The family of Dover restaurant owner Amer Fakhoury, who died last August just months after he was released by Hezbollah in Lebanon, is planning a benefit concert for families of hostages.

Fakhoury was 57 years old when he died of lymphoma at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

The photo above is of Fakhoury in his native Lebanon. He was on a family vacation in September of 2019 when he was taken into custody and accused of being a senior warden at the Khiam Prison in the 1980s and 1990s.

Fakhoury's four daughters started a foundation after his death to help families of hostages and people being illegally detained overseas.

File Photo by Kimberley Haas
File Photo by Kimberley Haas

They have a Hostage Spotlight section on their webpage. It currently features Paul Rusesabagina, a former hotel manager who housed and saved the lives of over 1,200 people in 1994 during the Rwandan genocide.

He is now fighting for his life in his home country of Rwanda.

Rusesabagina is a U.S permanent resident as well as a Belgium citizen who rose to fame after being honored by the movie “Hotel Rwanda” for risking his own life to protect the lives of many others, according to the spotlight.

The foundation works with Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs and the State Department to fight injustice and be a voice for the illegally detained in the world, according to Guila Fakhoury.

"When our father was illegally detained, we suffered financially and had to use all our savings to stay afloat. We know families of hostages go through similar situations, especially if the hostage happened to be the breadwinner," Guila Fakhoury said.

Guila Fakhoury said the foundation has helped four families so far, both financially and emotionally.

The Fakhoury sisters (Courtesy Photo)
The Fakhoury sisters (Courtesy Photo)

The concert will be held on Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Henry Law Park in Dover.

There will be live bands playing at the pavilion and prizes.

The family's restaurant, Little Lebanon to Go on Central Avenue in Dover, will be a sponsor of the event.

Other restaurant sponsors include Tucker's, Bertucci's and The Farm Bar & Grille.

Prizes will include an item from Ross Furniture.

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