Thursday, May 19, 2011

Midroc asked ESFNA to reimburse its sponsorship money for the Atlanta event

According to a credible source within ESFNA (Ethiopian Sport Federation in North America), one of its key sponsors - Midroc-Ethiopia - withdrew its sponsorship contract. Since its foundation in 1984, ESFNA was dedicated “to promote the rich Ethiopian culture and heritage as well as build positive environment within Ethiopian-American communities in North America”. For the accomplishment of this noble mission, individuals & institutions have been supporting this organization by sponsoring its yearly events. Midroc-Ethiopia and its philanthropic Chairman, Dr. Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Alamudi, have been generous for the success of past events since 1991. Year-after-year they have been responding in kindness for the assistance requested from ESFNA Board. This year wasn’t unique & they extended their kind hands by donating $240,000.00.According to our source, the issue at hand is the insulting words put forward by few Board members against the very organization which sponsored the event. As shown in a document attached here (1), these Board members labeled the sponsorship money they received from Midroc-Ethiopia as “blood money”. Thus, Midroc-Ethiopia, deservedly, requested ESFNA to reimburse its sponsorship money they donated for the upcoming Atlanta event. According to our source, ESFNA is now expected to reimburse what they arrogantly labeled “blood money”. Failing to do so will drag the organization to court by lawyers hired by Midroc-Ethiopia and its Chairman. No sane individual expects an organization to sponsor an event where its good name is being tarnished by the event organizers. It is like bashing Addidas brand (by the organizers) at the sport event sponsored by Addidas itself. Source ( Ethiopiafirst)

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