Posted by on March 27, 2015 in Blog
Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service
Michael Baroody approaches his work with a passion for furthering public policy debates and improving the community through outreach initiatives, reminding us of why we established the Gibran awards in the first place – to celebrate those that dedicate themselves to lifting others up.
Mr. Baroody established himself as a political thought leader when he founded Common Sense: A Journal for Republican Thought and Opinion. "It's 'A Republican Center for the Exchange of Ideas', but it is pointedly not 'A Center for the Exchange of Republican Ideas.'” That is how Mr. Baroody described his journal, as not only a home for Republican perspectives, but a free-flow forum for all political ideologies to debate public policy, often including balanced articles from Democratic authors. He continues a long Baroody family tradition of public service; his father and brothers have all contributed to political life in the United States. We are proud to have Mr. Baroody represent the Arab American community within the highest ranks of the party system.
For the past seventeen years, the Arab American Institute Foundation has celebrated exceptional individuals whose work and service reflect the ideals of the great Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran by promoting inclusion, cooperation, and greater understanding among people with diverse backgrounds. The Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service was created in 2004, in collaboration with Her Majesty Queen Noor, to honor Arab Americans who have excelled in public service and have strong pride in their ethnic heritage. Over his long career Mr. Baroody has demonstrated dedication to both his country and community, ranging from time serving in the administration of President Ronald Reagan and many posts with elected officials at the state and federal level, to spearheading efforts as treasurer of the Kahlil Gibran Memorial Foundation to build and maintain the memorial sculpture dedicated to the Lebanese-American poet in Washington, DC.
Michael Baroody will be with us along with fellow Gibran awardees Salma Hayek Pinault, Lawrence Wright, and John Sexton to celebrate our 17th annual Gibran Gala. I hope you will join us too. Please purchase your ticket today.