2019 Solas Awards

By Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians (other events)

Thursday, February 28 2019 5:30 PM 8:30 PM EDT

Please join us as we celebrate the 2019 Solas Awards, on Thursday, February 28, 2019, 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 Rebecca Rathje ([email protected]) with any questions.

2019 Solas Award Honorees: 

Dennis Clark Solas Award:
Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan

Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan, Co-Founder and Vice President, M. Night Shyamalan Foundation, will be given the Dennis Clark Solas Award for her leadership, vision, and tireless advocacy for advancing human rights and addressing social injustice around the world.

Dr. Shyamalan was born in India, raised in Hong Kong and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Bryn Mawr College. She is the spouse of film director M. Night Shyamalan and the Co-founder and Vice President of the couple’s foundation for which she travels around the world vetting nonprofits. Under her leadership, the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation has invested in initiatives both locally and globally that address issues such as Education, Food and Nutrition, Human Trafficking and Slavery, Livelihood and Jobs Skills, and Water. The foundation has supported nonprofits in India, Tanzania, Guatemala, South Sudan, Nicaragua, Kenya and Ghana.

Atlas Award for Advancing Opportunity:
The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia will be given the Atlas Award for Advancing Opportunity for recognizing the role of immigrants in strengthening the region’s economy, contributing to the workforce, and revitalizing and stabilizing our neighborhoods. The Welcoming Center values The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia as a strong partner whose Roadmap for Growth initiative has highlighted the role immigrants play in new business development, job creation and community revitalization. From our first meeting in the spring of 2012, we shared a common vision of strategically welcoming and integrating global talent into the local workforce and entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Chamber has become one of our biggest allies in advancing our critical mission in opening doors of opportunity so that all will prosper.

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 Rebecca Rathje ([email protected]).

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians