Refugees International’s 38th Anniversary Dinner took place at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on April 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. The White Helmets (Syria Civil Defense) were awarded RI’s highest humanitarian award, the McCall-Pierpaoli Award. The Congressional Leadership Award was presented to Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and the Richard C. Holbrooke Award was presented to Hassan Shire.
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The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.
Maria and Fabio Trabocchi, Gala Benefit Chairs.
RI Board Member and Emcee for the evening Matt Dillon.
Her Majesty Queen Noor Al-Hussein of Jordan presents the McCall-Pierpaoli Award to the White Helmets.
White Helmets volunteer Jehad Mahameed, Her Majesty Queen Noor Al-Hussein, White Helmets volunteers Manal Abazeed and Mounir Mustafa.
Sarah Bovim, Vice President, Government Affairs for Whirlpool Corporation and Chair of the Global Partnership Initiative.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Kati Martin presents the Richard C. Holbrooke Leadership Award to Hassan Shire, Executive Director of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project.
Refugees International President Michel Gabaudan.
Ethan Allen President and RI Emeritus Board Member Farooq Kathwari presented the Congressional Leadership Award to Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)
Performance by Taulant Mehmeti and his trio.
RI Board Chair Eileen Shields-West, RI Board Members Queen Noor Al-Hussein and Jodi Bond, and Laura Lane.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Ambassador of Kosovo Vlora Çitaku and RI Board Member Matt Dillon.
Manal Abazeed, one of the Syrian White Helmets who accepted the McCall-Pierpaoli Award, and RI Board Members Queen Noor Al-Hussein and Demet Öger.
Congressman Will Hurd and Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan.
Kati Marton, Benefit Chairs Maria and Fabio Trabocchi, RI Board Chair Eileen Shields-West, and Shamim Jawad.
Jim Gale, RI Board Member Lisa Barry, and Leslie Schweitzer.
Meg Clerc, Mariella Trager, Michael and Meryl Chertoff.
Gabriela Sigala de Moreno, Kathleen Biden, Courtney Straus, Mariella Trager, Princess Yasmine Pahlavi, Marisol Lamadrid, Annie Totah, Benefit Chair Maria Trabocchi, and Meg Clerc.
Princess Yasmine Pahlavi, Shamim Jawad, and Mariella Trager
RI Board Member Darya Nasr and Vali Nasr.
Isabel Vital and Ambassador of Portugal Domingos Vital.
Thais Gonzalez Carballada and Ambassador of Costa Rica Roman Macaya Hayes.
Samer Asfour and Ambassador of Jordan Dina Kawar.
Ambassador of Luxembourg Sylvie Lucas
Numa Mulina and Ambassador of Papua New Guinea Rupa Mulina.
Ambassador of Somalia Ahmed Awad.
RI Staff and Board Member Queen Noor-Al Hussein with the White Helmets and staff of the Syria Campaign