ANERA’s Annual Dinner:

a Wonderful Success

This year’s Annual Dinner on October 7 brought together 400 ANERA supporters at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. It was a special evening full of surprises.

The theme this year was “tending roots, bearing fruit.” The audience was asked: What roots you to ANERA? Guests texted their responses and saw them populated on a live word wall. At a photo booth, guests wrote on marker boards what they are rooted in and shared images with their social networks. Live music, Middle Eastern food, and an exhibit full of cultural artifacts from Lebanon and Palestine made the event a full sensory experience.

ANERA honored Nabila Ali, Karmel Sabri and Islamic Relief USA for their generous support. Nabila Ali started a Facebook campaign to raise funds for ANERA’s work in Gaza in the wake of the 2014 war devastation. She created a huge network of philanthropists in her Chicago community and beyond. Another grassroots fundraiser, Karmel Sabri, is a young Palestinian-American who started an annual “Dear Gaza” block party fundraiser in Minneapolis. For two years Karmel’s events have raised enough money to help ANERA ship over $3 million of donated medicines to Gaza. The event also spotlighted Islamic Relief USA for being a devoted and generous partner to ANERA in early childhood development, water and sanitation projects throughout Gaza.

During the dinner, guests heard speeches from President Bill Corcoran, honoree Karmel Sabri, and board members Teresa Barger and Murad Siam.

ANERA would also like to give special recognition to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia for its Diamond sponsorship, as well as the Ruby sponsorships of Robert and Susan Trice and the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

Enjoy some photos…

ANERA Annual Dinner 2016

2016 Annual Dinner Sponsors


Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia


Foundation for Middle East Peace
Robert and Susan Trice


Ajram Family Foundation
Curtis and Judith Brand
Hamad-Daoud-Siam Families
Larry and Teresa Hamdan
The Olayan Group


Jesse and Maria Aweida
Teresa Barger

Raed and Hiba Elkhatib
Embassy of the State of Qatar
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Alfred and Dina Khoury

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center


John L. Roglieri, M.D.
Sanofi Genzyme
Charles R. Smith


Laurie Black
C & O Resources, Inc.
Bill Corcoran
Ambassador and Mrs. Edward Gnehm

Doumar Martin PLLC
Bob and Shari Norberg
Olive Oil Ministry
The Honorable Molly M. Raiser
Betty H. Sams
Peter and Ann Tanous



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