IMANA 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner
IMANA 50th Anniversary Gala Report
Serving Faith, Profession, and the Community
On Saturday, October 14, 2017, family members, friends, and loved ones of IMANA supporters along with twenty-three former presidents of IMANA gathered together to celebrate IMANA’s 50th Anniversary with a Gala dinner in Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA. The evening highlighted IMANA’s accomplishments driven by IMANA’s vision articulated a half a century ago. An audience of 380 guests learned the contributions of IMANA to the American society and its impact across the globe.
We were delighted to host a daughter of Malcolm X, Ambassador Attallah Shabazz as the keynote speaker and introduced Lonnie Ali, wife of the legendary Muhammad Ali. The IMANA lifetime achievement award was given to Muhammad Ali, posthumously for his work towards the clinical care, rehabilitation, and support of patients with Parkinson’s disease and education. After accepting the award, Lonnie Ali spoke about the dedication to service and passion for justice of Muhammad Ali and his exemplary life that left a deep and wide impact around the world. All the IMANA former presidents present were acknowledged with an award for their leadership and service.
The silent auction of the outstanding artworks from Eye for Art was well received all but two pieces were purchased. Mo Amer ended the night with laughter with his comedy. The IMANA 50th Anniversary Gala dinner was a night to remember and a delightful celebration of the half-century of Serving Faith, Profession and the Community by American Muslim healthcare professionals.