FIFTH ANNUAL IMMIGRANT HERITAGE MONTH KICKS OFF NATIONWIDE CELEBRATION

WASHINGTON, DC – Today marks the start of Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM), a nationwide effort to celebrate immigrants and share inspirational stories of immigration in America. Now in its fifth year, IHM is an opportunity for Americans to celebrate the countless contributions immigrants have made and continue to make to the United States, and to reflect on their family’s heritage.

This year, IHM is bringing interactive #CelebrateImmigrants experiences to diverse neighborhoods across the country, featuring public art installations and a blend of cultural performances, custom t-shirts, and appearances by public officials. The first event kicks off June 5 in our nation’s capital. Other events will be held throughout the month of June in ChicagoAtlanta, San Diego, Houston and Salt Lake City.

Also new to IHM in 2018 is a star-studded video featuring celebrities in film and entertainment — including Bellamy Young (Scandal), Javier Muñoz (Hamilton), Shannon Woodward (Westworld) and Matt McGorry (Orange Is The New BlackHow to Get Away with Murder) — as they reflect on their family’s immigrant heritage.

“I think standing with immigrants means I’m standing for hope, for the future, for authenticity and for not having to sacrifice where you came from for where you are now,” said Broadway star Ana Villafañe, known for portraying pop icon Gloria Estefan in the musical On Your Feet!.

Westworld actress Shannon Woodward noted that immigrants are part of the fabric of the United States, adding that “to be an immigrant in this country is to be an American.”

Governors and mayors from 34 states have already issued 152 proclamations officially declaring June as Immigrant Heritage Month in their jurisdictions, including Governors Brian Sandoval of NevadaTom Wolf of PennsylvaniaHenry McMaster of South CarolinaGina Raimondo of Rhode Island and Rick Snyder of Michigan. Additional proclamations are expected throughout the month from all 50 states.

Since its launch in 2014, Immigrant Heritage Month has grown into a powerful, impactful celebration of millions of individuals’ heritage as immigrants. Last year, hundreds of artists, entertainers and elected officials representing all 50 states, and more than 540 companies and nonprofit partners, came together to celebrate IHM 2017 – leading to over half a billion impressions on social media in June alone, and more than dozens of IHM-linked events held around the country.

IHM 2017 participants included famed fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, Postmates CEO Bastian LehmannPaypal Co-Founder Max LevchinAmerica FerreraBellamy YoungGeorge Takei, Paul WesleyMatt McGorryDebra MessingChristina MilianRussell SimmonsAna VillafaneMinka KellyIlana GlazerJack FalaheeTara StrongPiper PeraboJavier MunozDwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Phoebe Tonkin.

The campaign’s popularity is a testament to the rapidly growing grassroots support for immigrant communities and their significance to the social, cultural and economic fabric of the United States. For more information or to join an Immigrant Heritage Month celebration in your community, visit www.iamanimmigrant.com.

-from press release – Iamanimmigrant.com

North Texas Immigrant Leaders To Be Honored At 2018 Immigrant Journey Awards

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For the seventh year in a row, the Immigrant Journey Awards will be spotlighting DFW’s most influential immigrants. With numerous award nomination submissions for 2018, presenting sponsor and Dallas law firm Scheef & Stone LLP is excited to announce the program finalists.

Started back in 2011 by attorney Ann Badmus, the Immigrant Journey Awards are known for giving credit where credit is due when it comes to immigrant achievements and contributions to North Texas and the nation. Through various award categories, such as Immigrant Entrepreneur, Immigrant Professional Excellence, Immigrant Spirit, and Immigrant Advocate, the program recognizes incredible contributions from the immigrant community to the civic and economic vitality of the region.

“There’s no question that immigrants are vital to the community, business, and the future of this country, so we are pleased to see the list of finalists for this year’s ceremony. We are honored to recognize their achievements during June’s Immigrant Heritage Month,” said Ann Massey Badmus, immigration partner and awards program chair.

Finalists represent a broad scope of immigrants living in North Texas communities with roots in places like India, Nigeria, Philippines, Mexico, Ukraine,  Argentina,  Colombia, Congo, and Pakistan.

This year’s finalists are Adebayo Adeleke, Akash Patel, Alex  Idrees, Alia Adkins-Derrick, Andrea Pedraza, Aradhana Asava, Cynthia Nwaubani, Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, Graciela Katzer, Guadalupe Mora, Joel Betancourth, Lenita Dunlap, Leonid Regheta, Lupita Colmenero,  Mani Raveendran,  Mary Domínguez-Santini, Mary Turner, Muruga  Manickavelu, Pablo DeLeon, Raj Asava, Ron Bultongez, and Susie Jennings.

These spirited and exceptional advocates and entrepreneurs will be honored, and the award winners will be announced on June 15, 2018, at the Immigrant Journey Awards Gala at 6:30 p.m. at the Clubs at Prestonwood in Dallas.  This year, the keynote speaker will be one of last year’s winners, Gauthami Vemula, who was born in Andhra Pradesh, India. She is Founder and Managing Partner of Color Me Safe, LLC, a family crisis consulting firm committed to protecting families of North Texas by offering guidance and solutions for child welfare and protection issues.

