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Joumana Kayrouz honored for support of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Prominent attorney Joumana Kayrouz was honored Thursday at the 50th Annual Gala Banquet hosted by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for her support of the organization’s mission.
Kayrouz, who is of Lebanese American heritage, was recognized as a “Presenting Sponsor” for her generous donation of $50,000 to the organization which was founded in 1962 by the late Hollywood actor Danny Thomas.
Thomas was born in 1912 in Deerfield, Michigan, to Maronite Catholic immigrants from Lebanon, Charles Yakhoob Kairouz and his wife Margaret Taouk. When he first entered acting, Thomas vowed that if he succeeded in Hollywood, he would open a shrine dedicated to St. Jude, which he did in 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee.
“Danny Thomas is a role model for every American, whether they are immigrants or whether they are born in this country of immigrant parents or grandparents, who came here to embrace opportunity,” Ms. Kayrouz said.
“Not only did he succeed in this country reaching great heights as an iconic American actor in Hollywood and on television with the popular Make Room for Daddy TV series, but he also took it one step further by taking his success and using it to help others.”
Ms. Kayrouz said that building St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital which helps so many children in need is one of the most significant accomplishments of any American Arab in this country.
“I am very proud and honored that I can follow in his footsteps and use my own success to help others, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” she said.”
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries.
Ms. Kayrouz is the owner of the Michigan Center for Personal Injury and the Law Offices of Joumana Kayrouz. As one of the most recognized attorneys in Michigan, and only woman attorney to own a major personal-injury law firm in Michigan, Ms. Kayrouz has served as a pioneer in her field, as she has effectively broken down barriers to reach out to those in need of her services, thus growing an immensely successful enterprise.
Kayrouz has received many recognitions for her community leadership and professional achievements as a lawyer. She was named a “Top Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 by members of the Michigan Legal Industry. Ms. Kayrouz also received the prestigious 2012 American Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) “Economic Bridge Builder of the Year Award” at their 20th Annual Banquet celebration.
In 2010 Ms. Kayrouz received the Trailblazer Award from the Lebanese American Club of Michigan (LACOM) during their 15th Annual dinner for her achievements in the legal field.
For more information, visit www.JoumanaKayrouz.com.