5th annual OpenMinds Gala dinner

February 22 2018 ,Biel, Hall 2

5th annual OpenMinds Gala dinner

OpenMinds and the AUBMC Special Kids Clinic held their 5th annual fundraising dinner on Thursday February 22, 2018 at the Seaside Arena in Beirut, in the presence of Prime Minister Saad Hariri and a host of prominent political, economic, and social figures.  

The magical evening saw Tania Kassis perform the Lebanese national anthem “a capella”, with an additional performance by Nancy Ajram and an exceptional fashion show by Elie Saab. During the gala, the beautiful children of the choir of the Tania Kassis Academy performed a number of songs and dances that enthralled the audience.  The evening’s program was presented by Wissam Hanna. The lineup of the gala also included the screening of two documentary films about OpenMinds, a tombola and a public auction of paintings donated by the internationally renowned artists Nabil Nahhas, Ayman Baalbaki and Marwan Sahmarani.

During the evening, OpenMinds revealed further details of its study of the assisted living village for individuals with special needs in Dibbiyeh. Once executed, the project will be the first of its kind in Lebanon and the Middle East. The village would provide vocational education, organic farming, exhibition and retail spaces, and a small hotel to cater to its needs. The carefully designed community aims to serve as a “safe haven for people with special needs, contribute to their integration, happiness, leisure and financial independence and provide them with sustainable care throughout their lifespan.”

Elie Saab Fashion Show

  • Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • Venue: Biel, Hall 2