Solas means “light” in Irish. Each year at the Solas Awards the Welcoming Center takes this opportunity to shine a light on visionary leaders, and to honor individuals and companies that illuminate the positive impact that immigrants have on our regional economy.
The 2017 Solas Awards was held on Thursday, March 2, at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel.
Alberto Ibargüen, President & CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation was given given the Dennis Clark Solas Award for his leadership at the Knight Foundation and his unwavering commitment to the social, cultural, economic, and civic engagement of immigrants which inspired and supported the growth of the Welcoming Center.
Michael and Diane Chow, Chinese immigrant entrepreneurs and owners of Sang Kee Restaurant who have used their talents and hard work to build a successful business that has created economic opportunities for foreign-born and American workers alike were given the Realizing the American Dream Award.
Nicole Pullen Ross accepted the Atlas Award for Advancing Opportunity on behalf of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses for their work in creating opportunities for entrepreneurs from all backgrounds in the Philadelphia region.