ 71,630.00

Gunsel , Dr. Vural Uluer $ 55,000.00

Sezen Demirel $ 45,000.00

Yurdun, Atilla Orkan $ 35,250.00

Meral, Fuat Ornarli $ 25,300.00

Erkan Nur $ 20,135.00

Serap, Dr. Ümit Odabas-Yigit $ 17,250.00

Dr. Yilmaz, Nukhet Durudogan $ 16,250.00

Virginia, Iltekin Korkmaz $ 16,235.00

Dr. Ayten, Dr. Sezai Olgac $ 16,070.00

Aysegul, Dr. Celal Colak $ 15,950.00

Pervin *, Dr. Baki Yigit * $ 15,100.00

Dr. Fevziye, Dr. Ali Manizade $ 14,900.00

Broncia, Mustafa Cankat $ 14,885.00

Dr. Tulin, Dr. Cavit Oz $ 13,100.00

Dr. Nevin, Dr Ihsan Esenler $ 10,500.00

Reyhan, Ibrahim Alper $ 10,000.00

Asuman Gown Polat $ 10,000.00

Gesila, Jorge Vasquez $ 10,000.00

Nevin, Dr. Mustafa Avci * $ 8,100.00

Paulin Germi $ 8,000.00

Necla, Dr. Ali Ismailoglu * $ 5,500.00

The Ozturk & Hosea Family $ 5,000.00

Ayten Omer $ 5,000.00

Gönül Öztürk $ 4,600.00

Mahi Peyker Oktay $ 4,500.00

Dr. Behzat Sarihan $ 4,500.00

Dr. Tamer Toklucu * $ 4,100.00

Dr. Mustafa, Birsen Güvendi $ 4,035.00

Irmak, Dr. Ismail Ucar $ 4,000.00

Hepsen, Ilhan Arsel $ 4,000.00

Prof.Dr. Ilhan, Hepsen Arsel $ 3,500.00

Linda, Tanzer Kalayci $ 2,885.00

Evsen, Hüsamettin Övünç $ 2,550.00

Aktas Law $ 2,500.00

Dr. Melike *, Dr. Vedat Oner $ 2,400.00

Dr. Kemal Tekinay $ 2,300.00

Selcuk Ulku $ 2,300.00

Zühre, Abdullah Canligil $ 2,285.00

Hatice Sezgin $ 2,200.00

Dogan Akad $ 2,100.00

Sue, Dr. Bulent Aktug $ 2,000.00

Pervin Yigit # $ 2,000.00

Merit Travel $ 2,000.00

Dr. Ozer Dolunay $ 2,000.00

Dr. Sahver, Aysegul Özbek $ 2,000.00

Lois, Sumer Bileydi $ 2,000.00

Neriman, Dr. Haluk Bulay $ 1,600.00

Necla, Dr. Ekrem Dimbiloglu * $ 1,550.00

Mahmut Görpe * $ 1,500.00

Feryal Pinar $ 1,500.00

Canan, Dr. Cuneyt Ozaktay $ 1,500.00

Violette, Christopher Miovski $ 1,500.00

Dr. Yucel Sezgin # $ 1,450.00

Haluk Yargici * $ 1,340.00

Ferhat Hasan Koçhan $ 1,300.00

Guner, Dr. Suphi Surmeli $ 1,300.00

Meltem Birkegren $ 1,250.00

Rachael, Cemil Akbas $ 1,100.00

Mayra, Dr.Yilmaz Eryasa $ 1,000.00

Prof. Nejat Veziroglu $ 1,000.00

Vildan Güleryüz $ 1,000.00

GECKO Group, Inc. $ 1,000.00

Zuhtu Senyuva $ 1,000.00

Dr. Evcan Alptekin $ 1,000.00

Dr. Özcan Özdamar $ 1,000.00

Leyla, Ali C. Kurtmer $ 1,000.00

Mrs. Laura Dr. Harun Durudogan $ 1,000.00

Aynur, Ron Heller $ 1,000.00

Gultekin Ercan $ 1,000.00

Ayhan, Nurhan Kinayman $ 1,000.00

Eyyup Ercan $ 1,000.00

Kadriye Tuna Belentepe $ 1,000.00

Zeynep, Haluk Aytekin $ 1,000.00

Mehmet Sagesen $ 1,000.00

Ugur Soylu $ 1,000.00

Dr. Ahmet, deborah Uluer $ 1,000.00

Dr. Rasim Cem Oz $ 1,000.00

Vildan, Aynur Guleryuz $ 1,000.00

Sandy, Ufuk TUKEL $ 1,000.00

Dr. Hakan Durudogan $ 1,000.00

Tulin, Kemal Tosyali $ 1,000.00

Haluk Durudogan $ 1,000.00

Ebubekir Kaynar $ 1,000.00

