Badmus & Associates Celebrates Welcoming Week by “Creating Home Together”

This week, Badmus & Associates celebrates Welcoming Week by hosting the 2020 Immigrant Journey Awards as a way of “creating home together” and fostering a sense of belonging in communities around the world.

“In celebration of Welcoming Week, we are excited to spotlight outstanding immigrant achievements once again as we continue to celebrate the diversity of North Texas and our nation, honor exceptional immigrants and their advocates, and  award scholarships to outstanding immigrant or first generation American high school seniors,” said Ann Massey Badmus, founder of Badmus & Associates and the Immigrant Journey Awards.

The Immigrant Entrepreneur Award is for an individual who has built a highly successful North Texas business and sets an example for other motivated entrepreneurs locally and in the nation. Immigrants who have made remarkable strides in a professional field are eligible for the Immigrant Professional Excellence​ Award, while the Immigrant Spirit Award recognizes an individual who has contributed substantially to the well-being of the entire community or region. Lastly, the Immigrant Advocate Award goes to an individual, organization, business or government entity that has made a powerful and positive impact on the welfare of immigrants via public advocacy.

This year’s award winners are Adan Gonzalez, Mohammed Farshori, Dr. Feshaha Gebrehiwot, Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk, Veronica Sauto, Sudip Adhikari, Nehme William Elbitar, and Anslem Oshionebo. Under the theme of “Creating Home Together”, Badmus & Associates and sponsors will host the Immigrant journey Awards on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  This virtual event will broadcast on Zoom and Facebook Live. Free tickets are available at


“Welcoming Week is a time to not only celebrate the values of equality and belonging, but to bring our communities together to live them in practice,” said Rachel Peric, Executive Director of Welcoming America. “In places large and small, rural and urban, thousands of local leaders remind us of what is possible when we make it our priority to create a sense of home for every member of our community, so that all of us can be healthy, participate, and thrive.”

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Welcoming Week will look different this year, with many communities opting to host virtual events and increasing engagement on social media. To see a full list of events around the world, visit Organizations, local governments, and individuals are encouraged to participate however they can.

About Welcoming Week

Welcoming Week is an annual celebration bringing together people in local communities to build unity and a sense of belonging for new and long-time residents. In 2020, Welcoming Week takes place September 12-20 under the theme of “Creating Home Together”. Learn more at #WelcomingWeek

About Welcoming America

Welcoming America leads a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone feel like they belong. We believe that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors and vital to the success of our communities and shared future. Launched in 2009, Welcoming America has spurred a growing movement across the United States, with one in every eight Americans living in a welcoming place. Learn more at

Contact Information

Local Contact:

Ann Massey Badmus,, 214-494-8033

Welcoming America:

Lola Pak, Director of Communications,, 470-236-0129


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