THREADS OF GIVING GALA 2019
Date(s) - 09/21/2019
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Charles Hotel
ABOUT DR. GHALEB DAOUK
Dr. Ghaleb Daouk — a Pediatric Nephrology consultant at Boston Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical school whose career as a physician, published medical researcher, member of several medical professional societies, educator, and entrepreneur span his 36 years in the Boston area. Above all he is valued for his deep commitment to community building and proudly showcasing his Arab American heritage.
Dr. Daouk is a staunch friend and advocate of CAAP as one of the earliest and cherished founding board member, advocate, and supporter. In addition to CAAP, as part of his community building and philanthropic activities he has co-founded and/or served on many educational, cultural and philanthropic organizations, among which, he served on the board of trustees at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and was the former president of the AUB Alumni chapter of New England where he helped organize and grow that community, and as chair of fund raising for the AUB Alumni Association of North America. Serving his other Alma mater, Syracuse University (SU), he served on the College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors, chaired the Life Sciences Board of Visitors subcommittee, and established and chaired the SU Biology Alumni Board. He established the Daouk speakership series at SU, and the Daouk-Levy undergraduate studentship Fund in Biology to honor his own mentor and empower the next generation of young leaders.
Dr. Daouk has a passion for music and the arts and supports several initiatives, such as being a founding board member of the Center for Arabic Culture in Boston, supporter and participant of the Arab American Arts Institute’s and the New York Arabic Orchestra activities. Dr. Daouk is also a co-founder and board member of the Makassed Foundation of America, a 501c3 non-profit organization to support the mission of Makassed Philanthropic Association, one of the oldest and largest non-profit organizations serving the educational, health care and social services throughout Lebanon of which he is a current trustee as well.
We are tremendously honored that Dr. Ghaleb Daouk will be accepting this year’s Outstanding Arab American Philanthropist of the Year award.
SIMON SHAHEEN AND HIS BRILLIANT ENSEMBLE
Simon Shaheen dazzles his listeners as he deftly leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and Western classical styles. His soaring technique, melodic ingenuity, and unparalleled grace have earned him international acclaim as a virtuoso on the ‘oud and violin. As a composer, Shaheen has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, the Jerome Foundation, Continental Harmony, and Yellow Springs Institute. We are excited Shaheen and his ensemble will be bringing us a night to remember with their beautiful performance.
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR ARAB AMERICAN PHILANTHROPY
The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP), an ACCESS institution, 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.
Last year’s Inaugural Gala, which took place in Houston, drew more than 200 attendees and honored Mr. Farouk Shami. You can view photos and read more about last year’s event here.