Four Local Cities Proclaim Capital Region Immigrants’ Day

Declarations coincide with The Immigrants’ Ball: Celebrating the American Dream at Proctors, Sunday, Aug. 18

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—AUG. 15, 2019—The mayors of the four anchor cities of the Capital Region will proclaim Sunday, Aug. 18, Capital Region Immigrants’ Day in their individual municipalities.

Mayors Meg Kelly (Saratoga Springs), Patrick Madden (Troy), Gary R. McCarthy (Schenectady) and Kathy Sheehan (Albany) have all, or will, set their hand to proclamations, which coincide with The Immigrants’ Ball: Celebrating the American Dream at Proctors—an evening dedicated to showcasing new Americans whose courage, hard work, resilience and sacrifice have shaped our community.

“Aren’t we all immigrants?” asked Proctors Collaborative CEO Philip Morris in a Daily Gazette op-ed earlier this month. “Whether the son, the daughter, the grandchild or great grandchild, we are nearly all from foreign soil. This diversity has made us, and continues to make us, strong.”

Honorees at the event include:

Oluwaseun (Seun) A. Adetayo MD, FACS, FAAP (Albany Medical Center) Nigeria

Vikash & Vikram Agrawal (Levrx Technology Inc.) India

Guha V. Bala and Karthik V. Bala (Velan Ventures) India

Isabel Lim Byon (NewsChannel 13 WNYT) South Korea

Muhsin Celik (Global Foundries) Turkey

Antonio Civitella (Transfinder) Italy

Rifat Filkins (RISSE) Pakistan

Jorge Gómez (Tiempo Libre & Alta Havana) Cuba

Ruth Mahoney (KeyBank) Ireland

Angelo & Jerry Menagias (Blue Ribbon Family Restaurant) Greece

Jean-Remy Monnay (Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY) Haiti

Steady H. Moono, ED.D. (SUNY Schenectady County Community College) Zambia

Chef Yono Purnomo (Yono’s) Indonesia

Roger A. Ramsammy, Ph.D. (Hudson Valley Community College) Trinidad

Jennifer Clark Rao (Emma Willard School) Mexico

Deryck Singh (Stewart’s Shops) Guyana

Alex J. Tronco (Northwestern Mutual) Italy

Tickets, starting at $150 (held at Will Call), for The Immigrants’ Ball: Celebrating the American Dream, 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, are available at the Box Office at Proctors; by phone at 518.346.6204; and online at Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 with a VIP pre-event cocktail hour.

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