Immigrant Journey Awards Awarded to Outstanding North Texas Immigrants
Scheef & Stone Spotlights Positive Immigrant Achievements
The 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 commendations from the congressional office of Eddie Bernice Johnson.
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.