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Refugees International's (RI) annual Anniversary Dinner is an exclusive awards ceremony and celebration honoring individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and commitment to humanitarian action. The evening includes the presentation of the McCall-Pierpaoli Award and special honors to those who labor to improve the lives of displaced people and remedy displacement crises across the world.
36th Anniversary Dinner
35th Anniversary Dinner
On April 30, 2014, RI celebrated 35 years or work. The McCall-Pierpaoli Award was presented to world-renowned chef José Andrés and Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker. Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) received RI's Congressional Leadership Award for his humanitarian work in Congress. The Richard C. Holbrooke Award went to Dr. Seri Bakkar for his outstanding work to provide medical aid to Syrian IDPs and refugees.
34th Anniversary Dinner
On May 2, 2013, RI celebrated our 34th year of lifesaving work. The McCall-Pierpaoli Award was presented to Nobel Peace Laureate Mr. José Ramos-Horta. Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD) received RI's Congressional Leadership Award for her work on behalf of Afghan women. Dr. Jacques Sebisaho, founder of Amani Global Works and a medical doctor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was awarded the Richard C. Holbrooke Award.
33rd Anniversary Dinner
On May 10, 2012, RI celebrated 33 years of lifesaving advocacy. The 2012 McCall-Pierpaoli Award was presented to Lauren Bush Lauren for her outstanding initiatives to fight hunger and malnutrition worldwide. RI honored Congressman Donald Payne (posthumously) and Congressman Chris Smith for their leadership of the Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee. Colette Lespinasse, a formidable advocate for displaced Haitians, was awarded the Richard C. Holbrooke Award.
32nd Anniversary Dinner
On May 5, 2011, RI celebrated our 32nd anniversary. RI paid tribute to the impressive contribution of Governor Bill Richardson, RI’s 2011 McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award recipient. Senator Patrick Leahy also received our 2011 Congressional Leadership Award and Amina Ali received the RI’s first Richard C. Holbrooke Leadership Award. The evening also included an on-stage performance by Sudanese musician and former child soldier, Emmanuel Jal.
31st Anniversary Dinner
On May 6, 2010, RI celebrated our 31st anniversary and our first-ever green gala. RI paid tribute to the impressive contributions of Former Senate Majority Leader and physician Bill Frist, RIs 2010 McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award recipient. The evening also included a touching tribute to RI's former president Ken Bacon.
30th Anniversary Dinner
RI's largest and most high-profile fundraising event ever took place on May 7, 2009, in celebration of our 30th Anniversary. We honored media visionary and humanitarian Ted Turner with RI's most prestigious award, the McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award, at the intimate and picturesque Embassy of Italy.
29th Anniversary Dinner
In 2008, more than 400 guests gathered to celebrate Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow, Senator Ted Kennedy, and Senator Gordon Smith.