On April 24, 2018, Refugees International (RI) hosted its 39th Anniversary Dinner. The occasion drew attention to the plight of refugees and displaced people around the world and honored three outstanding humanitarians who work to improve the lives of refugees and to defend their rights. The 2018 honorees were: Chobani Founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya who received the 2018 McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award; Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota who received the 2018 Congressional Leadership Award; and Iraq Health Access Organization Executive Director Hala al-Sarraf, who receive the 2018 Richard C. Holbrooke Award.
The evening was also dedicated to increasing support for RI's Waterston Emergency Fund, which is named for Board Member Emeritus Sam Waterston. The fund allows RI to respond quickly to fast moving events, traveling to unfolding displacement and refugee crises around the world. If you would like to contribute to this fund and help RI expand its lifesaving work, please visit our donate page.