Pride of Heritage Banquet
The House of Lebanon's Ray R. Irani Pride of Heritage Award
Given annually to an individual who best exemplifies those qualities that have distinguished Lebanese Americans -- love of family and country, generosity of spirit, dedication to the community, excellence in business or profession and is supportive of the mission and purposes of the Lebanese American Foundation.
Our very first recipient of the award was Ambassador Gilbert R. Chagoury. US President Bill Clinton presented him with the award and was keynote speaker are his honoring ceremony.
2005 Ambassador Gilbert R. Chagoury
2006 George Hage
2007 Mohamed Ahmar
2008 Dr. Paul Boulos
2009 Vatche Manoukian
2010 James N. Koury
2011 Ghassan M. Saab
2014 Harry H. Nadjarian
Pride of Heritage Award
The award was designed by Carole Choucair Oueijan, founder of the HOL Artists Group. Her inspiration for the award is from the "keystone" of the great doorway at the Temple of Bacchus at Baalbek, Lebanon. A keystone (ghalaq) is the stone that holds the two walls to make an arch for an entrance, door or window, thus eliminating the need for strong timber beams. The Lebanese American Foundation's vision to create a bridge to connect future generations of Lebanese Americans with their roots, while strengthening our ties with the American society is representative of the keystone in the Temple of Bacchus. Just as the keystone holds together, what many historians consider the largest Roman temple ever built, so does the Lebanese American Foundation strive to hold together the Lebanese and American cultures.