On October 5, 2017, Refugees International hosted its 15th Annual New York Circle, an event titled "A Night for Refugees." RI and its Board of Directors honored Ambassador Samantha Power, former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, with Refugees International's 2017 Exceptional Service Award. Board Member Emeritus Sam Waterston served as the evening's master of ceremonies, and Mariela Shaker, celebrated Syrian musician and refugee from Aleppo, performed.
This year, the New York Circle took place at a critical time as tens of millions of refugees have been forced to flee their homelands due to conflict, persecution, andextreme climate-related disasters, as just witnessed in the Caribbean. Disturbingly, the world is again witnessing ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, such as those perpetrated against the Rohingya people in Myanmar. Conflict and drought are creating famine conditions in Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia, and Sudan. These terrible events are unfolding as anti-refugee sentiment is on the rise across the world and within the United States as long-standing U.S. commitments to aiding and resettling refugees appear to be under threat.
Given these challenging times, Refugees International is committed to acknowledging those who are committed to the cause of refugees and to humanitarian values. In that spirit, RI honored Ambassador Power, an extraordinary leader on human rights and humanitarian issues, with the 2017 Exceptional Service Award.
Sarah Bacon, Caroline Netchvolodoff, and Natasha Weiss served as the event's co-chairs. Heineken and L’Oreal were the evening's Visionary Sponsors, and Voss Water and the Preston Farm & Winery supported the event with generous in-kind donations.
2017 New York Circle Benefit Committee:
Sarah Bacon, Co-Chair
Caroline Netchvolodoff, Co-Chair
Natacha Weiss, Co-Chair
Joy and Jonathan Alferness
Leslie and George Biddle
Clara Bingham and Joe Finnerty
Ghislaine Boreel and James Shallcross
Lauren Bush Lauren and David Lauren
Stephanie Cabot and Marcus Lovell-Smith
Josephine and Peter Callahan
Jennifer and Michael Caputo
Adrienne and James Conzelman
Maria d'Albert and Mark Prutsalis
Elizabeth and Michael Galvin
Marianne Gimon d'Ansembourg and Alessandro d'Ansembourg
Marybeth and Chris Harvey
Patty and Robert Isen
Farida and Farooq Kathwari
Ambassador Betty King
Dr. Christine Mahoney Kluge and John Kluge
Ida and Henry Makanzi
Barbara and Garrett Melby
Isa and Jon Moneypenny
Sally and Steve Paridis
Peta and Gary Roubin
Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski
Nina and Dino Saglimbeni
Mimi and Dr. Jacques Sebisaho
Eileen Shields-West and Robin West
Nancy Steiner and David Michaelis
Jennifer and Jack Sullivan
Mariella and Michael Trager
Sandra Sennett Tully and Bruce Tully
Frederica and George Valanos
Alexandra von Wussow
Lynn and Sam Waterston
Jan Weil and Amos Avgar
Christina Weiss Lurie
Maureen White and Steve Rattner
Amy and Andrew Whiteley
Kelly and Patrick Wolfington-Kelley
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