Gala to Benefit Youth in Lebanon

AMIDEAST/Lebanon and its Advisory Board will hold the first AMIDEAST Education Hero Award Gala this fall to raise funds to expand educational and training programs that benefit youth in Lebanon. The gala will honor the late Lebanese philanthropist and entrepreneur Maroun Semaan [link to article “Honoring an Education Hero”] for his significant contributions to the advancement of education in Lebanon.

The star-studded event will be held on October 14, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California, and feature Lebanese celebrities in media and music who share AMIDEAST’s education mission. Iconic multi-platinum singer and songwriter Najwa Karam and award-winning pianist and composer Guy Manoukian will showcase their extraordinary musical talents, while Ricardo Karam, the well-known and highly respected multimedia journalist, will host the event.

By selecting Beverly Hills as the location of its first major fundraising event in the United States in decades, AMIDEAST hopes to gain greater support from the sizeable Lebanese, Arab, and Armenian diaspora population of Southern California for support of its youth-focused programs, as well as raise awareness of AMIDEAST and the positive work it is doing in Lebanon and region-wide.

"This gala epitomizes AMIDEAST's longstanding commitment to expand opportunities for young people across North Africa and the Middle East through education, training, and academic and professional exchanges," said Ambassador Theodore Kattouf, president and CEO of AMIDEAST. “We also hope to reconnect with many in the large diaspora community of southern California who were touched by AMIDEAST, whether through scholarship support or by taking a test that opened the door to study opportunities in the United States.”