CAIR Opens Nominations for ‘American Muslim of the Year’ Award

CAIR-logoCAIR ACTION ALERT #734: CAIR Opens Nominations for ‘American Muslim of the Year’ Award

Award to be presented at CAIR’s 20th annual banquet recognizes achievements and contributions of American Muslims

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/22/14) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, announced today that it is seeking nominations for the second annual “American Muslim of the Year” award to be presented at CAIR’s 20th annual banquet September 27 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. 

The award will honor an American Muslim who demonstrated “exemplary service to the country and the community” at the local or national level over the last year by “inspiring and empowering others.”

“This annual community-based award is designed to recognize the achievements and positive contributions of American Muslims to our nation,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

 Awad noted that last year’s award went to community activist and leader Linda Sarsour.

To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must also reside in the United States and be able to attend the banquet. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. (EST) September 9, 2014. 

To nominate someone for the CAIR 2014 American Muslim of the Year Award, go to:

Nominations for the award may also be submitted at CAIR’s booth (#117) at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention being held Labor Day weekend in Detroit, Mich. 

Registration for CAIR’s 20th annual banquet is now available online. In past years, the banquet has sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door, so register TODAY to reserve your place. NOTE: Tickets for the banquet will also be available at CAIR’s booth at ISNA convention in Detroit. 

With the theme “Rooted in Faith, Growing Through Service,” the September 27th evening banquet will feature civil rights leader and MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton, as well as CAIR National Board Chair Roula Allouch and Reps. James Moran (D-VA) and Keith Ellison (D-MN).  Registration for the banquet is available at: 

Banquet tables for a family, business, mosque, or other group, can be reserved by calling 202-742-6454 or by emailing Space in the program book is available for advertisements to reach all banquet attendees. Email for a sponsorship form. 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. 

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171,”‹