Güler Galatali * $ 750.00

Nancy, Dr. Suat Akgün $ 700.00

Dr. Fatos Mullen $ 700.00

Günser, Zeki Bozoklar $ 600.00

Zekiye, Ömer Basar $ 600.00

Irfan Atesnak $ 585.00

Evie, Lutikoff Blagoy $ 550.00

Dr. Esat, Meral Toksu $ 550.00

Yildiz, Nami Hazneci $ 540.00

Nerime, Alp Demren $ 525.00

Patricia, Dr. Vedat Erbug $ 500.00

Behire, Ismail Ayduk $ 500.00

Senay, Kemal Koçak $ 500.00

Bette, Dr. Nafi Kiremitçi $ 500.00

Ilkay, Dr. Melih Erogul $ 500.00

Nilgün, Izzet Bici $ 500.00

Dr. Ayse Çelikel $ 500.00

Suna, Dr. Bulent Bayraktar $ 500.00

Deborah, Haluk Köroglu * $ 500.00

Dogan Sencan $ 500.00

Nurten Mutlu * $ 500.00

Adil Sokmensüer $ 500.00

Sharron, Oguz Demir $ 500.00

Neriman, Dr. Mehmet Z. Özpak $ 500.00

Nermin Odabas $ 500.00

Sabina, Vural Cengiz $ 500.00

Dr. Nezihe, Dr. Eray Öge $ 500.00

Aysen Gürel $ 500.00

Gulen De Zapata $ 500.00

Peri, Baki Iz $ 500.00

Aydan, Regi Hay $ 500.00

Hadice Ercanli $ 500.00

Sevil, Seyfullah Kaldirimoglu $ 500.00

Tulin, Ayhan Sekerci $ 500.00

Aylin, Murat Turan $ 500.00

Alp Orkan $ 500.00

Erman Orma $ 500.00

Melike, Osman Tatari & Temel Senyuva $ 500.00

Fulya, Fatih Acikgoz $ 500.00

Aynur, Hilmi Toksu $ 500.00

Ilkay, Ozcan Tuncel $ 500.00

Huriye Oyuncu, Ulku $ 500.00

Gungor, Izzet Sari $ 500.00

Ayfer Apaydin $ 500.00

Ferhan, Dr. Haluk Altop $ 500.00

Kemal Tosyali $ 500.00

Dr. Ali Gorpe $ 450.00

Gul-Rose Lanquist $ 300.00

Taner Çagatay $ 300.00

Handan, Dr. Bulent Ozsezen $ 300.00

Hakan Kinaci $ 300.00

Pervin, Dr.Seref Barut $ 250.00

Ali Tamer & Zeki Bozoklar $ 250.00

Dr. Sumer Aygen $ 250.00

Biray Yersu Altan $ 250.00

Isil, Erdinç Akgündüz $ 200.00

Gurkan Kinaci $ 200.00

Aysel Toklucu $ 200.00

Aynur Guleryuz $ 200.00

Tanju, Nuri Munis $ 200.00

Ali Gorpe $ 200.00

Dr. Mutlu Atagun $ 200.00

Reyhan, Dr. Selehattin Ipeker $ 150.00

De Rovira $ 125.00

Dr. Naim Balta * $ 100.00

Mustafa Berber $ 100.00

Sukran Bumin $ 100.00

Ibrahim Tansel $ 100.00

Muammer Ozer $ 100.00

Selma, Ferdi Baler $ 100.00

Elmira Mergen $ 100.00

Misirli, Okan $ 100.00

Feza, Semih Bellik $ 100.00

Note: * - denotes donor who is deceased. # - denotes donations made in the memory of the deceased person listed.

TOTAL $950,000 Check the latest update by clicking here: http://www.floridaturkishcenter.org/?q=donations

$80,000 of this sum is equivalent dollar amount of donated services and goods: http://www.floridaturkishcenter.org/?q=node/9

Apart from the cash donations, the campaign, named "Take A Seat" was organized by Serap Odabaş*Yiğit, President of FTAA, and $30,000 was raised by 122 donors. (Not listed above): http://www.floridaturkishcenter.org/?q=node/49

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