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Iraq refugee speaks out for all humanity in Houston: And heavyweights step up for the cause

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Shaista Bashir, from left, Tehmina Masud and Monira Kundi at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
Shaista Bashir, from left, Tehmina Masud and Monira Kundi at the Interfaith Ministries "For All Humanity" luncheon. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
George Stark, from left, Jay Harberg and J. Kent Friedman at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
George Stark, from left, Jay Harberg and J. Kent Friedman at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Bill Helms, from left, Paula Sutton, Charles Foster and Eduardo Aguirre at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
Bill Helms, from left, Paula Sutton, Charles Foster and Eduardo Aguirre Jr. at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Naureen Malik, left, Maha Khan at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
Naureen Malik, left, Maha Khan at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Lisa Malosky and Michael Anderson at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
Lisa Malosky and Michael Anderson at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Fatima Mawji and Arthur Schechter at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
Fatima Mawji and Arthur Schechter at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Anne Whitlock, left, and Shazma Matin at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
Anne Whitlock, left, and Shazma Matin at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Diana Untermeyer, from left, Barbara VanPostman, Susan Boggio and Sidney Faust at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
Diana Untermeyer, from left, Barbara Van Postman, Susan Boggio and Sidney Faust at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Ruchi Mukherjee, from left, Kim Padgett and Catrina Cron at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
Ruchi Mukherjee, from left, Kim Padgett and Catarina Cron at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Crowd at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
The crowd at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Shaista Bashir, from left, Tehmina Masud and Monira Kundi at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
George Stark, from left, Jay Harberg and J. Kent Friedman at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
Bill Helms, from left, Paula Sutton, Charles Foster and Eduardo Aguirre at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
Naureen Malik, left, Maha Khan at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
Lisa Malosky and Michael Anderson at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
Fatima Mawji and Arthur Schechter at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
Anne Whitlock, left, and Shazma Matin at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
Diana Untermeyer, from left, Barbara VanPostman, Susan Boggio and Sidney Faust at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
Ruchi Mukherjee, from left, Kim Padgett and Catrina Cron at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014
Crowd at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon January 2014

What: Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston "For All Humanity" luncheon.

Where: At the Junior League of Houston. 

The 411: Cuban refugee and former U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, Eduardo Aguirre Jr. was honored at the event chaired by BBVA Compass chairman Manolo Sánchez with Alan Crain and Charles Foster serving as honorary chairs. More than $125,000 was raised for the ministries' refugee services department, which resettles refugees from around the world. Ministries president and CEO Elliot Gershenson was presented with the FBI's Community Leadership Award by Assist. Special Agent in Charge Michael Anderson.

That award is given for individuals and organizations that make a positive impact in the community. Lisa Malosky served as emcee of the luncheon that featured Iraq refugee Asinja Badeel as guest speaker.

Who: Among the 300 guests were Lois and George Stark, Diana Untermeyer, Susan Boggio, Arthur Schechter, Sidney Faust, J. Kent Friedman, Barbara Van Postman, Gordon Quan and Bill Helms.

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