The awards gala serves as a great opportunity to meet notable immigrant individuals who have demonstrated leadership in business or in the civic arena, as well as individuals and organizations that advocate for immigrant communities. Attendees also have the chance to network with business owners, professionals, representatives of members of Congress, international dignitaries, local civic leaders and representatives, and the media.

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Tickets can be purchased at http://www.immigrantjourney.org.

Call for Nominations for 2018 Immigrant Journey Awards

About-Page-Nominate-Now-Button-2013Shining a spotlight on immigrant achievements and contributions in North Texas, Scheef &  Stone, LLP and sponsors seek nominations for the 2018 Immigrant Journey Awards.  This awards program celebrate its 7th anniversary by continuing to honor immigrants in four categories:

Immigrant Entrepreneur Award

 

In recognition of an immigrant business owner who has founded a highly successful business in North Texas and who serves as a model and inspiration of success.
Immigrant Professional Excellence Award  In recognition of an immigrant who has demonstrated significant professional achievements in their field and whose advancements in their field have a positive impact their profession or community.
Immigrant Spirit Award In recognition of  an immigrant civic leader or elected official who has contributed substantially to the community or the region.
Immigrant Advocate Award

 

In recognition of an individual or organization making positive impact on the lives of immigrants, as an advocate.  Nominee may be an individual, an organization, a business, a governmental or community entity, or a non-profit organization.

The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 30, 2018.

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Betty Manetta Announced as Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Immigrant Journey Awards Gala

We are so excited that 2016 immigrant entrepreneur award winner, Betty Manetta, will be our keynote speaker. Betty heads two of the top 10 Hispanic-owned businesses in north Texas. Her companies, Argent Associates and Asociar, generate over $300 million in annual revenues. Don’t miss hearing her inspiring story! Join us on June 16 for the Immigrant Journey Awards Gala.

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Beatriz “Betty” Manetta

 

Outstanding North Texas Leaders Receive Immigrant Journey Awards

Immigrant Journey Awards Awarded to Outstanding North Texas Immigrants
Scheef & Stone Spotlights Positive Immigrant Achievements

_33D0728The Immigrant Journey Awards, an awards ceremony aimed at placing a spotlight on immigrant achievements and contributions to North Texas and the nation, held its annual Awards luncheon on Friday June 10, 2016.  Awards were given to recognize this year’s most important contributors from the immigrant community to the civic and economic vitality of North Texas. Proceeds from the event are used to benefit the American Dream Scholarship for immigrant or first-generation American high school seniors in North Texas.

Emmy award-winning journalist Rebecca Aguilar served as the master of ceremonies and kept the crowd of approximately 120 attendees entertained.  Guests included local dignitaries such as the Honorary Consul of the Consulate of Ecuador, Honorable Ricardo Miguel Bowen and a representative from the congressional office of Marc Veasey.  Award finalists also received congratulatory letters from the congressional offices of Eddie Bernice Johnson and Marc Veasey.

Now in its fifth year, the Immigrant Journey Awards program has become a staple event in North Texas shining a light on immigrant citizens who have made positive contributions in their respective fields and communities.  The program, sponsored by Scheef & Stone LLP, was the brainchild of Ann Massey Badmus, Partner at Scheef & Stone.

“Immigrants make important positive contributions in every facet of life, from the business world to the public square,” said Badmus.  “We see these annual awards as a way to celebrate all of those contributions and advocate immigrants throughout North Texas and beyond.”

Award candidate nominations include entrepreneurs, advocates, civic leaders and individuals who have made substantial professional achievements in their field.  Finalists are awarded in the categories of Immigrant Entrepreneur, Immigrant Professional Excellence, Immigrant Spirit and Immigrant Advocate; there is typically more than one award winner in each category.  Of the many nominations received, nine winners were recognized and they represent a broad scope of immigrants living in North Texas communities with roots in countries including Pakistan, Argentina, Iran, India, and Ethiopia.

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Call for Nominations for 2016 Immigrant Journey Awards

About-Page-Nominate-Now-Button-2013Shining a spotlight on immigrant achievements and contributions in North Texas, Cowles & Thompson, PC and sponsors seek nominations for the 2016 Immigrant Journey Awards.  This awards program celebrate its 5th anniversary by continuing to honor immigrants in four categories:

Immigrant Entrepreneur Award

 

In recognition of an immigrant business owner who has founded a highly successful business in North Texas and who serves as a model and inspiration of success.
Immigrant Professional Excellence Award  In recognition of an immigrant who has demonstrated significant professional achievements in their field and whose advancements in their field have a positive impact their profession or community.
Immigrant Spirit Award In recognition of  an immigrant civic leader or elected official who has contributed substantially to the community or the region.
Immigrant Advocate Award

 

In recognition of an individual or organization making positive impact on the lives of immigrants, as an advocate.  Nominee may be an individual, an organization, a business, a governmental or community entity, or a non-profit organization.

The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 15, 2016.

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