AMIDEAST Fundraising Gala Dinner: “Supporting Lebanon’s Top Students and Talents”
Ambassador Theodore Kattouf, president and CEO of AMIDEAST, addressed the gathering, saying, "I am so honored to head AMIDEAST, an organization that is doing so much to assist young people in this region to expand their opportunities."

Beirut, Lebanon, April 8, 2016—The AMIDEAST/LEBANON Advisory Board hosted its first fundraising gala dinner on April 8, 2016, at the Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut. The event, which was attended by 500 prominent political and social figures, was held to spread awareness of AMIDEAST’s wide range of educational and training services and their impact in Lebanon, as well as to raise funds that will strengthen the organization’s already robust efforts to empower students in their lives and careers through scholarships for study in the United States.

The AMIDEAST/Lebanon Advisory Board

AMIDEAST is a leading American nonprofit organization that has been engaged in education and training activities in the Middle East and North Africa since 1951. Its office in Lebanon is one of 12 country offices across the region through which AMIDEAST delivers programs and services that touch the lives of half a million individuals a year.  “I am so honored to head AMIDEAST, an organization that is doing so much to assist young people in this region to expand their opportunities,” noted Ambassador Theodore Kattouf, president and CEO of AMIDEAST.

The AMIDEAST/Lebanon Advisory Board is currently comprised of 28 business and civic leaders in Lebanon, the USA and the Gulf. Its chairman, Mr. Anis Nassar, said in his remarks to the gathering: “Our commitment to you is that we shall not leave any student behind.”

The advisory board has played a vital role since its creation in 2010. Notably it has provided funding to support the launch of the AMIDEAST Entrepreneur Institute (300 entrepreneurs trained to date), introduce a U.S.-accredited Professional Certificate in English Language Teaching program in Lebanon, and expand AMIDEAST’s ability to help deserving young Lebanese and Palestinian students win scholarships for study in the USA (78 students have won scholarship awards totaling over $13 million to date).

A highlight of the evening’s activities was a video featuring testimonials of students whose lives have changed thanks to AMIDEAST scholarship programs. AMIDEAST hopes to support people in all regions of Lebanon regardless of their age, financial status, gender, or background, and will commit all proceeds raised by the gala dinner to helping even more students win life-transforming scholarship opportunities.