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A Benefit in Support of Recovery Efforts through the Lebanese American University Medical Centers

“From Peoria to Lebanon," a unique multitiered benefit and an unprecedented partnership between organizations in Peoria, Illinois, New York City and Beirut, deploys the healing power of the arts to provide much needed medical relief through the Lebanese American University Medical Centers for those affected in the continuing aftermath of the Beirut port explosion.

Download Event Flyer HERE (PDF)


ART EXHIBITION  |  Leading Artists of Beirut

November 30, 2021 through January 9, 2022

Peoria Riverfront Museum

FREE & Open to the Public!


CONCERT  |  Renowned Pianist Dr. Tony Karam

Sunday, December 19, 2021 | 2:30PM

Scottish Rite Theatre

PROGRAM click here (PDF)


ART AUCTION  |  Leading Artists of Beirut

December 15 through December 22, 2021

No Reserve! Minimum bid $100! Values up to $15,000!




OPEN HOUSE  |  Meet the Artists!

Saturday, December 18, 4:30-6:30PM 

Gilmore Auditorium, Peoria Riverfront Museum (1st Floor)

Visiting artists: pianist Dr. Tony Karam; emerging artists Wissam Melhem, Lina Husseini & Dr. Nicolas Baaklini; painter Zeina Nader, benefit cover artist; and photographer Fadia Ahmad, director of “Beirut: The Aftermath.”


SCREENING  | “Beirut: The Aftermath"

Acclaimed Documentary by Fadia Ahmad

November 30 - January 9 | Tuesdays at 4PM

Fri, Dec 3 & Sat, Dec 11 at 2PM

Giant Screen Theater, Peoria Riverfront Museum

Tickets & Info | click here


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We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of all of our "From Peoria to Lebanon" volunteers & donors, while recognizing the support of our major sponsors.

Tim & Dr. Michele Couri

Dr. Floyd J. & Jenelle Rashid Families


Representative Darin LaHood

Dr. Joe & Linda Couri

The David Joseph Family

Dick & Patty LaHood

Itoo Society

Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC)

Terra Engineering (George & Diana Ghareeb)

UnityPoint Health

OSF HealthCare


A Letter from Honorary Chair Michele A. Couri, MD

In December, Peoria will make history, and we invite you to be a vital part of this incredible opportunity offering help and hope to those most in need.

On August 4, 2020, the entire world witnessed the devastating explosion in the port of Beirut that caused unfathomable loss of life, permanent injuries and widespread homelessness to the Lebanese people. As a proud and humble Peorian and Lebanese American, I am honored to share an event that will change lives through the healing power of the arts.

Mark your calendars now for the weekend of December 18 and 19, when the Peoria Riverfront Museum and the Scottish Rite Cathedral in partnership with the Lebanese American University bring art and music to Peoria like it has never seen before. An art exhibition and auction of the leading contemporary artists of Lebanon along with a piano concert on Peoria’s own grand concert Steinway piano by the distinguished Dr. Tony Karam, a Lebanese American physician and pianist, will provide an opportunity to fund medical relief efforts in Lebanon.

We need your help. You know the importance of art and music in our lives, but never has it been more needed to make a difference to those suffering. Will you join us in this effort by being one of our charitable Sponsors or by making a generous donation of $250, $500, $1,000 or whatever you can afford today?

All funds raised will support the vital services that the Lebanese American University Medical Center Hospital and Medical School are providing to the community during this very dark time in Lebanon.

Please help us with this incredibly important humanitarian event. Your support will never be forgotten!



PRESS RELEASE | click here (PDF)


A benefit for Lebanese American University Medical Centers, presented by Scottish Rite Theatre & Peoria Riverfront Museum with support from Itoo (Aytou) Society. Proceeds from this event will benefit relief efforts through the Lebanese American University, a qualified U.S. 501(c)(3).

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