On May 4, 2013, FIRN, in partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, Howard County Government, the Col Thomas Dorsey Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Howard Community College co-hosted a very Special Naturalization Ceremony.
The ceremony took place in the Benjamin Banneker Room of the George Howard Building in Ellicott City, Maryland and can be viewed at the following site:
We welcomed 39 New Americans and their families from the following countries: Burma, Cameroon, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Korea, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.
Watch our new U.S. Citizen neighbors as they take the Oath of Allegiance: Oath, presentation of Certificates, and the Pledge of Allegiance
Delany Salazar, who was sworn in as a U.S. Citizen during the Special Ceremony, talks about the meaning and importance of becoming a citizen of the United States: Delany Salazar, New U.S. Citizen
We were honored to contribute to this very special ceremony in celebration of our New Americans and their families. We know the journey can be long and challenging – we were so pleased to help to organize an event that acknowledges this journey!
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PLEASE JOIN US FOR A CULTURAL EVENING OF FOOD, MUSIC AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AS WE HONOR THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF HOWARD COUNTY’S FOREIGN-BORN COMMUNITY AND EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE!
June 4, 2013
Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center
2700 Turf Valley Road
Ellicott City, Maryland 21042
FIRN’s American Success 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.
FIRN’s 2013 American Success Award Winners Are:
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
Please see our ASA Press Release for more detail: ASA 2013 Press Release
The Pat Hatch Award recognizes and honors an individual in our community who not only demonstrates a keen awareness and interest in “Bridging Cultures and Building Community”, but also has made a significant difference in the lives of the foreign-born in our community through their volunteer and leadership efforts.
FIRN’s 2013 Pat Hatch Award Winner is Dr. David Anderson, Founder and Senior Pastor of Bridgeway Community Church
Please see our Press Release for more detail: Pat Hatch Award Press Release 2013
The evening also includes a silent auction that will showcase a variety of items ranging from unique artwork to luxurious spa services generously donated by Howard County businesses and supporters. Proceeds from the auction will help provide core funding for FIRN programs and services.
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