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The René Moawad Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt (501)(c)(3) U.S. organization promoting peace, stability and prosperity in Lebanon through sustainable human development. It was established in the U.S. in 1993, with headquarters in Washington DC, to advance the mission and goals of its counterpart in Lebanon and to diversify its sources of funding and support. For one this is done through annual benefit galas, currently held in three major US cities, Washington, DC, Miami,Fl and Houston,Texas.
These annual benefit galas harness support from Lebanese Americans and the Lebanese Diaspora while paying tribute to individuals who best exemplify the distinguishing qualities of Lebanese Americans: love of family and country, generosity of spirit, dedication to the community, excellence in business or profession, and support of the Foundation’s mission. Laureates are selected by the RMF USA Board of Directors. Through these fundraising dinners, RMF has achieved great strides in the past 25 years in making a difference in a most impactful way in the lives of the less fortunate in Lebanon.
The Honorable Alex Azar II, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
Mr. Monir Barakat, Vice Chairman and President of Wafra Capital
Dr. James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute
The Honorable Darrell Issa, Inventor, entrepreneur and now tech policy leader
The Honorable Rich Ashooh, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration.
Juliette Kayyem, Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, CNN National Security Analyst, and Harvard Professor.
Dr. George Helou, Research Professor of Physics at Caltech Director of IPAC, the NASA Infrared Astronomy Center.
The Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs, An organization of heritage/culture established in1931 by first-generation Americans of Syrian/Lebanese decent to encourage educational, civic and charitable projects.
Dr. Paul F. Boulos, Engineering and Technology Business Leader and Philanthropist
H.E. Gabriel Issa, Lebanon's Ambassador to the U.S
Mr. Nadim Ashi, Founder & CEO, Fort Partners; Entrepreneur & Real Estate Developer