Arab Americans Honor Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya

Image On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the Arab American community will honor Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya for his commitment to service and empowering others. The Award for Individual Achievement will be presented during the 19th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards in Washington, DC. An immigrant, Ulukaya established his Greek yogurt company “Chobani” in 2005. In less than a decade, he grew the company’s worth to more than $1 billion. After witnessing the worsening refugee crisis around the globe, he established the Tent Foundation—his personal philanthropy that seeks to improve the lives and livelihoods of the world’s 65 million refugees and displaced people and help them realize their full potential.

Understanding the intricate and enduring nature of this crisis, Mr. Ulukaya signed the “Giving Pledge” in 2015, committing to give away most of his personal wealth over his lifetime to assist refugees. His commitment to refugees extends to his own business, which employs hundreds of resettled refugees and empowers them and their families to succeed.  Sitting on the boards of the Special Olympics and the Pathfinder Village, he is a testament to living one’s life in service of others.

“Like Kahlil Gibran, Hamdi Ulukaya is an immigrant who chose to make America his home and we are all the beneficiaries. Whether it be refugees, his own employees or the disability community, Hamdi has chosen to put the success and well-being of others first. His seemingly endless love for humanity and belief that businesses can change the world for the better, has impacted the lives of countless individuals, and made our world a better place. For lifting so many and for acting as a living example of how to empower those around us, we are proud to honor Hamdi with the 2017 Gibran Award for Individual Achievement,” said AAIF Foundation Director Maya Berry.

The Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards was launched in 1999 to recognize individuals, corporations, organizations and communities whose work, commitment and support make a difference in promoting coexistence and inclusion in all walks of life. The awards are named for the author of The Prophet, whose message of human endurance and triumph was so evident in his life and work. The awards further symbolize Gibran’s pride in his Arab heritage, respect for the freedom he found in the United States and his universal love of humanity.

Past gala participants and awardees include former President Bill Clinton, Her Majesty Queen Noor al-Hussein, actress Selma Hayek, former President of Poland Lech Walesa, former Sen. George Mitchell, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former professional boxer Muhammad Ali, actor and philanthropist Jamie Farr and recording star Sting.
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