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AMAR Gala!

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Last night we also went to the AMAR US second annual gala dinner at the Park Hyatt Hotel to support its projects to rebuild lives in the Middle East. The honoree, Ambassador and Georgetown University Institute for Women, Peace and Security director Melanne Verveer, addressed the importance of women's leadership in peace building and global security, saying No country can get ahead if it leaves half its people behind. We snapped her surrounded by Presidential Precinct's Neal Piper, Development Strategies’ Mary Kopper, AMAR trustee Missy Casscells-Hamby, and by UVA’s Morven Project’s Stewart Gamage.

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Funds raised go to AMAR’s projects, which help over 550,000 people in the Middle East with health care, education, training, and assistance. Here, Silvia De Carlo, Francesco Fedele, Ambassador Steven Steiner, and AMAR US CEO Chris Kyriacou.

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A live auction included lunch at the Italian embassy, tickets to Virginia canopy tours, and Roll DC bike tours. Here, AMAR VP Chris Straub and Ambassador Lukman Faily are surrounded by Podesta Group’s Steve Rademaker and Josh Holly.

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Photos of relentless, strong refugees surrounded the guests to remind us that they are not victims, but fighters. Here, ManSat CEO Chris Stott, John Morris, and Geeks with Frontiers founder Michael Potter.