Refugees International’s annual Anniversary Dinner is an awards ceremony and celebration honoring individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and commitment to humanitarian action. More than 500 people attend this event each year. This year’s McCall-Pierpaoli Award, RI’s highest humanitarian award, will be presented to Chobani founder and CEO, Hamdi Ulukaya, who has done so much to create opportunities for refugees at Chobani and has founded the Tent Alliance to encourage other global corporations to do the same.
The 15th Annual New York Circle: A Night for Refugees honored Ambassador Samantha Power with Refugees International's 2017 Exceptional Service Award, for her exceptional work in defending human rights and advocating on behalf of refugees worldwide.
Refugees International’s annual Anniversary Dinner is an awards ceremony and celebration honoring individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and commitment to humanitarian action. More than 500 people attend this event each year. This year’s McCall-Pierpaoli Award, RI’s highest humanitarian award, will be presented to the White Helmets, a volunteer rescue group responsible for saving more than 78,000 lives during the Syrian civil war.
As international crises worsen, the United Nations Refugee Agency reports the number of individuals displaced globally as more than 65 million, surpassing last year's number and unprecedented since the Second World War.
Please join us to meet RI advocates and other courageous individuals working to resolve these crises and reverse the trend of increasing displacement. We hope you will be able to be with us for another evening of animated and thoughtful discussion.
10% of Sales from Ankara's First Anniversary to go to Refugees International
We are pleased to announce that Ankara Restaurant, a Turkish restaurant in Washington, D.C., celebrates their one year anniversary this month and its founders – the Aslanturk family – plan to mark this special anniversary by donating 10% of sales for the next month to Refugees International.
The fundraiser will run from May 11 to June 12, and applies to all meals. Stop in for lunch, happy hour, dinner, or brunch, and 10% of your bill will go to support Refugees International’s lifesaving advocacy. Ankara Restaurant is conveniently located at 1320 19th St NW, Washington, DC, right by the southern entrance for the Dupont Circle Metro station.
For more information about Ankara Restaurant, including their menus, or to make a reservation, please visit www.ankaradc.net.
We would like to thank everyone at Ankara Restaurant for this generous gesture, and hope that you will support them and Refugees International this month!
The New York Circle is comprised of a select bi-partisan group of men and women interested in advancing humanitarian causes. By contributing their individual abilities and support, they strengthen Refugees International's advocacy voice on behalf of millions of refugees worldwide.
On April 28, 2015, RI celebrated 36 years or work. The McCall-Pierpaoli Award was presented to journalist Maureen Orth. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) was presented with the Congressional Leadership Award for his commitment to humanitarian issues in the Senate. The Richard C. Holbrooke Award was awarded to Rohingya human rights advocate and president of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK, Tun Khin.
The Chicago Circle brings together a citywide group of committed, non-partisan and informed leaders. Circle members help strengthen Refugees International's lifesaving advocacy by focusing on regional outreach, public awareness and broadening RI's philanthropic base.
On April 30, 2014, RI celebrated 35 years or work. The McCall-Pierpaoli Award was presented to world-renowned chef José Andrés and Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker. Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) received RI's Congressional Leadership Award for his humanitarian work in Congress. The Richard C. Holbrooke Award went to Dr. Seri Bakkar for his outstanding work to provide medical aid to Syrian IDPs and refugees.
On May 2, 2013, RI celebrated our 34th year of lifesaving work. The McCall-Pierpaoli Award was presented to Nobel Peace Laureate Mr. José Ramos-Horta. Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD) received RI's Congressional Leadership Award for her work on behalf of Afghan women. Dr. Jacques Sebisaho, founder of Amani Global Works and a medical doctor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was awarded the Richard C. Holbrooke Award.
On May 10, 2012, RI celebrated 33 years of lifesaving advocacy. The 2012 McCall-Pierpaoli Award was presented to Lauren Bush Lauren for her outstanding initiatives to fight hunger and malnutrition worldwide. RI honored Congressman Donald Payne (posthumously) and Congressman Chris Smith for their leadership of the Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee. Colette Lespinasse, a formidable advocate for displaced Haitians, was awarded the Richard C. Holbrooke Award.
On May 5, 2011, RI celebrated our 32nd anniversary. RI paid tribute to the impressive contribution of Governor Bill Richardson, RI’s 2011 McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award recipient. Senator Patrick Leahy also received our 2011 Congressional Leadership Award and Amina Ali received the RI’s first Richard C. Holbrooke Leadership Award. The evening also included an on-stage performance by Sudanese musician and former child soldier, Emmanuel Jal.
On May 6, 2010, RI celebrated our 31st anniversary and our first-ever green gala. RI paid tribute to the impressive contributions of Former Senate Majority Leader and physician Bill Frist, RIs 2010 McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award recipient. The evening also included a touching tribute to RI's former president Ken Bacon.
RI's largest and most high-profile fundraising event ever took place on May 7, 2009, in celebration of our 30th Anniversary. We honored media visionary and humanitarian Ted Turner with RI's most prestigious award, the McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award, at the intimate and picturesque Embassy of Italy.