This year’s ball was at Union Station and was co-presented by Patrice King Brickman, Marcy Cohen, Jean-Marie Fernandez, Michelle DiFebo Freeman and Kay Kendall. The goal of this event is to bring awareness to Children’s National, whose mission is to advance research and advocacy for children. This ultimately results in providing the best care for this age group.
Ambassador Al Otaiba has previously made strides in healthcare advocacy through the partnership between Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and Abu Dhabi. The Ambassador presented a $50 million gift by the UAE to the Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute in February 2018, which will be opening in both the United States and the UAE. Opening this institute will increase research into the causes and treatments of strokes, benefiting patients of all ages.
Mr. Al Otaiba’s ongoing commitment to healthcare is also evident in past collaborations with the Cleveland Clinic and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The UAE Embassy co-sponsored last year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, hosted in Washington, D.C. At the event, Ambassador Al Otaiba emphasized the UAE’s goal of raising awareness for breast cancer through events like the race.
For Mr. Al Otaiba, attending the 12th Annual Children’s Ball reinforces that improving healthcare is a cause that he and the UAE Embassy will continue to support. The Ambassador is looking forward to similar events in the future that will allow him to invest in his community.