Solas 2022

Thank you for joining us at the 2022 Solas Awards.
Solas 2022 may be over, but you can still make a donation.

About Solas

Solas means “light” in Irish. Each year at the Solas Awards, The Welcoming Center shines a light on the contributions immigrants have been making in our city and region. Last year, we came together virtually during the height of the pandemic. In 2022, we look forward to gathering in person and bringing our community together for the first time in two years for an evening of celebration, learning, and connecting.

The event will be held at Cherry Street Pier, a very large indoor/outdoor venue in Philadelphia, and will include the Global Craft Market, interactive exhibits, and opportunities for networking. 

Please join us on Wednesday, April 27th as we mark The Welcoming Center’s 19th anniversary of promoting inclusive economic growth through immigrant integration.


This year we are honoring three exceptional groups all founded and led by immigrants in Philadelphia who have participated in The Welcoming Center’s programming.  During the pandemic they addressed important issues and lifted their voices and the voices of other immigrants and refugees. All three exemplify immigrant leadership, the power of the collective, and a dedication to making Philadelphia a more inclusive city to all.  

Association of Mexican Business Owners of PhiladelphiaDuring the pandemic, many small businesses were not able to access relief funds. Several immigrant-owned businesses in South Philadelphia joined together to support one another, launch a GoFundMe campaign, and promote the cultural and economic contributions that Latino merchants bring to Philadelphia.


Let’s Talk Philly Conversation CirclesAn organization made up of immigrants and refugees from diverse countries and cultures working together to improve community wellness and overcome barriers to social and economic integration by building language and leadership skills.


I Belong PhillyA group of immigrant leaders and social entrepreneurs inspiring other immigrants to realize they are an integral part of our city. I Belong Philly’s mission is “to facilitate a space where we will create opportunities, dialog, build relationships, networking, appreciate culture, with the goal to give a better life to immigrants in the U.S.”


2022 Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Hao-Li & Evan Loh


Citizens Bank

Independence Blue Cross

John Chou & Teresa Wallace

Knight Foundation

Shirin & Rudy Karsan

Weinberg Foundation



Nina Chen & Eric Langenmayr

Philadelphia Foundation

Song & Lei Li

Supporter PLUS


Alex Costabile & Susan Dando

AmeriHealth Caritas

Bob & Pat Aglira

Boston Consulting Group

E. Rhoda Shaten Charitable Foundation


John Touey & Jin Hee Cho

Kenneth & Sharon Kind

Klasko Immigration Law


University of Pennsylvania




Anuj & Prema Gupta

Albert Family Foundation

Anne O’Callaghan

Anthony & Nicole Pumphrey

Beth and Jerry Rosenbloom

Breakwater Accounting + Advisory

Bruce & Bibbi Hotaling

David Murphy & Rebecca Rathje

Diane & Mike George

Express Employment Professionals

Green & Spiegel


Independence Foundation

Jim and Wendy Wenke

Jim Marnell

Main Line Health

Michael & Diane Chow

Natalie Barndt

Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO


SHG Immigration Law

The Rosen Group

University City Science Center

Unlawyer Inc.

Uva Coles



Center City Orthodontics / Dr. Tejjy Thomas

John Chou and Teresa Wallace

Patrick Mahanger and Dr. Kevin Baumlin


Bob & Pat Aglira

Nina Chen & Eric Langenmayr

The Philadelphia Foundation

Bill & Mary Stock

Supporter PLUS



Breakwater Accounting + Advisory Corp

CCI Consulting

Express Employment Professionals

Independence Foundation

Carlton L. Johnson / Archer

Ferne Kuhn

Main Line Health

Claire Neiger / Michael T. Sosnowicz & Assoc.

Northwestern University, Office of the Provost

David Murphy & Rebecca Rathje

Anthony & Nicole Pumphrey

The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

University City Science Center


Jim & Wendy Wenke