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Honoring this year’s Outstanding Arab American Philanthropists of the Year, Michael and Hoda Kardoush

Event Information:
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2024 at 6 pm
Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Ln, Houston, TX 77027

The evening will include a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner and a classical Arabic musical entertainment program. Suggested dress is semi-formal.


Michael and Hoda Kardoush embody a remarkable journey of resilience and achievement. As a member of the Nakba generation who experienced the forced displacement of Palestinians, Michael’s journey took him around the world, eventually leading to his marriage to Hoda, who is from Cairo, Egypt. They eventually moved to the United States, where they welcomed their two sons, Mark and Paul.

The Kardoushs have dedicated their lives to cultivating community around giving, promoting appreciation for Arab culture and helping underserved people realize their ambitions, particularly when it comes to educational causes.  

Hoda chaired the first gala for the Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC), which generated the seed money for the organization to grow and thrive.

Rooted in their commitment to nurturing opportunities for bright minds, the Kardoushs are involved with and support the Leonard Education Organization (LEO), which assists Palestinians with their educational journeys. In memory of their late son, Paul, they created and endowed a speaker series at the University of Houston, hosting enriching discussions on pressing issues related to the Arab world.  

The Kardoushs’ involvement and support for the National Arab Orchestra (NAO) brings the rich heritage of Arabic music to communities across the United States and beyond. 

In addition to their inspirational philanthropy, the couple worked tirelessly to achieve their dreams in the U.S. Michael built a dynamic engineering career, eventually becoming a private consultant in oil and gas exploration. Hoda began her successful banking career at Price Waterhouse and eventually pursued her life-long goal of obtaining a college degree at the age of 52. Together, they jointly ventured into the Chinese economy, establishing advanced manufacturing factories and an international marketing network. 

Please join us in celebrating Michael and Hoda’s transformational giving and uplifting the power or Arab American philanthropy at CAAP’s Threads of Giving Gala.


The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP), a national institution of ACCESS, is a national community foundation with the objective to unite and empower the Arab American community by demonstrating the impact of giving together. CAAP improves communities through grantmaking, serves donors by providing smart charitable giving tools, and shapes perceptions about Arab Americans by highlighting their exceptional contributions to society.

Proceeds from this year’s Threads of Giving Gala will support CAAP’s mission to improve communities through grant-making by supporting Arab American human services and arts & culture organizations across the country.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:


Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Hoda Kardoush




For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria for a discounted rate of $169 per night Sept. 27 and Sept. 28. The deadline to book is Sept. 6, 2024. Click here to make your reservation.