Posted on March 28, 2013 in Press Releases

Contact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988


Arab American Institute Foundation Gala Honors Christiane Amanpour,
Children's Defense Fund & Marian Wright Edelman, Casey Kasem and Ralph Nader

Amanpour to Receive Inaugural Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism   

Washington, DC – March 28 – The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) will hold its fifteenth annual Kahlil Gibran “Sprit of Humanity” Awards Gala on Tuesday, April 16th in Washington, DC. For fourteen years, the Gibran awards have recognized individuals, organizations, and corporations whose work reflects the ideals of the great Lebanese-American poet by promoting inclusion, cooperation and greater understanding among people of diverse backgrounds, both in the United States and throughout the world.

What: 15th Annual Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Gala: 

Where: JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

When: Tuesday, April 16 2013, Gala at 6:30 p.m. | Exclusive interviews can be arranged

Contact: Omar Tewfik, (o) 202-652-4988 (c) 347-248-2830

This year, AAIF will present acclaimed Journalist Christiane Amanpour with the first-ever Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism, named for the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Shadid who tragically passed away last year.

The Children's Defense Fund & Marian Wright Edelman will receive the Award for Institutional Excellence for tireless work to improve policies and programs for children, bringing about better access to health care, education, and proper nutrition. 

Broadcast and entertainment legend Casey Kasem will receive the Individual Achievement Award. Casey has played a key role in founding national organizations dedicated to outreach and activism on behalf of the Arab American community and many others.

Ralph Nader, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate, will receive the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service for his decades of advocacy and leadership to promote the public interest.

This year’s recipients join a long list of distinguished awardees including: Her Majesty Queen Noor al-Hussein, President of Poland Lech Walesa, Senator George Mitchell, Secretary Spencer Abraham, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Sting, and boxer and activist Muhammad Ali.

Launched in 1999 by the Arab American Institute (AAI) and the AAI Foundation, the only national, pan-ethnic, secular organizations dedicated to promoting the civic integration and leadership of Arab Americans, the Gibran Awards attracts roughly 600 participants each year. Members of Congress and the Administration, diplomats from across the Arab world, business leaders, philanthropists, media luminaries, academics, and community activists from around the nation gather to celebrate those whose work and vision reflect the values of the renowned Arab American poet and author of The Prophet.

For more information on AAI, please visit or call 202-429-9210.