Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Shama kick off Immigrant Heritage Week

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R-L: Mayor Bloomberg, Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Fatima Shama with 2013 honorees

By Isseu Diouf-Campbell

Mayor Bloomberg and Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Fatima Shama kicked off the 10th Annual Immigrant Heritage week with a reception on April 17, 2013 at Gracie Mansion in Manhattan.

During the reception Commissioner Shama introduced the recipients of the 2013 American Dreamer Awards and the new Rising Stars Awards.

The honorees are:
Ambassador Award – Seema Agnani, Executive Director of Chayya Community Development Corporation
Business Leader Award – Jessamyn Rodriguez, Founder and CEO of Hot Bread Kitchen
Community Builder Award – Ligia Guallpa, Executive Director of Workers Justice Project
New York’s Uniform Award – Sergeant Dhendup Chadotsang, of the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn
Visionary Award – Yolanny Rodriguez, Director of Teatro Las Tablas
Rising Star – Angelo Cabrera, Founder and President of MASA
Rising Star – Marybeth Melendez, Student Development Assistant for the College of Staten Island
Rising Star – Denise Vivar, student at Sunset Park High School

Immigrant Heritage Week, is an annual celebration honoring the experiences and contributions of immigrants living in New York City and this year, from April 17 to April 24, over twenty educational programs at schools, community and cultural institutions will be held across the five boroughs.

For more information about Immigrant Heritage week, visit

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