Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame announces 2018 inductees

Published on Monday, 11 June 2018 21:43
Written by Skyler Frazer


NEW BRITAIN - Tickets for the 2018 Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame induction ceremony go on sale later this week, and the event’s organizers invite the public to help them honor four contributors to Connecticut and the United States.

The Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame’s sixth annual Induction Ceremony and Gala is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

The IHHF will honor immigrants of Dominican, Pakistani, Korean and Polish heritage. The Class of 2018 includes individuals, and one family, who have been pioneers and leaders in education, business, diplomacy and medicine.

Those scheduled to be inducted are:

nScholar, author and Dominican Republic native Daisy Cocco De Filippis, president of Naugatuck Valley Community College and a pioneer in the field of Dominican women’s studies.

nPakistan native Adnan Durrani, chief executive officer of American Halal/Saffron Road Foods in Stamford and recognized as one of the world’s leading entrepreneurs.

nThe Koh family of New Haven, noted for their contributions in the fields of international relations, health and human rights.

nThe late Dr. Stanislaw A. Milewski, the former chief of ophthalmology at Manchester Memorial Hospita,l who overcame oppression in Poland during World War II to become a leading ophthalmologist and mentor.

Including this year’s honorees, the Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame has honored 27 people since its inception in 2013.

“The IHHF Class of 2018 includes a diverse group of remarkable individuals and family members who embody the kind of perseverance, selflessness and achievement that have made our world a better place,” said Andre Blaszczynski, longtime Tunxis Community College professor of economics, co-chairman of the IHHF Planning Committee and president of the Polish American Foundation of Connecticut.

The Induction Ceremony and Gala is open to the public. In addition to honoring each inductee, the evening will be highlighted by a keynote address by Professor Harold Hongju Koh, who will share his family’s inspirational story.

The evening will also include an artistic program reflecting the cultures of those being honored.

Tickets are $95 per person with discounts available for tables of 10.

Tickets will be available online beginning Friday, June 15. A wide variety of sponsorships are also available, and businesses and organizations are encouraged to consider buying a table of 10.

For more information about the event or detailed inductee profiles, visit or call 860-829-1215.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Monday, 11 June 2018 21:43. Updated: Monday, 11 June 2018 21:46.