2017 Annual Gala

Tapestry of Humanity: The Common Thread that Binds Us All

WHEN: Friday, October 13, 2017 at 6:30PM

WHERE: National Museum of Women in the Arts



The 2017 Annual Gala will raise funds to help Syrian refugees and Palestinian families through projects that support education, economic opportunities and dignity for people across Palestine and Lebanon.

On Friday, October 13, 2017, Anera friends, old and new, are coming together in recognition and support of our shared humanity. This special evening of inspiration will take place at the stunning National Museum of Women in the Arts in downtown Washington, DC and feature special guests...

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin
Ahmed Shihab Eldin

Ahmed is an Emmy-nominated journalist and a Correspondent/Producer for VICE on HBO. In 2015, he was featured on the Arabian Business power list of the planet’s 100 most influential young Arabs. Ahmed often appears as a commentator for CNN, NBC, BBC, MSNBC and Al Jazeera.

Huda Asfour
Huda Asfour

Huda is one of a new generation of young and innovative Arab women singersongwriters. Born to Palestinian parents in Lebanon in 1982, she studied at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music under Khaled Jubran. Huda has collaborated with artists in Tunisia, Gaza, Ramallah, Egypt, Lebanon and the U.S.

Omar Offendum

Omar is a Syrian-American spoken word artist, raised in Washington DC and living in Los Angeles. He has been featured on several major news outlets (Al Jazeera /PBS/LA Times/Rolling Stone/VICE/NY Times/The European) and toured the world to promote his ground-breaking music.


National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005


Please join us for a very special evening as we celebrate our common humanity, look back on some of the progress we've made together, and support opportunity and dignity for refugees and the most vulnerable families in the Middle East.

Be a Sponsor

As an Annual Gala sponsor, you'll join the community of proud and caring donors that supports Anera's development and humanitarian work with refugees and other families in Palestine and Lebanon.

Forge relationships with more than 300 business executives, former and current ambassadors, philanthropists and leaders from the Arab-American community.

2017 Gala Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor

Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia

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Ruby Sponsors

Robert and Susan Trice

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Platinum Sponsors

Judith Brand

Raed and Hiba Elkhatib

Lawrence and Teresa Hamdan

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates


Gold Sponsors

Teresa Barger

Kenneth H. Close

Mr. and Mrs. Mike de Graffenried

Drs. Alfred and Dina Khoury

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Silver Sponsors

Hani Farsi

Charles R. Smith

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Friend Sponsors

Sean C. Carroll and Dr. Anna Cabanes-Domenech

William Corcoran

Embassy of Turkey

The General Delegation of the PLO to the U.S.

Ambassador and Mrs. Edward Gnehm

Muna and Basem L. Hishmeh

Stephen and Dina Karam

Rajai Khoury

Bob and Shari Norberg

John L. Roglieri, M.D​.

Betty H. Sams

Peter and Ann Tanous and Lynx Investment Advisory

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