The event, one week before Valentine's Day, was themed, "Choose Love" calling on guests to show love and compassion for refugees around the world. The $6,500 raised will help the IRC respond to some of the world's worst crises, delivering aid that saves refugees' lives and creates opportunities for long-term recovery.
"For me, the cause is personal – my dad was displaced from the West Bank in 1947 and grew up in Syria before moving to the U.S. as a young physician. He's practiced medicine here for 40 years. After growing up with so little, he gives everything back. If today's laws were in place years ago, he might not have been let into the country. His story, and the thousands of lives he's saved, is just one reminder than refugees need us just as much as we need them," said host Khalid El Khatib.