Three outstanding leaders from Northern Virginia will be honored at the Annual Dinner for Centreville Immigration Forum on September 22. This year’s award winners are Diana Katz (Reston), Kofi Dennis (Fairfax), and Mukit Hossain (Herndon and Spotsylvania).
Tickets are still available for the event, but make your online reservation soon at www.centrevilleimmigrationforum.org/fallevent. Tickets for the event at International Country Club, 13200 Lee Jackson Highway, Fairfax, include social hour at 6:30 pm with hors d’oeuvres and drinks; dinner at 7:30 with menu choices; and 8-9 presentation of awards. There will be live music during the social hour and a special surprise not-to-be missed entertainment at the end of the evening!
The award for Mukit Hossain will be presented posthumously, following his death in November 2010. Many in northern Virginia remember his influence as a leader for political engagement in the Muslim community and a philanthropist and spokesperson for human rights. He was active at the ADAMS Center (All Dulles Area Muslim Society). Mr. Hossain was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His wife Sabrina Abedin Hossain and other family members will represent him at the dinner.
Diana Katz is recognized for bringing resources to nonprofits that help women and minorities succeed. After moving to the mainland from her native Puerto Rico, she became a founding member of Giving Circle of Hope, which has donated over $1 million to nonprofits in northern Virginia. She organized the Northern Virginia Idea Exchange (NOVIE), which brings nonprofit leaders together to share ideas and resources, and has given her energy to many other projects including the Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund.
Kofi Dennis, a Ghanaian musician and educator, has for nearly 20 years been a Master Teaching Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts. His work with children is amazing, and he also keeps adult audiences spellbound with his combination of story-telling and djembe drumming. He works with youth and adults at area jails and juvenile detention centers. In addition to his educational work, Dennis performs traditional African drumming with the duo “Anansegromma.”
Master of Ceremonies for this year’s event is Walter Tejada, winner of a CIF award last year, and former chair of Arlington County Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Kathy Smith and other elected officials, along with CIF Executive Director Terry Angelotti, will make award presentations.
(Pictured are Walter Tejada, Supervisor Kathy Smith, and CIF Board Chair Alice Foltz, at 2016 event.)