SOUTHINGTON - It was a night of celebration, honor and cultural diversity Thursday as three individuals and one family were inducted into the Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame.
The Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame held its sixth annual induction ceremony and gala Thursday night before a crowd at the Aqua Turf Club. This year’s inductees are of Dominican, Pakistani, Korean and Polish heritage.
This year’s inductees were; Scholar, author and Dominican Republic native Daisy Cocco De Filippis, president of Naugatuck Valley Community College and a pioneer in Dominican women’s studies; Pakistan native Adnan Durrani, chief executive officer of American Halal/Saffron Road Foods in Stamford and recognized as one of the world’s leading entrepreneurs; and the Koh family of New Haven, noted for its contributions in the fields of international relations, health and human rights.
Dr. Stanislaw A. Milewski, former chief of ophthalmology at Manchester Memorial Hospital, was inducted posthumously. According to the IHHF, Milewski overcame oppression in Poland during World War II to become a leading ophthalmologist and mentor.
Professor Harold Hongju Koh shared his family’s story during the evening’s keynote address. The evening also included an artistic program reflecting the cultures of the Dominican Republic, Pakistan, Korea and Poland.
Including this year’s honorees, the Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame has honored 27 people since its inception in 2013.
Last year, the inductees were Bessy Reyna, Mohammad Nawaz Wahla, Franciszek Herzog, Rabbi Henry Okolica, Angelo Tomasso Sr. and Angelo Tomasso Jr.
The Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame is a program of the Polish American Foundation of Connecticut Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
For more information on the organization, visit www.immigrantheritage.org .
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