Kuwait-America Foundation’s Benefit for Iraqi Refugees
Kuwaiti Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah and his wife, Rima, hosted the Kuwait- American Foundation benefit dinner, “A Tribute to Friendship,” on March 9 for Iraqi refugees relief. There are 400,000 Iraqi refugees, mainly women and children, living in exile around the world. The benefit raised over $1 million, which will be used for the repatriation and resettlement of these refugees. The dinner honored former Secretary of State Colin Powell and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie. CNN’s Paula Zahn flew in from New York to emcee the event with Marvin Hamlisch, who performed with the Children’s Chorus of Washington. The underwriters of the intimate evening (of 144 guests) were ChevronTexaco and the Dow Chemical Company. Other corporate sponsors included Occidental, Boeing, Conoco-Phillips, General Motors, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and Exxon Mobile. Among the VIPs attending were the Secretaries of Energy, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development; Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy; and Generals Richard Myer and Peter Pace.
Photos by Vicky Pombo and Zaid Hamid