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2024 Gala Dinner

Announcing Our 2024 Awardees


 

MEI’s Annual Gala Dinner honors individuals from the United States and Middle East whose achievements embody our mission to foster peaceful and prosperous cooperation. This year’s event recognizes five exemplary individuals whose contributions as peacebuilders, philanthropists, and trailblazers have set a precedent for peace, established a platform for innovation, and ushered in a future of unbounded possibility.

Tickets

Visionary Award


The Visionary Award recognizes the positive impact of trailblazers whose achievements compel progress, inspire positive change, and instill hope for a brighter future.

2024 Awardee

Rayyanah Barnawi
First Saudi & Arab Woman in Space

Chairman's Award


Established in 2024, the inaugural Chairman’s Award will be personally presented by MEI Board Chairman General (Ret.) John Abizaid. The award recognizes individuals or organizations whose achievements embody MEI’s mission and values.

2024 Awardees

Fatih and Eren Ozmen
Owners of SNC and Sierra Space
Turkish-American Philanthropists and Entrepreneurs

Issam M. Fares Award For Excellence


Endowed by the former Lebanese Deputy Prime Minister, the Issam M. Fares Award for Excellence honors inspirational individuals or organizations whose contributions have had a positive impact on a global scale and left a legacy of excellence atop their respective fields.

2024 Awardee

James A. Baker, III &
George J. Mitchell

61st U.S. Secretary of State/Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and Special Envoy for Middle East Peace
Middle East Peacemakers

2024 Titular Honorary Chairs


MEI is honored to announce former President Bill Clinton and former President George W. Bush have associated their names with the evening’s proceedings as Titular Honorary Chairs.

MEI Gala Sponsorship Opportunities


Diamond

$100,000+

  • MEI corporate membership for one year at the President's Council Level ($50,000 value)
  • Two tables with priority seating for 20 guests
  • Eight invitations to VIP reception
  • Acknowledgment from the podium
  • Full-page ad in printed event program
  • Premier recognition in night-of-event visuals and promotional materials
Platinum

$50,000+

  • MEI corporate membership for one year at the Ambassador's Council Level ($30,000 value)
  • One table with priority seating for 10 guests
  • Four invitations to VIP reception
  • Acknowledgment from the podium
  • Full-page ad in the printed event program
  • Prominent recognition in night-of-event visuals and promotional materials
Gold

$25,000+

  • MEI corporate membership for six months at the Ambassador's Council Level ($15,000 value)
  • One table for 10 guests
  • Two invitations to VIP reception
  • Half-page ad in printed event program
  • Recognition in night-of-event visuals and promotional materials
Silver

$10,000+

  • One table for 10 guests
  • Half-page ad in printed event program
  • Recognition in night-of-event visuals and promotional materials
VIP Ticket

$2,500+

  • VIP reception access with our Honorees
  • Priority seating in the ballroom
General Ticket

$1,000+

  • Standard admission to the main networking reception and awards dinner

Purchase Tickets Online


For more information about registration and sponsorship opportunities, including ways to submit payment via check, please contact Courtney Lobel, Chief Development Officer at clobel@mei.edu or 202-785-1141 x213.

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April 17th, 2024
6:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM Dinner and Program
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington, D.C.

To read about past MEI Awardees, click here.