2018 Solas Awards

By Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians (other events)

Thursday, May 3 2018 5:30 PM 8:30 PM

Please join us as we celebrate the 2018 Solas Awards, on Thursday, May 3, 2017, 5:30-8:30 PM.

The Solas Awards are a hallmark of our organization and the primary fundraising event to recognize key community organizations and business leaders for their work supporting immigrant integration in Philadelphia. At the event, you will meet a remarkable array of business, civic and community leaders who, like you, are tapping into diverse talent to enhance their ability to compete in today's economy. It is a terrific opportunity to demonstrate support for Philadelphia's growing global population.  

Solas means 'light' in Irish. Each year at the Solas Awards, the Welcoming Center honors individuals and businesses that illuminate the positive impact that immigrants make to the regional economy. 

Please consider supporting the work we do through sponsorship, with opportunities available ranging from $1,000 - $25,000. 
We also have advertising opportunites in our event program ranging from $250 - $2,000. 

Click here to view sponsorship packet that outlines these various opportunities. Contact Jennifer Ginsberg at [email protected] with any questions.

2018 Solas Award Honorees: 

Realizing the American Dream Award:
Maria A. Oquendo, MD

Dr. Oquendo is an immigrant from Spain who was the first Latina president of the American Psychiatric Association. In January 2017 she took on her new role as a professor and chair of psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. We are honoring Dr. Oquendo because she embodies the ideals of the award for using her hard work, talent, and passion to advance the field of psychiatry, both nationally and globally. 

Dennis Clark Solas Award:
Stephen S. Tang

Stephen S. Tang, outgoing President & CEO of the University City Science Center, will be given the Dennis Clark Solas Award for his leadership in highlighting the role of immigrants as innovators and assets that are moving Philadelphia and America forward.

Atlas Award for Advancing Opportunity:
Wells Fargo

Tiffany Tavarez, Vice President of Community Relations, will accept the Atlas Award for Advancing Opportunity on behalf of Wells Fargo for their commitment to strengthening the region's economy through charitable investments and employee volunteer projects.

Networking Reception 5:30 - 6:45 PM
Cocktail Hour & Heavy hors d'oeuvres

Awards Program 6:45 - 8:30 PM
Coffee & Dessert

To make arrangements to pay by check or for more information, please contact Jennifer Ginsberg at [email protected]

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians