Camille Chidiac

Charities and Foundations I support

Gettysburg College – Camille Chidiac

Picture Gettysburg College is a four-year, liberal arts college which I support. Founded in 1832, the college has earned a reputation for academic rigor and is a cherished institution by those in my family who studied there.

Visit Gettysburg’s website to make a gift to the institution.

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The International Medical Corps – Camille Chidiac

Picture International Medical Corps (IMC) is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. The IMC’s mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. The training and health care which the IMC offers to high risk local populations is an extremely important part of rehabilitating devastated health care systems which can directly save the lives of many. For more information please visit the International Medical Corps website.

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The Surfrider Foundation – Camille Chidiac

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The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. As a resident of California and an avid outdoorsman, the great work this organization does benefits me every day. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now has over 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide. This is one of the many reasons I love the west coast.

Please visit the Surfrider Foundation website to contribute to this wonderful cause.

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The Baby Buggy – Camille Chidiac

Picture Baby Buggy is a nonprofit that provides in-need families with  everything from cribs and strollers to clothing and bottles. Similar to other charities I support, Baby Buggy focuses on providing essentials that many more privileged people take for granted. They also add in a twist: “incentive based donations”. In order to receive many of their products, mothers must also agree to social service assistance, such as job training, financial literacy classes, and parenting support & education. For example: A mom receives stroller after demonstrating that he has opened an education savings account for her child. A father receives a crib after participating in a 16-week fatherhood program.

For more information on how to support Baby Buggy, please visit their website : Baby Buggy

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The UN Refugee Agency’s Blue Key Campaign – Camille Chidiac

Picture The reasons I choose to support the the UN Refugee Agency’s Blue Key campaign are not complicated. Refugees need basic necessities that many of us who are more fortunate take for granted; namely water, food and shelter. Some refugees spend years, even decades, in displacement camps. So many are traumatized by torture, sexual assault and aggression. The Blue Key campaign helps provide basic services to those in refugee camps who most desperately need them; a school, a health clinic, shelter from the elements for their family. Today, more than 6,000 UNHCR staffers help provide much needed, shelter and care in camps around the world. But much work is still needed–there are 43 million refugees worldwide and more needs to be done to help them escape their plight. In December 2011, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) will commemorate 60 years of working to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees and internally displaced people.  The goal is for 6,000 U.S. residents – thoughtful, caring people like you — to get a Blue Key. By doing so, you’ll tell the millions of refugees worldwide that they’re not invisible, and our staff that their live-saving work does not go unnoticed.

I urge you to support this cause as well.

More information: Blue Key campaign.

The Sion Milosky Memorial Foundation – Camille Chidiac

On March 21st, 2011 tragedy struck the surfing world. Sion Milosky passed away after a fall at Maverick’s break, a famous surfing location in Hawaii. The father of two had recently gained notoriety not only in the surfing world, but throughout the sporting community, for catching the biggest wave ever recorded in a surfing competition. Milosky was a pioneer of big wave surfing, often pushing the boundaries of the sport and pushing himself to new achieve bigger and bigger goals. Away from surfing, Milosky was a dedicated father to two young girls; he often described his passions to be his family first and chasing massive waves second. Milosky was a man dedicated to his sport and his family. His contributions to his sport and to the world will not be forgotten and he will be greatly missed.

I encourage you to donate to the fund as all proceeds go directly to benefit Sion’s wife and children.

Sion Milosky Memorial Fund

The Pelican Rescue Team – Camille Chidiac

Picture The Pelican Rescue Team is a group of volunteers whose primary goal is to rescue ill or injured pelicans and other marine birds, provide a second chance by rehabilitating them, with the ultimate goal being to release them back into their natural habitat. Founded by Zoli Teglas in 2009, the Pelican Rescue Team also strives to provide our local community with education about the effects of pollution and recreational/commercial fishing on seabirds. This is another local organization I’m very thankful for and am pleased to support.

Please visit the Pelican Rescue Team website for more information, and to support this great cause.

The Grameen Foundation – Camille Chidiac

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Grameen Foundation provides microfinance institutions (MFIs) in poor communities with access to the capital they need to make micro-loans to those working to develop or expand a small business. In many of the poorest regions in the world, micro-business creation is the only way for families to escape poverty and build a better future for their children. Besides being a brilliant and well-executed idea, I’m all about empowering entrepreneurial people, and this sort of investment just plain makes sense.

To learn more about this great organization, or to donate please visit the Grameen Foundation website

Dress For Success – Camille Chidiac

Picture I support Dress for Success, a nonprofit that empowers disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since the organization’s founding in 1997, Dress for Success has served more than 550,000 women around the world. Each year Dress for Success helps more than 50,000 women in the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands, Mexico, Poland and the West Indies.

To support Dress for success, more information can be found here: Dress for Success

Refugee Relief Fundraiser Hosted in Nations Capital – Camille Chidiac

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On June 22nd, philanthropists and concerned citizens from around the country met in Washington, DC to raise much-needed funds for refugee relief. Philanthropist and former refugee Hamed Wardak made sure the event did not disappoint. DJ Julian Ingrosso of Miami’s Mynt Lounge and Jason Vernau, Resident DJ at Set, Shore Club, and Fontainebleau were flown in specially, and the W Hotel’s rooftop, POV, was appropriately transformed into a spectacularly sheek Miami-style night club for the occasion.

Notable guests included UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, International Center on Non-Violent Conflict Chairman Peter Ackerman, philanthropist and co-owner of Leonie Industries Camille Chidiac, Representative of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to the United States Qubad Talabany, and DC socialite Katherine Kennedy.

All proceeds collected were donated to the United Nations Refugee Agency.

Press coverage of the event can be found here: Washington Life: Miami Comes to DC. *** The Venue POV at the W Hotel 515 15th Street, Northwest Washington D.C. *** Featured Sponsors

  • Washington Life
  • Patton Boggs LLP
  • Tethys Petroleum
  • Fashion Washington
  • Gryphon Partners

*** About United States Association for UNHCR Established by concerned U.S. citizens to raise awareness and funds for the UN Refugee Agency, USA for UNHCR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.  USA for UNHCR supports the UN Refugee Agency’s humanitarian work to protect and assist refugees around the world. The UN Refugee Agency – a two-time Nobel Peace Prize winner – provides protection, shelter, emergency food, water, medical care and other life-saving assistance to more than 36 million people worldwide, who have been forced to flee their homes due to war and persecution. When possible, the UN Refugee Agency helps refugees and other displaced people return to their homes voluntarily, safely, and with dignity.

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