The Oman Alumni Chapter organized yet another successful gala dinner at the Kempinski Hotel in Muscat with around 400 attendees. Among the esteemed guests were Lebanese Ambassador Albert Samaha and his wife, Chargé d’ Affaires ad interim Stephanie Hallett, and Omani dignitaries. AUB Vice President for Advancement Imad Baalbaki and Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Salma Oueida also traveled to Oman from Beirut to represent AUB and President Fadlo R. Khuri.
“Your presence tonight is a true manifestation of our solidarity and commitment to our cause,” chapter president Bilal Raad said in his opening speech addressing the audience. He went on to explain that the chapter’s cause, helping students who are in need of financial support so they can continue their education, “is a truly noble one.” All proceeds from the December 7 gala support scholarships for AUB students, many of whom are struggling during these very challenging times in Lebanon.
Speaking on behalf of AUB President Fadlo R. Khuri, VP Baalbaki spoke about recent events in Lebanon and their impact on the AUB community. He noted that AUB had launched an Emergency Fund and a worldwide Solidarity Appeal to raise funds for current AUB students and needy patients seeking care at the AUB Medical Center. “We especially need the support of our alumni chapters like this one in Oman for our current worldwide Solidarity Appeal,” said Baalbaki.
During the event, the Oman Alumni Chapter Committee honored Fathi Aidi (BBA '65), Samih Rahhal (BEN ’66), Youssef Shammas (BEN ’67), and Mohamad Abou Zaki (BEN ’68). The night included live entertainment by Nicolas Osta and raffle draws.