Gala Dinners & Honorees

Annual Benefit Gala Dinners

RMF USA’s mission is to reach out to the Lebanese American and other Arab-American communities, as well as to the many American friends of Lebanon, in addition to other NGO’s with similar objectives, to harness support for RMF’s various programs in the field. This is done through annual benefit galas, currently held in three major US cities, Washington, DC, Miami,Fl and Houston,Texas.

The format of these evenings is to honor one or two prominent Lebanese-Americans who have either excelled in their fields and contributed to its advancement and/or have provided outstanding community service to their community here in America or in Lebanon, by awarding them with the RMF Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award or The Outstanding Community Service Award or a combination of the two.

Our benefit dinners also feature a fashion show by a Lebanese designer. The RMF Board feels that this form of visual entertainment was the best way to thank our donors and supporters thereby transcending any language barriers. Furthermore, it falls within RMF's mission of promoting development in Lebanon as the fashion sector is one of Lebanon's key industries.

Our galas typically hold a silent auction that includes a wide array of products made in Lebanon such as silver and jewelry, again promoting these cottage industries in Lebanon.

Past honorees, separated by year

2016

  • Dr. Andre Choulika, Chairman, CEO and founder of Cellectis, a biopharmaceutical company
  • Mr. Richard C. Shadyac, Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC the fundraising arm of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

2015

  • Dr. Hashim Sarkis, Dean and Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, MIT
  • Dr. Amale Andraos, Dean, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
  • Dr. Rodolphe El-Khoury, Dean, School of Architecture, University of Miami

2014

  • H.E. Mohamad Chatah (Posthumously) The Late Former Lebanese Minister of Finance and Ambassador to the US.
  • Dr. Joseph E. Aoun, Ph.D, President of Northeastern University

2013

  • H.E. Ambassador Clovis Maksoud
  • Dr. Edgar Choueiri, world renowned space physician.

2012

  • Selwa “Lucky” Roosevelt, longest serving former chief of Protocol under the Reagan Administration, a Lebanese-American who was married to Archibald Roosevelt, grandson of Former US President Teddy Roosevelt.
  • Derek Elias Dewan, a very successful Lebanese American businessman, and former Chairman and CEO of MPS Group.

2011

  • Mr. Bechara Nammour
  • Miss Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010, who is from Lebanese origins

2010

  • Mr. Peter Tanous, President of the American Task Force for Lebanon as well as one of its founders, and President of Lynx Investment Advisory, LLC of Washington D.C.

2008

  • Dr. Edward Soma, Co-Founder of RMF USA and its President for 13 years.
  • Mr. Claude Comair, founder and current Chairman of DigiPen Corp.

2007

  • Mr. Fuad El-Hibri, Chairman and CEO of Emergent BioSolutions.
  • Partnership for Lebanon, est. 2006

2006

  • Mr. Spencer Abraham, former US secretary of Energy.

2005

  • Mr. Richard Chidiac, former CEO/ALSAC St. Jude's Children Research Hospital.

2004

  • Mr. and Mrs. James and Betty Sams, active members in the Lebanese community in the US, supporting the Arab-American organizations that strive towards improving Arab-American relations.

2003

  • Mr. Anthony Charaf, Senior Vice President of Delta Air Logistics.

Past honorees, separated by year

2015

  • Dr. Farès Al-Dahdah, Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Humanities Research Center, Rice University
  • Dr. Ray Hachem, Associate Professor, Division of Internal Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Mr. Muneer Zaineldeen, American Druze Foundation Founding Member and Board of Trustees

2013

  • Mr. Nijad Fares, Chairman of Wedge Equities Incorporated.

2012

  • Philip Salem, MD, President of Salem Oncology Centre in Houston, a physician, researcher, educator and international statesman in cancer medicine.
  • Laura Stoma Ward, Executive Director of the Houston Children's Charity.

2010

  • Mr. & Mrs. Ralph and Adelene Abercia, recognized for their many years of dedication and contribution to Arab and Lebanese causes through their active involvement in organizations such as St. Jude's Children's' Research Hospital, The St. George Hospital Foundation, The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, The Khalil Gibran Memorial, The Southern Federation of Lebanese Syrian American Clubs.
  • Drs. William and Huda Zoghbi, both prominent doctors in Houston.

2007

  • Congressman Darrell Issa
  • Mr. Monzer Hourani, CEO of Medistar Corporation.

Past honorees, separated by year

2016

  • Mr. Alexander Asseily, Founder of Jawbone Bluetooth and State, and Chiaro Technology

2014

  • Dr. Walid Mnaymneh, retired, world renowned Orthopedic surgeon and former professor at the University of Miami’s Medical School.

2013

  • Mr. Emilio Estefan, Lebanese-American prominent Producer, Song Writer and Entrepreneur.

2011

  • Mr. Gary Nader, a longtime Miami art gallery owner and art collector of Lebanese origins.

2010

  • Mr. Christopher G. Korge, an attorney, entrepreneur and real estate developer.

2008

  • Sam and Laurice Hachem, who run a successful Real-estate Investment Company in Tampa Bay, and who fund the education of around 450 students in Lebanon.

2007

  • Mr. Rony Seikaly, former NBA player and star.
  • The Peace for Lebanon Foundation

2006

  • Mr. Anthony Abraham

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