Proceeds support newly opened Peaceful Oasis domestic violence shelter
Dr. & Mrs. Haroon & Rania Rasheed to be honored with 1st annual Ihsan Award
DALLAS, April 23, 2013—Plano resident Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer and a prominent business leader, will be the keynote speaker at the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation’s Mother’s Day Luncheon on Thursday, May 9, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Renaissance Hotel in Richardson. The luncheon is a fundraiser supporting the organization’s recently opened Peaceful Oasis shelter, which offers shelter and social services to all victims of domestic violence and is the first and only shelter in North Texas to address the specific needs of Muslim women.
This is the second annual Mother’s Day luncheon for Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, which was founded in 2005 by Muslim women to empower, promote and support women and their families through a broad array of social services, youth leadership development, education and outreach. Through these services, the organization acts as an ambassador from the peaceful Muslim community to reach out to and strengthen the diverse North Texas region.
“Anousheh is an exceptional role model for women and girls. She truly lives by Gandhi’s expression, ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world,’ fearlessly and tirelessly working to inspire others to reach for the stars in their own way,” said Hind Jarrah, executive director of the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation. “We are delighted to have her share her remarkable experiences with us at our annual Mother’s Day Luncheon.”
Born in Iran, Ansari immigrated to the United States as a teenager and is a living example the American Dream. An entrepreneur, she is the co-founder of Prodea Systems, a technology company providing products that simplify consumers’ digital lifestyles. In 2006, Ansari fulfilled a childhood dream when she participated in an eight-day expedition aboard the International Space Station, becoming the fourth private citizen to visit space and the first woman to embark on private space travel. Ansari is the founder of The Ahoora Foundation, a nonprofit committed to ensuring the freedom of women around the world and supporting female entrepreneurs.
At the luncheon, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation will also recognize the contributions of Dr. & Mrs. Haroon & Rania Rasheed with the first annual Ihsan Award. “Ihsan” is an Arabic word inferring good deeds and the highest level of excellence. The new award will be given each year to an individual or individuals who embody this concept through exemplary good works that strengthen women and their families. The Rasheeds have established a scholarship program at Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation that enables victims of domestic violence to continue their education.
About the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation
Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded and run by Muslim women to empower, promote and support women and their families—a mission that ultimately creates stronger communities.
Since 2005, the organization has been an ambassador from the peaceful, caring Muslim community, providing social and domestic violence services that foster peace and well-being in the home, mobilizing youth in service and leadership development, educating about topics essential to individual and community welfare and creating understanding through interfaith outreach. For information, visit www.tmwf.org.