The ambassador recognized several notable medical organizations, including the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Mayo Clinic, and Mercy Hospital Joplin. Educational institutions recognized at the reception included Joplin Schools, Fight For Children, and Everybody Wins! DC. Ambassador Al Otaiba thanked each of the organizations for their continued hard work and dedication to philanthropic causes. Also recognized at the reception was the UAE-based charity the Takatof Programme for Social Volunteering, whose work during the rebuilding efforts following the Joplin, Missouri, tornado in 2011 reflected the growing sense of community and mutual respect between the UAE and the U.S.