MIRA is turning 30 this year, and we want you to be part of the celebration! Give Liberty a Hand is our main annual fundraiser, and this year, with our big anniversary, we made it extra festive.
Since 1987, MIRA has given voice to refugees and immigrants from all over the world who made their home in New England, raised families, built careers, started businesses, and become engaged citizens and community members. Give Liberty a Hand is both our annual fundraiser, and a time to honor people who “give liberty a hand” by working to advance the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.
More than 350 people joined our celebration on June 1. To all of you, a heartfelt THANK YOU!!! It was wonderful to celebrate with hundreds of people we love and admire, whose work makes a difference in the lives of Massachusetts residents every day.
Special thanks to Mayor Martin J. Walsh for joining us despite his very busy schedule, and for his powerful speech about the importance of being a welcoming and diverse city. Our deepest thanks also to Secretary Jay Ash, for his great perspective on the role of immigrants in our Commonwealth’s economy, and for presenting us with a proclamation on behalf of Governor Baker. In these difficult times, it means a lot to us to know that immigrant integration has strong bipartisan support!
If you’d like to see photos from the gala, check out our Facebook album; we encourage you also to watch the beautiful celebratory video with voices from our members on YouTube. Click through to read more about the gala, our speakers and honorees.
6 pm | Cocktail Reception
Music by Albino Mbie – Mozambican pop/jazz
7 pm | Program
Alberto Vasallo III, President and CEO, El Mundo Boston
Eva A. Millona, Executive Director, MIRA Coalition
Robert Beal and Bob Rivers, Event Committee Co-Chairs
Secretary Jay Ash, Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City of Boston
Voices from our Immigrant and Refugee Communities
Marcia Elena Williams, immigrant from Honduras, new U.S. citizen
Mohammad Sayed, immigrant from Afghanistan, young entrepreneur
Diana Ortiz Giron, immigrant from Mexico, DACA beneficiary
Presentation of Awards
Attorney General Maura Healey
Presented by Eva A. Millona, Executive Director, MIRA Coalition, and John Willshire-Carrera, Board President, MIRA Coalition
Jeff Bussgang, Co-founder and General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
Presented by Mohamad Ali, President and CEO, Carbonite Boston