An artistic director, an educator and pioneer for women’s rights and social justice, a nonprofit CEO, a physician active in the interfaith community and a refugee mathematician who tirelessly helps African newcomers. These five individuals have made their mark in our community and will be recognized for their accomplishments at the ninth annual MOSAIC Awards to be held on Thursday, May 22, at The Galt House.
This fundraising event, which benefits Jewish Family & Career Services, honors international Americans who have made a significant contribution in their profession and in our local/global community. JFCS was founded to assist newcomers to Louisville and this event honors its original mission.
The cocktail reception, which starts at 5 p.m., features a showcase of new micro-businesses that have benefitted from training and financial assistance from the JFCS Navigate Enterprise Center.
“Many new businesses only have a small budget for marketing,” commented Judy Freundlich Tiell, JFCS executive director. “By introducing our businesses to the people attending the MOSAIC Awards, we hope to generate interest in the products and services they provide and create new clients for them.”
The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence is the Title Sponsor and WLKY 32 is the media sponsor with Rick Van Hoose acting as the Master of Ceremonies. Papercone Corporation and Kindred Healthcare are also major sponsors.
Dr. Diane Tobin and Dr. Laura Klein are the event chairs. “We are privileged to have Mayor Greg Fischer and his wife, Dr. Alexandra Gerassimides, as our honorary chairs this year. We hope that their participation brings a whole new level of interest for the event,” says Dr. Tobin.
Tickets to the event are $125/person and table sponsorships begin at $1,500. For reservations, contact Beverly Bromley, JFCS director of development, at 452-6341, ext. 223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honorees this year are:
Dr. Muhammad Babar, originally from Pakistan, who is medical director of nursing homes and engaged in numerous charitable and interfaith activities.
Dr. Johanna van Wijk Bos, from The Netherlands, who is an eminent theologian at the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and activist and advocate for social justice.
Marta Miranda, from Cuba, who is president and CEO of the Center for Women & Families.
Bruce Simpson, from Scotland, who is the artistic director of the Louisville Ballet.
Joseph Twagilimana, from Rwanda, who is a data mining analyst with Wellpoint, Inc. and volunteer and advocate for the African refugee community