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22 - Apr
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Where:Quorum at the University City Science Center, 3675 Market St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Global Tastes is a celebration of Philadelphia's diverse communities through food! Started in 2007, Global Tastes is Nationalities Service Center's most important fundraiser of the year and is an exciting event with a food competition featuring global cuisine in Philadelphia. Every year, this gala event raises vital funds that allow immigrants and refugees in the Philadelphia area to continue to benefit from the NSC's high quality legal, social, education, health and language access services. HONORING--DanThu Thi Phan, Esq., is this year's Nationalities Service Award honoree. This award is presented each year to an immigrant who exemplifies the American dream, or to a strong immigrant advocate. Thi Phan happens to be both. A refugee who fled Vietnam at an early age—and learned to walk by holding on to the cots in a refugee camp in Guam—Thi was resettled with her family in Minnesota, where they initially survived on food stamps and lived with a Lutheran pastor. Over time, her parents—already trained in medicine and law—restarted their careers in the US, and Thi herself followed a similar path—pursuing the American dream through education. She trained at Columbia Law School, rose up the legal and corporate ranks to become chief counsel and SVP and later an advisor at Cigna, a global health service company. There, she was an active leader in efforts to ensure that immigrant customers have access to interpreters, and advocate for a global, culturally-sensitive mindset. Will Gonzalez, Esq., is the recipient of this year's Margaret Harris Award, which recognizes direct service and advocacy for immigrants and refugees. Raised partly in Puerto Rico, Will trained as a public interest lawyer with an eye towards lifting up marginalized communities through the law. Since 2001 he has served as Executive Director of Ceiba, a coalition of Latino community-based organizations in Philadelphia, which fosters economic development in the Latino community by ensuring that immigrants hav
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