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2018 50th Anniversary Dinner

Where Hope Finds A Way

WHEN: Friday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton | Washington, DC



The Anera Board of Directors and Honorary Host Committee

Bill Corcoran, Annie Gubser, Secretary Chuck Hagel, Lilibet Hagel, Amb. Dina Kawar, Ann Kerr, Madonna, John Richardson, Betty Sams and Amb. Susan Ziadeh

invite you to a fun, inspiring evening with old and new friends.

Come take a journey through five decades of Anera’s work in Palestine and
Lebanon. Together, we’ll also lay the foundation for delivering future impactful
programs and building better lives so hope finds its way.


Master of Ceremonies

Omar Offendum

Musical Performances

Ramy Adly and ensemble

with a special appearance by Omar Offendum



The Sams Family
for starting and staying committed to Anera for 50 years

John Richardson
for his work as 1st executive director, 2nd president, board member and beyond

Murad Siam
for his steadfast commitment to Anera and giving back to the region

Frances Stickles (in memoriam)
for building Anera’s flagship education programs

The Women’s Program Association
as a crucial local partner in Lebanon’s refugee camps


If you cannot attend this year's dinner, but still want to support Anera's programs helping vulnerable communities in Palestine and Lebanon, you can give here:



The Ritz-Carlton

1150 22nd Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037

The closest Metro stop is Foggy Bottom on the Blue/Orange/Silver lines.

Valet parking will be available.


Online ticket sales have ended.

If you are interested in attending the dinner or being a sponsor, please call 202-266-9700.

Be a Sponsor

Anera will host a series of events across the U.S. in 2018, our 50th anniversary year. We cordially invite you to become a sponsor and join the corporate community that supports Anera’s work across Palestine and Lebanon.

Differentiate your brand. Anera is the oldest American organization delivering humanitarian relief and development projects exclusively in the Middle East. We have grown through 50 years of dedication, innovation and credibility. Supporting Anera’s work enhances your reputation among your staff and clientele as you help vulnerable families build better lives.

Gain exclusive visibility through Anera. Spread the word about your commitment to social responsibility through networking opportunities, marketing materials and social media exposure. Anera has over 150,000 unique followers, and this number is continually climbing.

Make lasting connections outside of your network. Forge relationships with interesting and influential people, from business executives and philanthropists to emerging leaders and ambassadors.

Online ticket sales have ended.

If you are interested in attending the dinner or being a sponsor, please call 202-266-9700.

2018 Dinner Sponsors


Robert & Susan Trice

Lawrence & Teresa Hamdan


Raed & Hiba Elkhatib

Teresa Barger

Pilar & Mike de Graffenried

The Sams Family

Judith Brand

John & Susan Gurley

Kenneth H. Close

Drs. Alfred and Dina Khoury


Les & Michele Janka

Muna & Basem Hishmeh

Charles & Margaret Tarazi

Joseph & Lynne Horning


Leena El-Ali

Kaddoura Foundation

The Olive Oil Ministry

Laurie Black

Jamie & Leslie Gallagher

Khoury Surgical Group

Peter & Ann Tanous

Bill Corcoran

Ambassador & Mrs. Edward Gnehm

Cynthia McGrath

Grace Muller Tompkins

Sara Najjar-Wilson & Robert C. Wilson


Sean C. Carroll & Anna Cabanes Domenech

Norman Howard & Maxine Jaubert

Elena Turner & Abdul Aziz Said

Drs. Nabil & Mouna Khoury