Celebrating 30 years of preserving the historic

Lebanese-American friendship

 

2019 Honorees

The Hon. Alex M. Azar II

Secretary

Department of Health and Human Services

Rep. Darin LaHood

 Illinois 

Peter Rahal 

CEO and Co-Founder of RXBAR

David Yazbek

Award winning writer, composer, producer, and lyricist

Read more about each honoree and award below.

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The Philip C. Habib Award for Distinguished Public Service

The Honorable Alex M. Azar II

Secretary

Department of Health and Human Services

Alex M. Azar II was sworn in as the Secretary of Health and Human Services on Jan. 29, 2018. Azar has spent his career working in both the public and private sectors, as an attorney and in senior leadership roles focused on advancing healthcare reform, research and innovation. From 2001 to 2007, Azar served at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – first as its General Counsel (2001–2005) and then as Deputy Secretary. During his time as Deputy Secretary, Azar was involved in improving the department’s operations; advancing its emergency preparedness and response capabilities as well as its global health affairs activities; and helping oversee the rollout of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. In 2007, Azar rejoined the private sector as senior vice president for corporate affairs and communications at Eli Lilly and Co. From 2012 to 2017, he served as president of Lilly USA LLC, the company’s largest affiliate.

Azar clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia prior to practicing law for several years.

Azar graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics and government from Dartmouth College and earned his law degree from Yale University.

The Philip C. Habib Award for Distinguished Public Service recognizes exceptional achievement in public service. It is named for The Honorable Philip C. Habib, who was described by The New York Times as the “outstanding professional diplomat of his generation in the United States” upon his death in 1992. In 2006, Ambassador Habib was one of six historic diplomats honored with his own postage stamp.

The Philip C. Habib Award for Distinguished Public Service

Representative Darin LaHood, born and raised in Peoria, serves his constituents in Illinois. Sworn in  on September 17, 2015, LaHood quickly transitioned into office after winning a special-election on September 10.

His district spans 19 counties across central and west-central Illinois, including the cities of Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, Springfield, Jacksonville, Quincy, and Macomb. LaHood serves close to 710,000 constituents.

LaHood currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee after being selected by his colleagues in January 2018. The Ways and Means Committee is the House’s oldest committee and has jurisdiction over all taxation, trade and tariffs, and other revenue-raising measures. LaHood also serves on the U.S. Joint Economic Committee, a member of the US-Cuba working group and is co-chair of the US-China working group. Representative LaHood is the co-chair for the  U.S.-Lebanon Friendship Caucus in the 116th  Congress. 

The Philip C. Habib Award for Distinguished Public Service recognizes exceptional achievement in public service. It is named for The Honorable Philip C. Habib, who was described by The New York Times as the “outstanding professional diplomat of his generation in the United States” upon his death in 1992. In 2006, Ambassador Habib was one of six historic diplomats honored with his own postage stamp.

Rep. LaHood, Speaker Berri, and Ms. Touma

Rep. LaHood,  President Aoun,

Ambassador Richard and Ms. Touma

Rep. LaHood,  Prime Minister Hariri

and Ms. Touma

In June of 2017, Representative LaHood was accompanied by  ATFL Executive Director Leslie A. Touma on a trip to Lebanon, where he had the opportunity to meet with leaders and have a first hand look at the issues facing the country.

The Joseph J. Jacobs Distinguished Achievement Award

Peter Rahal

CEO & Co-Founder of RXBAR

As CEO and co-founder of RXBAR, Peter Rahal is responsible for aligning the company’s progressive vision, culture and strategy to build the fastest growing nutrition bar brand in the U.S. Peter has a keen sense of consumer needs and trends in the marketplace that stems from his background in food and his innate curiosity around culture.

 

In 2013, Peter and his co-founder Jared Smith, saw an opportunity to bring a clean protein bar to CrossFit athletes. From humble beginnings in their parent’s kitchen, a 5-quart mixer and $10K, they launched RXBAR. Peter and Jared went door-to-door building the business that today is a thriving company.

 

Peter sets the tone for the 200+ employees at RXBAR by bringing to life the principles on which he founded the company. He never takes his mind off what is best for the customer and lives by the mantra, “We don’t cut corners, we add corners.”

 

With national distribution and partners such as Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Target and Amazon, Peter and Jared have serve millions of customers who are looking for clean labels.


The Joseph J. Jacobs Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes exceptional achievement in business. It is named for the late Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs, a founder of the American Task Force for Lebanon. Dr. Jacobs started Jacobs Engineering in 1947 as a one-man consultancy and built it into a firm that today employs 70,000 people worldwide.

