UCI's Olive Tree Initiative (OTI) is hosting its annual Bon Voyage Celebration on Sunday, August 26 to raise money for, and bid farewell to, its fifth group of student ambassadors who will be leaving for the Middle East in September. The evening celebration will be held at The Center Club in Costa Mesa and will feature one of Hollywood's most talented magicians and magic consultants, David Kwong. Ticket prices for the event are $150 per person or $1,500 per table and may be purchased by contacting Rosemarie Swatez, 949-824-2511 or rswatez@uci.edu.

The Olive Tree Initiative is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental student, faculty, and community initiative that promotes dialogue and understanding about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through experiential education. Since its founding in 2007, OTI has sponsored annual trips to the Middle East to provide students an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the conflict through discussions with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian academics, politicians, religious authorities, community leaders and activists. Upon their return, students share their knowledge and experiences with the community through campus dialogue sessions, community forums and an annual education week and UC-wide student leadership summit. To learn more, visit http://www.olivetreeinitiative.org/.

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