Ninth Annual Gala

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The Ballroom At Carlos Center
2500 Clairmont Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30329


Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Featuring Performer and Speaker: Kinan Azmeh
Presenting: Arab-American High Achievers Awards

Alif’s 2018 Annual Fundraising Gala:
Improving Lives Through the Power of Community!

Dear Alif Community,

You are invited to join Alif Institute’s Ninth Annual Fundraising Gala. This event will bring together prominent members of our community, as well as our sponsors, supporters, and friends. The event will feature will feature internationally acclaimed clarinetist, Kinan Azmeh, as our guest performer and speaker, an awards ceremony honoring our highest achievers, an auction, and a special entertainment program for a fun and memorable evening for everyone!

All proceeds from this benefit will go towards supporting projects and activities of Alif Institute, dedicated to fostering an understanding and appreciation of Arab culture.

We invite you to attend the event, invite your friends to join, become a Gala Sponsor, and to make a donation to the event’s auction! By supporting Alif Institute, you are living our motto: Keep Arab Cultures Alive!


Mrs. Samar Sulieman
Chair, Alif Annual Gala Committee

Thank you, Gala Sponsors!

Announcing the 2018 Arab-American High Achiever (AAHA) Awards

For the 9th year, based on nominations from the community, Alif Institute is honoring high-achieving individuals and institutions from the Arab-American and the broader communities whose work has contributed greatly to Arab-American advancement. These awards focus our attention on inspirational success stories and good work being done to create a better world for everyone.

We are proud to announce that the recipients of the 2018 Arab American High Achiever (AAHA) Awards are:

Announcing the 2018 Alif Institute Appreciation Awards

The Board of Executive Directors created the Alif Institute Appreciation Awards to express our deep gratitude for those individuals who have joyfully given their time and talent to help us fulfill our mission. This year, the Awards go to:

2018 Featured Performer and Speaker: KINAN AZMEH

Alif Institute is proud and honored to present internationally acclaimed clarinetist, Kinan Azmeh. Kinan will perform and have a conversation with the Alif community about the importance that music and culture play in our ever-changing world. 

Hailed as a “Virtuoso” and “Intensely Soulful” by the New York Times  and “Spellbinding”  and “Brilliant” by the New Yorker,  his utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres has gained him international recognition as  clarinetist and composer. 

A graduate of New York’s Juilliard School, he earned his doctorate degree in music  from the City University of New York in 2013. He attended the Damascus High Institute of Music (where he studied with Shukry Sahwki, Nicolay Viovanof and Anatoly Moratof), and Damascus University’s School of Electrical Engineering in his native Syria. 

Kinan serves as artistic director of the Damascus Festival Chamber Players, a pan-Arab ensemble dedicated to contemporary music from the Arab world. He is also a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble with whom he was awarded a Grammy in 2017. Kinan was recently named composer-in-residence with Classical Movements for the 2017-2018 season. 


Last Year's AAHA Award Recipients (2017)

High Achieving Arab-American Individual

Mr. Lou Sobh, for his inspiring example of hard-earned success and embodiment of the Arab-American dream.

Individual Contributing to the Advancement of the Arab-American Community

Mr. Jean Leon, for his role in fostering the establishment of the Arab-American community in Atlanta.

Institution Contributing to the Advancement of the Arab-American Community

Division of Global Affairs, Kennesaw State University, for its innovative programs promoting international education and cultivating the idea of a global community.
Award presented to Dr. Lance R. Askildson and Dr. Daniel J. Paraka.

From Past Events

 Check below some magical moments from our 2015 Annual Gala, 
or click here to see some wonderful pictures provided by Mrs. Areej Ekbarieh Taha. 
 We look forward to seeing you all again this year and to create another memorable event!

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