Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Blog


The Gibran Gala is just weeks away and the deadline to reserve your tickets is fast approaching. This year's awardees are Indiana Governor and potential presidential candidate Mitch Daniels, who will be receiving the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service, an award that has been given to Secretaries Ray LaHood and Spencer Abraham, and Judge Rosemary Barkett, among others. Vital Voices, an organization that identifies, trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, including the Middle East, will receive the 2011 Award for Institutional Excellence. Additionally, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants will be given a special recognition award to celebrate its 100 years of commitment to advancing fair and humane policy and providing direct professional services for immigrants worldwide.

These awardees exemplify the values that our community holds dear -- respect, responsibility, public service and empowerment -- values that are important to us as Arab Americans but are also values that our friends and relatives throughout the Arab world are currently fighting for. Please join us to celebrate those individuals and organizations that honor the life and work of Kahlil Gibran at this year's gala. For information about purchasing tickets, please visit our 13th Annual Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Gala web page.  

This year the Kahlil Gibran Memorial Garden here in DC will also be re-dedicated in a formal ceremony the day after the Gibran Awards Gala, on May 5th at 3 p.m. If you've never had a chance to visit the garden, the May 5th event would be a perfect opportunity to see it and hear from the people who were integral to its creation and restoration, including community members and government officials. For more information about the re-dedication ceremony, please contact Samer Araabi at (202) 652-4984.