By Celia P. Bacelar
The Tribuna 2016 American Dream Awards (ADA) will be held on May 14, at the Amber Room Colonnade, offering the community the opportunity to nominate someone they feel embodies the spirit of the American Dream and to give back to our local hospital, all within a night of great fun, food and music.
The ADAs are an opportunity for the community to come together and go beyond celebrating the cultural contributions of the new immigrant groups in our community, and celebrate their life story and determination to pursue their American Dream. The event provides a window into a deeper understanding of what they left behind, and the love for the country they now call home.
There are three award categories open to the public for nomination: American Dream Person of the Year Award, American Dream Student of the Year Award and American Dream Veteran’s Award.
The forth category, American Dream Non Profit of the Year Award, is selected by the Tribuna Newspaper staff.
American Dream Person of the Year Award – one person will be selected. Nominees must be immigrants 18 years or older living in the Fairfield County area, who faced many challenges along their journey to achieve their American Dream.
American Dream Scholarship Award – three people will be selected. Nominees must be immigrants or children of immigrants 16 years or older living in the Fairfield County area, who faced many challenges along their journey to achieve their American Dream.
American Dream Veteran’s Award – one person will be selected. Nominees must be immigrants or children of immigrants 17 years or older living in the Fairfield County area, who are serving in the military, and who made the commitment to defend our country even before becoming a U.S. citizen, and faced many challenges along their journey to achieve their American Dream.
Ten finalists will receive two tickets each to attend the gala. Five winners will receive $2,000, the American Dream Awards statue, and will have their names permanently displayed on a plaque in Danbury City Hall honoring Tribuna’s American Dream Awards.
Nomination forms can only be filled out and submitted electronically at (http://www.tribunaamericandreamawards.com/#!2016-nomination-form/c11xg).
Previous nominees and award recipients, or family members of any person involved in the organization of the event do not qualify.
“Many immigrants have come to our country from places where the pursuit of happiness was not meant for anyone, where free speech is a luxury, where the freedom to worship your God and fight for the causes you believe in can cost you your life – places where an individual can work his or her entire life and still be unable to lift a family out of poverty, where the nearest elementary school is a 10-mile walk on a dirt road and the possibility of college education is even more distant,” said Emanuela Palmares, editor of the Tribuna, adding, “They have come to our country following the promise of the American Dream – that if they put in hard work their efforts would pay off, that little by little they could build a much brighter future. Such is the perspective that past American Dream Award finalists and winners have shared with our community. We hope to hear more of these stories in 2016.”
Please visit: http://www.tribunaamericandreamawards.com/ to nominate and learn more