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Farouk Shami to be honored with Philanthropy Award March 16
MEDIA ALERT: National community foundation to host inaugural event in Houston and honor Houston-based businessman and community leader Dr. Farouk Shami with “Outstanding Arab American Philanthropist” Award
WHAT: On Friday, March 16, the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP), the nation’s only Arab American community foundation, will honor Houston’s own Dr. Farouk Shami—renowned international businessman and innovator, founder of Farouk Systems Inc. and global philanthropist—at its inaugural “Threads of Giving” Gala at the Houstonian Hotel.
WHO: Dr. Farouk Shami, founder of Farouk Systems Inc., which exports CHI and BioSilk hair and skin products to over 100 countries, will be honored with the Outstanding Arab American Philanthropist Award for his support of numerous charitable causes worldwide, his personal contributions to the Houston area, and his assistance with disaster relief efforts after tragedies, like 9/11 and Haiti, and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike, Sandy and Harvey. Shami has also generously founded and supported several educational scholarships and institutions throughout the world, including an institution in Palestine to support young women pursuing careers in STEM fields.
WHERE: The Houstonian Hotel, 111 N Post Oak Ln., Houston, TX 77024
WHEN: Friday, March 16, from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
WHY: CAAP, a national institution of ACCESS—the largest Arab American community nonprofit in the U.S.—is a national community foundation, with the objective to unite and empower the Arab American community by demonstrating the impact of giving together. CAAP improves communities through grantmaking, serves donors by providing smart charitable giving tools, and shapes perceptions about Arab Americans by highlighting their exceptional contributions to society. CAAP’s contributions to the Houston area include, granting more than $50,000 for Syrian refugee families through the Building Blocks for New Americans Fund; the Adawia Alousi Scholarship Fund, which continues to support young women in STEM fields across the nation; and support to Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts through a disaster relief fund.
HOW: For more information on this event, contact Rana Abbas Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.centeraap.org/events/2017-threads-giving-gala/
The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) is a national community foundation and a national institution of ACCESS—the largest Arab American community nonprofit in the U.S. CAAP’s objective is to unite and empower the Arab American community by demonstrating the impact of giving together. We improve communities by making grants to nonprofit organizations. We serve donors by providing them with smart tools and resources to carry out their philanthropic giving. We build leaders by educating and inspiring Arab Americans, including youth, to realize their potential for change. Most of all, we shape perceptions about Arab Americans by highlighting their generous heritage and exceptional contributions to society. Visit www.centeraap.org to learn more.
Grounded in a grassroots commitment to empowerment, ACCESS is the largest Arab American community nonprofit in the U.S., with a 47-year history of nonprofit of excellence. Guided by our vision of a just and equitable society for all, with the full participation of Arab Americans, we empower communities in Southeast Michigan to improve their economic, social and cultural well-being through an extensive network of health, education, employment and social services programming. Our mission extends nationally through our highly esteemed institutions—The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), the Arab American National Museum (AANM) and the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP)—which are focused on making an impact through advocacy, the arts and philanthropy.
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