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Helping Hands Society Legacy Award Luncheon
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4/25/2018
When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
11:30 a.m- 2 p.m.
Where: Congressional Country Club
8500 River Road
Bethesda, Maryland 
United States


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Ninth Annual Legacy Awards Luncheon

Join us to: 

  • Announce and celebrate our 2018 Legacy Award winner
  • Recognize and honor our sponsors and donors
  • Honor our charity partners
  • Be inspired by keynote speaker, Rais Bhuiyan

 

The Transformational Power of Forgiveness: A Conversation with 9/11 Hate Crime Survivor Rais Bhuiyan

Rais Bhuiyan, an American Muslim, is an extraordinary individual with a powerful story. After serving as a pilot officer in the Bangladesh air force, Rais moved to the United States in 1999 to study computer technology. Ten days after 9/11, Rais was the victim of a horrific hate crime. Shot in the face at point blank range by white supremacist, Mark Stroman, Rais barely survived. Sadly, two others were killed. Stroman was sentenced to death; ten years later, Rais led an international campaign, fighting to save Stroman’s life.


Rais’ near death experience and subsequent religious pilgrimage sparked a profound journey of soul searching and began his path as a human rights activist for peace, forgiveness, empathy and understanding. Rais’ effort to save Stroman from execution in 2011 was unsuccessful, but his ability to turn hate into compassion and forgive the unforgivable has been transformative. Through his non-profit, World Without Hate, Rais has touched the lives of more than 175,000 people as he shares his inspirational story and message at schools, universities, organizations and conferences all over the world.