Throughout her life, Abeer has always desired to support others through charitable giving. Dedicated to philanthropy, each season SemSem partners with a different non-profit organization to support disadvantaged women and children throughout the world. SemSem’s philanthropic partners have included Angele.H International, Every Mother Counts, Women for Women International, and The Afya Foundation to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
Outside of SemSem, Abeer engages in a number of philanthropic initiatives with her husband Yousef Al Otaiba. One of the organizations the couple holds dearest is the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Abeer and Yousef co-chaired the Children’s Ball with Bret and Amy Baier, raising $10.9 million – the most successful non-profit fundraiser in Washington, DC. The following year, Children’s National awarded the Al Otaibas the Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Prize in Philanthropy. This award honors families who have provided support after their own personal experience with the hospital.
Amid the outbreak of the coronavirus, the couple also sponsored the first Children’s National drive-up COVID-19 test site. Additionally, the couple funded emergency food assistance programs throughout the United States.
Abeer has also provided support to the Meridian International Center and the Hope for Henry Foundation, of which she is Honorary Chair of the Board of Directors. Hope for Henry offers entertainment and stress relief to pediatric patients. The organization donates games and devices to these patients and arranges special events for them, including visits from favorite characters, celebrities, and sports icons.
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