The 4th annual American Dream Awards Gala, hosted by Tribuna Newspaper and The New American Dream Foundation, raised $10,000 for scholarships. The event in Danbury on Saturday also paid tribute to Attorney Americo Ventura, who passed away this month. He was the 2015 American Dream Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
$15,000 raised from ticket sales will go towards Mission Health Day, a day of free health screenings and other community services for the uninsured and the income challenged. The event will be hosted by Western Connecticut Health Network and Western Connecticut State University, on October 28 from 9am-3pm at the Bill Williams Gym at the WCSU downtown campus.
The 2017 winners of the $2,000 award are:
Person of the Year
Alvaro Tovar of Danbury, CT
Students of the Year:
Zaida Coraizaca of Danbury, CT
Hilary Albarracin of Danbury, CT
Kittikorn Sathong of Danbury, CT
Veteran's Award winner:
Paulo Barros of Norwalk, CT
The American Dream Leadership Awards recognized those who have taken the lead in the immigrant community in supporting its members, with focus on the areas of health, education, and civic engagement. The winners of the Leadership Award were Honorable Danbury Probate Judge Dianne E. Yamin, Wilson Hernandez, President of Ecuadorian Civic Center of Danbury, and Dina Valenti, Clinic Director of Boehringer Ingelheim AmeriCares Free Clinic of Danbury.