Tuesday, April 24, 2007


I'm posting this on behalf of Sue of the Yahoo Bellydance Video group. She is setting up a memorial fund:

"Reema Samaha was a lovely young Lebanese-American student at Virginia Tech. She was also a middle eastern dancer. The last time her family saw her was the day before her death, dancing with her troupe at multi-cultural event.

After seeing interviews with both her father and brother and hearing them both say how much she loved to dance, I felt that there was something that the middle eastern dance community could do in Reema’s memory. So I contacted the Virginia Tech Foundation to find out how to set up a memorial fund.

THE REEMA JOSEPH SAMAHA MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE MEMORIAL FUND will be used to assist the student-members of the Middle Eastern Dance Association of Virginia Tech. Depending on the amount donated, the fund may be used for a one time gift in Reema’s name or for an annual award, perhaps a small scholarship.

Here is how to make a donation by check:

Make check payable (in any amount) to Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc. Mail to:

University Development
902 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Be sure to either write on the check or in a cover note that the donation is for the REEMA JOSEPH SAMAHA MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE MEMORIAL FUND.

An online donation option for this fund is being set up and I will report on that as soon as I have a URL to go to."

Once Sue sends me the online donation details I will post them.



Joint debke performance by Palestinian Awareness at Virginia Tech [PAVT] & the Cedars of Lebanon at the International Street Fair on April 15, 2007. The lovely girl in green is Reema Samaha. We have lost a sister in dance. Our hearts go out to all those touched by the shootings at Virgina Tech.