ELLICOTT CITY, MD – On Tuesday, June 4th, FIRN held its Eleventh Annual American Success Awards Gala at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center. The Gala included traditional music from China and Korea, an assortment of international fare, Silent Auction items from all over the world and – most importantly – inspiring stories from FIRN’s clients and award winners!
FIRN’s 2013 American Success Award winners were recognized for their outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality of life of all Howard County citizens. The Award recognizes foreign-born individuals who live or work in Howard County and have made significant contributions to promoting and highlighting not only immigrants’ achievements in the county but fostering a greater awareness of Howard County’s diversity.
Congratulations, again, to FIRN’s 2013 American Success Award Winners:
- Bita Dayhoff, Community Action Council of Howard County
- Min Kim, Howard County Public School System
- Dou “Alvin” Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., Mid-Atlantic Kaiser Permanente Group
In addition to the American Success Awards, each year FIRN also recognizes and honors an individual in our community who not only demonstrates a keen awareness an interest in “Bridging Cultures and Building Communities,” but also has made a significant difference in the lives of the foreign-born in our community through their volunteer and leadership efforts.
Congratulations to FIRN’s 2013 Pat Hatch Awardee, Dr. David Anderson, Founder and Senior Pastor at Bridgeway Community Church.
Our delightfully entertaining emcee, Dick Story, led FIRN’s Board, Staff, Sponsors and over 200 registered guests to celebrate and honor our awardees. Joining in the congratulations were dignitaries, including: Maryland Senator, Jim Robey; Maryland Delegate Guy Guzzone; Howard County School Board Member, Ellen Flynn Giles; Dr. Clarence Lam, Board Chair for the Community Action Council of Howard County; Courtney Samuels, Special Assistant to Senator Barbara Mikulski; and David Lee, Special Assistant to County Executive Ken Ulman. Additionally, many of our elected officials sent congratulatory messages to FIRN and Awardees which we share below with photos from the event.
“For over 30 years the Foreign-born Information and Referral Network has been a valuable resource in Maryland, reinvigorating the American Dream by helping prepare Howard County’s newest community members for success.” - Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.
“Today we honor foreign-born residents of Howard County who have achieved success in their professions and made significant contributions to the community… Again, I congratulate you all on this occasion and wish all gathered continued progress in years to come.” – The Honorable John P. Sarbanes (U.S. House of Representatives)
“Tonight’s awards acknowledge that the American dream and the American spirit are alive among those who come to our land of opportunity from around the world. These local honorees have embraced that spirit and made meaningful contributions to help our diverse community thrive.” – Howard County Executive Ken Ulman
We are grateful to all who came out to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of our awardees!