House Of Lebanon Timeline
Dr. Irani’s endorsement of the HoL was undoubtedly a major pivotal step. His involvement was cemented by generous donations, not only from Dr. Irani, but also from Dr. Joe Jacobs, Mr. George Hage, and Ambassador Gilbert Chagoury. The latter were elected Honorary Board members, and Dr. Irani became Honorary Chairman.
New Officers Are Elected
Mr. Kanan Hamzeh was elected President and Dr. Hanna Shammas remained Chairman of the Board. For the ensuing 5 years, everyone worked diligently, hand in hand with dedicated board members, chief financial officer, Mr. Rachid Eletel and legal advisor, Mr. Jack Chammas, to solidify the Foundation’s basis.
The First Recipient of the Pride of Heritage Award
The inaugural Ray R. Irani Pride of Heritage Award was presented to Ambassador Gilbert Chagoury in celebration of his lifelong commitment to serving the people of Lebanon, and the ceremony was honored to have the presence of dignitaries such as Congressman Darrel Issa and former President Bill Clinton.
The Artists’ Group
The Artists Group was started by Mrs. Carole Choucair Oueijan with 7 members. It quickly grew to include over 70 visual artists, performers, composers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and writers. The group put together Beyond Borders Art Exhibition, an annual event that celebrates the artistic wealth of our community and beyond.
Gala Honors Philanthropist George Hage
Executive Director is Appointed
Mrs. Karen Srour was appointed Executive Director. The Lebanese American Foundation established an office in Century City, which later moved to Studio City. Under her direction, the office was responsible for the organization’s daily operations, Pride of Heritage Banquet, annual picnic, golf classic, art shows and social dinner details.
Gala Honors Civic Leader Mike Ahmar
The Ray R. Irani Pride of Heritage Award was presented to Mike Ahmar in celebration of his incredible commitment as a community leader toward furthering relations between the United States and Lebanon. The ceremony featured a performance by Nawal Al Zoghbi and a speech by Lebanese-American actor Tony Shalhoub.
First Lebanese American Foundation Golf Classic
Chaired by Mr. Fouad El-Abd, the 1st Lebanese American Foundation Golf Classic was held at the Braemar Country Club. with 86 golfers participating. The tournament featured by a lavish dinner, silent auction and entertainment. A 2nd tournament was also held at Braemar Country Club the following year.
Establishment of the Board of Trustees
The bylaws were amended on January 20,2009 with the establishment of the Board of Trustees, and Dr. Ray Irani was voted chairman of this new Board. The Board of Trustees is entrusted to safeguard the structure, vision, and mission of the Foundation.
Property Located and Escrow Opened
Under the leadership of President Mike Ahmar, the property at 4800 Wilshire Blvd was located. After a unanimous board approval and a financial boost from Dr. & Mrs. Ray Irani, Mr. & Mrs. Vatche Manoukian, and many Board members, escrow was closed on June 5, 2012.
Move To New Location
Gala Honors Civic Leader Harry Nadjarian
The Ray R. Irani Pride of Heritage Award was presented to Philanthropist and Civic Leader Harry H. Nadjarian.
Dr. Paul Wakim Interviews Award Winning Actress Selma Hayek
The Renovation Process Begins
A Gala Celebrating the Future
Young Leaders Group