American Task Force for Lebanon to Host 17th Awards Gala
Event Will Honor Renowned Lebanese-American Geneticist Dr. Huda Zoghbi and Lebanese-American Pulitzer Prize Winner Sara Ganim
April 13, 2015 (Washington, DC) – On Thursday, April 16, 2015, the American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL) will host its 17thgala awards night at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington. The event will honor two outstanding Lebanese-Americans who have made significant contributions in their fields: renowned geneticist Dr. Huda Zoghbi and Pulitzer Prize-winning CNN correspondent Sara Ganim.
The event is expected to draw nearly 400 guests, including members of Congress and such dignitaries as General George Joulwan, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, and Dr. Charles Elachi, Director of the US Jet Propulsion Laboratory.ATFL Chairman and former Secretary of Energy and United States Senator from Michigan Spencer Abraham, ATFL President and CEO and former US Ambassador to Morocco Edward M. Gabriel, Founding Chairman and former ATFL President Peter Tanous, and current Ambassador of Lebanon to the US Antoine Chedid will offer remarks.
WHAT: American Task Force for Lebanon’s 17th Gala Awards Night
WHO: Members of Congress, members of the Lebanese-American community, current and former public officials, the diplomatic corps (particularly Arab ambassadors), the business community
Honorees: Geneticist Dr. Huda Y. Zoghbi and Pulitzer Prize-winner Sara Ganim
WHEN: Thursday, April 16, 2015; 6 PM Reception; 7 PM Dinner
WHERE: The Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M Street NW, Washington, DC
About the American Task Force for Lebanon:
The ATFL was founded by prominent Lebanese Americans in 1987 and incorporated in 1989, and has since worked to connect Americans of Lebanese heritage, and promote the national unity, security, and prosperity of a free and democratic Lebanon. The group was instrumental in the 1990s in urging the US to lift its 10-year travel ban on Lebanon, and has undertaken a number of humanitarian initiatives, including cluster-bomb clearance and demining efforts and purchasing 13 ambulances for the Lebanese Red Cross. Since violence broke out in Syria in 2011, the ATFL has worked to mitigate the humanitarian crisis caused by an influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon and has worked to raise awareness of the refugee situation. The ATFL has also urged the US to substantially increase military assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF). The ATFL advocates for religious coexistence and the protection of vulnerable religious communities in the Middle East.