Dr. Steady Moono, SUNY Schenectady President, will be honored during The Immigrants’ Ball: Celebrating the American Dream at Proctors on Sunday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m.
America is a nation of newcomers, and with The Immigrants’ Ball: Celebrating the American Dream, Proctors highlights the inspiring diversity of the Capital Region, honoring contemporaries who have landed on our shores, adding their voices, their hopes and their skills to make our country and our society even stronger. It will celebrate all that makes us strong by bringing us together to share cultures, customs, food, drink, music, dance and ideas.
Oluwaseun (Seun) A. Adetayo MD, FACS, FAAP (Albany Medical Center) Nigeria
Vikash & Vikram Agrawal (Levrx Technology Inc.) India
Guha V. Bala and Karthik V. Bala (Velan Ventures) India
Isabel Lim Byon (NewsChannel 13 WNYT) South Korea
Muhsin Celik (Global Foundries) Turkey
Antonio Civitella (Transfinder) Italy
Rifat Filkins (RISSE) Pakistan
Jorge Gómez (Tiempo Libre & Alta Havana) Cuba
Ruth Mahoney (KeyBank) Ireland
Angelo & Jerry Menagias (Blue Ribbon Family Restaurant) Greece
Jean-Remy Monnay (Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY) Haiti
Steady H. Moono, ED.D. (SUNY Schenectady County Community College) Zambia
Chef Yono Purnomo (Yono’s) Indonesia
Roger A. Ramsammy, Ph.D. (Hudson Valley Community College) Trinidad
Jennifer Clark Rao (Emma Willard School) Mexico
Deryck Singh (Stewart’s Shops) Guyana
Alex J. Tronco (Northwestern Mutual) Italy
In addition to conversation and fellowship, individual stations will represent many of the honorees’ nationalities, featuring displays of personal cultural mementos and treasures, buffet selections and more.
Menu items will reflect cuisines from Africa, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, and Turkey.
Entertainment, planned like all other elements of the event, with input from the 20 honorees, will include a cappella songs from Alessio Civitella; poet D. Colin reading from Dreaming in Kreyol; Cuban traditional music from Jorge Gómez and Tiempo Libre; Greek folk dancers; a cooking demonstration and sampling from chef Yono Purnomo; dance from the Schenectady Hindu Temple Youth Group; and the bright Caribbean sounds of the Tropical Beat Steel Band.
The Immigrants’ Ball: Celebrating the American Dream benefits The School of the Performing Arts at Proctors, which delivers programs for tens of thousands of students in our region annually and funds scholarships to ensure equal opportunities for all to experience the power of the arts to instill creativity, compassion, and self-esteem.
Tickets, starting at $150 (held at Will Call) are available at the Box Office at Proctors; by phone at 518-346-6204; and online at proctors.org. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 with a VIP pre-event cocktail hour.