Press Release

More than 500 Supporters Expected at Anera Annual Dinner

Madonna, Sec. Chuck Hagel, Amb. Kawar, Amb. Ziadeh, Ann Kerr among Honorary Hosts

September 10, 2018 | Washington, DC Later this month, as funding cuts affecting Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria begin to be felt acutely, more than 500 supporters will attend the Anera (American Near East Refugee Aid) Annual Dinner in a show of solidarity and support for continued humanitarian assistance and development in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the surrounding region. For 50 years, Anera has helped refugees and others affected by conflict in the Middle East live with dignity, purpose and economic opportunity, ensuring that hope finds a way.

“At this moment in Anera’s 50-year history, as Palestinians are facing funding cuts of more than $500 million this year, we are gratified to know that more than 500 of Anera’s most steadfast supporters, new and old, will be with us. As we mark this anniversary, and thank long-time contributors for their dedication, we also look to redouble our efforts for the near future, so that we are no longer needed 50 years from now,” says Sean Carroll, Anera CEO and President.

The evening celebrates Anera’s enduring commitment to the people of the Middle East. The dinner honors longtime supporters of Anera, including the Sams family, John Richardson, Murad Siam, Frances Stickles (in memoriam), and the Women’s Program Association (Lebanon).

The 50th Anniversary Dinner Honorary Host Committee includes Madonna, Secretary Chuck Hagel, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the U.S.. Dina Kawar, U.S. Ambassador (ret.) Susan Ziadeh, and Ann Kerr.

Guests will take a journey through five decades of Anera’s work delivering humanitarian relief and sustainable development programs across Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. Now in its fiftieth year, Anera is laying the foundation for delivering future impactful programs and building better lives so hope finds its way.

Master of ceremonies, musician and spoken word artist, Omar Offendum, will guide the evening and perform some of his songs. Oud artist Ramy Adly and his ensemble will also perform.

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

WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton | Washington, DC

For more information:

Steven Fake
Media Relations Officer
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For 50 years, Anera has helped refugees and others hurt by conflicts in the Middle East live with dignity and purpose. Anera, which has no political or religious affiliation, works on the ground with partners in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, Lebanon, and Jordan. We mobilize resources for immediate humanitarian relief and for sustainable health, education, and economic development efforts. Our staff are from the communities they serve, navigating the politics that constrict progress to get help where it’s needed most. In this way, Anera has grown to deliver more than $65 million in programming annually. We will keep building better lives until hope finds its way in the Middle East.