New York, NY (PRWEB) September 20, 2007
On Thursday, September 27th the High Atlas Foundation will host its third annual reception and silent auction at the French Institute Alliance Français to benefit rural Moroccan communities. They will honor Richard Holbrooke, former US Ambassador to the United Nations, who also served as Peace Corps Director in Morocco from 1970 to 1972. In a 2001 WorldView article, Ambassador Holbrooke told Josh Friedman that it was "the best job he'd ever had. ... Out there alone in a Jeep, visiting Peace Corps Volunteers in remote areas of an extraordinarily interesting country, watching young Americans working in a developing society to share ideas. I always thought that the greatest beneficiary of the Peace Corps was the United States--not the countries that we sent the volunteers to, and I think the history of the last 40 years shows that." He continued, "...The one thing I'm certain of is that the Peace Corps is an enduring legacy, not only of the Kennedy administration but of the United States to the world."
Honorary Chairs include Carol Bellamy (CEO of World Learning and former Director of UNICEF and US Peace Corps), Charlie Benjamin (International Resources Group and former Director of the Near East Foundation in Morocco), John Entelis (Professor at Fordham University and Editor of the Journal of North African Studies), Barbara Ferris (International Women's Democracy Center), Edward Gabriel (former US Ambassador to Morocco), Mike McHugo (Discover Ltd. and Kasbah du Toubkal), Kevin Quigley (President of the National Peace Corps Association), Tim Resch (President of Friends of Morocco), and Margaret Tutwiler (Vice President of the New York Stock Exchange and former US Ambassador to Morocco).
Host Committee members include Valerie and Will Aitchison, Carol Bellamy, Alon Ben-Meir and Deanna Kory, Yossef and Melissa Ben-Meir, Liz Fanning, Albert Herter, Jack Lusk, Bruno and Martina Mejean, Alex Papachristou, Anne Reiniger, and Herbert Sturz.
Advisory Board members include Aziz Mekouar (Moroccan Ambassador the United States) and André Azoulay, Advisor to the King of Morocco.
Proceeds from the reception will support community development projects in rural Morocco, including fruit tree planting, potable water, irrigation, and women's cooperatives.
The High Atlas Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to establish development projects in rural communities of Morocco that local people design and manage, and that are in partnership with government and non-government agencies. It was founded in 2000 by former Peace Corps Volunteers as a way to use their experience and knowledge gained for the continued benefit of the Moroccan people.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.highatlasfoundation.org.