by Arab American Institute
on March 02, 2016
Special Recognition Award
From his days on-screen to his exemplary philanthropic work in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, Jamie Farr has touched the hearts of people across the country. Mr. Farr is a distinguished Arab American actor and humanitarian best remembered for his endearing portrayal of Corporal Maxwell Klinger in the hit series M*A*S*H. Over the course of M*A*S*H’s critically-acclaimed 11-year run, Mr. Farr brought to life the humorous, deeply compelling story of a lovable Lebanese serviceman from Toledo. His portrayal of Klinger was one of the earliest positive, three-dimensional depictions of an Arab American in the media, which made many in our community proud.
In addition to his on-screen accomplishments, Mr. Farr has a distinguished history of giving back to the Toledo community where he was born and raised by Lebanese parents. Mr. Farr continues to run a scholarship fund to support Toledo’s youth, and has organized the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic golf tournament to benefit dozens of children’s charities across Ohio and Michigan for 28 years. Advancing Kahlil Gibran’s ideals of diversity, acceptance, and unity, Mr. Farr’s sense of humor and dedication to public service has brought laughter and warmth into the households of millions of Americans. Jamie Farr’s pride in his ethnic identity and dedication to elevating the Arab American community is why we are honored to celebrate him with the Special Recognition Award at the 2016 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala.
Jamie Farr will be honored along with fellow Gibran awardees the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Unite Lebanon Youth Project, and The Honorable Suzanne Sareini at AAIF’s 18th annual Gibran Gala. We hope you will join us too. Please purchase your ticket today.
Launched in 1999 by theArab American Institute Foundation, the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards is AAIF’s only annual fundraiser. Proceeds support the many projects—including scholarships, leadership training, and educational programs—of the foundation.