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A Big Thank You for All of You: 1,000+ Turn Out for CAIR’s 24th Annual Banquet, Help Raise $630K for Protection of Civil Rights

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/22/18) – More than 1,000 community members, activists and leaders turned out on Saturday in Arlington, Va., for the sold out 24th annual banquet of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.

Video: CAIR’s Sold Out 24th Annual Banquet

Photo: CAIR’s Sold Out 24th Annual Banquet

The evening event included a tribute to murdered Washington Post commentator and Virginia resident Jamal Khashoggi.

Video: CAIR Tribute to Jamal Khashoggi

Banquet attendees helped CAIR raise $630,000 to support its work in defense of the civil rights of all Americans.

“We are humbled by the tremendous support shown by all those who attended our national banquet and donated to help preserve civil rights at a time when they are being threatened on a daily basis,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

He also thanked all the CAIR staff and volunteers who made the success of the event possible.

While the banquet raised $630,000, that fell $120,000 short of the event’s ambitious fundraising goal of $750,000.

ACTION REQUESTED: Awad asked those who were unable to attend the event, but who wish to support CAIR’s work – and close the $120,000 fundraising gap — to donate through its website:

Prior to the banquet, CAIR held a two-day National Leadership and Policy Conference, themed “We the People, Organizing for Justice: Vision 2020,” at the same venue. Part of the first day of that conference was carried live on C-SPAN2.

VIDEO: Council on American-Islamic Relations Leadership Conference (C-SPAN2)

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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