The Ray R. Irani Lifetime Achievement Award

David Yazbek

Award winning writer, composer, producer, and lyricist

A varied career as a recording artist, Emmy-winning TV and film writer, music producer, and pianist has somehow led DAVID YAZBEK to become one of Broadway’s preeminent composer/lyricists. His most recent Broadway musical, The Band’s Visit, opened on Broadway to rave reviews, won ten Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Musical, and has been named to every Best of the Year list for 2017. The show also received the Lucille Lortel Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical.  Yazbek’s next musical, Tootsie, begins performances March 29, 2019 on Broadway. His previous three Broadway shows, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, were all nominated for Best Score Tony Awards. He’s also received three Grammy nominations and a Drama Desk Award. Yazbek won an Outstanding Writing Emmy Award for his stint on Late Night with David Letterman. 

 

He scored the last season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, wrote the theme song to Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, and has written hundreds of songs, scripts, scores and jingles for adult and children’s TV.  As a recording artist, Yazbek is responsible for five albums—The Laughing Man, Tock, Damascus, Tape Recorder, and Evil Monkey Man.  He has written and/or produced for such acts as XTC, Ruben Blades, The Persuasions, Joe Jackson, Tito Puente and many others.  As a performer, he and his band are engaged in an ongoing series of monthly shows at NYC’s 54 Below club. 

The Ray R. Irani Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes exceptional professional and personal achievement. It is named after Dr. Ray R. Irani, a founder of the American Task Force for Lebanon. During his remarkable 30-year career with Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Irani attained the positions of chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president. 

The Band's Visit won 10 of the 11 Tony Awards it was nominated for at the 2018 Annual Tony Awards, including Best Play.

Former ATFL Honoree, Tony Shalhoub, won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical  for his role of Tewfiq Zakaria in The Band's Visit.

 
 
 
 
 

Tickets

Underwriter

$50,000 and above

Please contact Ms. Leslie Touma

leslie.touma@atfl.org

202-223-9333

Benefactor

$25,000

  • 2 Platinum Tables for 10

  • Onscreen Listing at Gala

  • A Prime, Full-page ad/message in the Program Book

Sponsor

$10,000

  • 1 Platinum Table for 10

  • Onscreen Listing at Gala

  • A Full-page ad/message in the Program Book

Patron

$5,000

  • A Golden Table for 10

  • Onscreen Listing at Gala

  • A Half-page ad/message in the Program Book

Individual

$350

  • One ticket for one seat

 
 

The Fairmont Hotel

Fairmont Hotel 
2401 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
 (202) 429-2400

Musical Guests

Fuad Foty

Fuad Foty is an oud instrumentalist and a vibrant vocalist with over thirty years of performance and musical instruction experience.  Born in Ramallah, Palestine, an integral part of Fuad’s childhood involved learning the classical Arabic songs of the musicians and composers of the time.  But it wasn’t until Fuad left Ramallah in 1974 and arrived in Houston, Texas that he reconnected with his memories of his homeland by teaching himself how to play the oud at age fifteen.  His passion for the oud quickly evolved and he joined various Arab bands, and started playing music to inform the American public about Palestine and the Palestinian cause.  Despite engaging in formal studies, obtaining his Masters of Science in Computational Mathematics and later practicing for over thirty years as a mathematical statistician, Fuad has continued to embrace his true passion, performing around the country and teaching Arabic music to Arabs and non-Arabs alike.  He has also frequently lectured on topics involving Arabic music, the most recent of which chronicled the resistance songs of the Palestinian struggle in honor of the annual Nakba Commemoration.

Read more about him here.

Amine J.Hachem

Dubbed as “a soulful and handsome young man who delivers an electrifying and thrilling performance, bringing the crowd to their feet” (An-Nahar), Amine J. Hachem is a Lebanese-American operatic and crossover tenor who has captivated audiences across the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He has been a leading tenor in several operas and musicals, including La Traviata, Tosca, La Bohème, Carmen, I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata, Madama Butterfly, Phantom of the Opera, Evita, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. 

Amine has also shared his talent supporting various charitable causes and service organizations worldwide, including SOS Children’s Villages, Caritas Internationalis, Red Cross, Rotary International, Lion’s Club, and St. George’s Hospital.Honors were bestowed upon him the summer of 2011 with a trophy of recognition from the Lebanese Navy in gratitude for his musical performances and love of cultural heritage. 

Read more about him here.