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Release: RI to Honor Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow at 29th Anniversary Dinner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Vanessa Parra,
202-828-0110 ext. 225;
vanessa@refugeesinternational.org

Refugees International to Honor Humanitarians
Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow at 29th Anniversary Dinner


Washington, DC – On Thursday, May 8th, Refugees International will honor Mia Farrow and her son, Ronan Farrow with the 2008 McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award as part of the organization’s 29th Anniversary Dinner. Senators Edward Kennedy and Gordon Smith will also be honored as the first recipients of Refugees International’s Congressional Leadership Award, in support of their tireless efforts for displaced Iraqis. Law and Order star Sam Waterston will be the Master of Ceremonies at the event, which will take place at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC.

“I am honored to be presenting this award to Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow,” said Ken Bacon, president of Refugees International. “Mia and Ronan’s dedication to the people of Darfur is truly inspiring. Ms. Farrow’s work with Dream for Darfur has focused on pressuring China, Sudan’s biggest trading partner, and other countries and companies to do more for the people of Darfur.”

The McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award honors those who have shown extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people. The award was instituted in memory of three people -- David and Penny McCall and Yvette Pierpaoli who died during a Refugees International mission to Albania in 1999. Past recipients include Kofi and Nane Annan, Ambassador John Danforth, Julia Taft and Lord Mark and Lady Malloch Brown.

Refugees International’s Congressional Leadership Award is presented to members of Congress who show inspirational leadership in pushing for legislation that supports refugees and displaced people. “In the past year, Senators Edward Kennedy and Gordon Smith have been exemplary voices for the displaced,” added Bacon. “Their leadership on legislation to increase resettlement of Iraqi refugees has assured the safety of thousands of vulnerable people. Senators Kennedy and Smith’s continuing support for millions of Iraqi refugees is a beacon of hope to those most in need.”

Mr. & Mrs Michael and Mariella Trager are Co-Chairs of the 29th Anniversary Dinner. His Excellency, the Ambassador of Italy, and Mrs. Giovanni Castellaneta are Honorary Patrons.

WHEN: Thursday, May 8, 2008
7:00 pm General Reception
8:00 pm Dinner
VIP Reception begins at 6:00 pm

WHERE: The Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

RSVP: erika@refugeesinternational.org; 202-828-0110 x227
Tickets $300

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