Ms. Hirsi Ali will be recognized on Saturday, Nov. 22 at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino
LAS VEGAS – June 17, 2014 – The Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus will honor activist, writer and politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali at the 10th Annual In Pursuit of Excellence Gala on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 6:30pm at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali will be honored with the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson In Pursuit of Excellence Award for her political activism and dedication to human rights.  Ms. Hirsi Ali is the founder of the AHA Foundation, which works to protect and defend the rights of women and girls in the United States from harmful traditional religious and cultural practices such as honor violence, forced marriages and female genital mutilation.  She is the recipient of several awards including the Moral Courage Award for her commitment to conflict resolution, ethics and world citizenship. In 2005, Ms. Hirsi Ali was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. She is a fellow of numerous prestigious and world-renowned institutes including the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Ms. Hirsi Ali is also an acclaimed author. Her most notable books include a compilation of essays called The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam and an autobiography entitled Infidel.
“As an activist, author and politician, we are pleased to award Ayaan Hirsi Ali with the Pursuit of Excellence Award,” said Paul Schiffman, Head of School of Adelson Educational Campus.  “Ms. Hirsi Ali’s remarkable global leadership and passion for women’s rights is truly inspirational and we are proud to present her with our highest honor.”
This award was created by Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson and the Adelson Educational Campus to acknowledge leading global philanthropists and humanitarians. The award aims to recognize and thank those that inspire others through global leadership, high moral standards, commitment to future generations and tireless efforts on behalf of humanity. Previous Pursuit of Excellence Award recipients include: Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson, Toni and Victor Chaltiel, Milton I. Schwartz, Beverly and Jim Rogers, Faye and Dr. Leon Steinberg, Sandy and Paul Schiffman, Natan Sharansky, Professor Alan Dershowitz, Dr. Aaron Ciechanover and Professor Elie Wiesel.
For more information on the award or event please visit or contact Davida Sims, Director of Development at (702) 515-8203.

About The Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus
The mission of The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus is to instruct and inspire new generations of students who will draw strength from a rich Jewish heritage and use their knowledge, values and vision to fulfill their own potential, and build a better world. Adelson Educational Campus was originally founded in 1980 and now educates children from 18 months through 12th grade. Adelson Educational Campus accepts students of all faiths and affiliations and offers a drug-free commitment to its students and faculty.  Adelson Educational Campus is located at 9700 West Hillpointe Road in Summerlin. For more information please call (702) 255-4500 or visit or Facebook/Adelson Campus