1 August 2019

College President to be Honored During Immigrants' Ball at Proctors

Headshot of Dr. Steady MoonoDr. 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.

Honorees include:

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 Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 with a VIP pre-event cocktail hour.


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