LAS VEGAS – Hundreds gathered Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the Asian Culture Center for Nevada’s Immigrant Heritage Month Dedication Ceremony + Cultural Showcase to celebrate the fourth annual Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM), a nationwide effort to gather and share the inspirational stories of immigrants in America.
The evening included performances by Latin musicians and dancers performing traditional numbers from around the world. U.S. Rep. Ruben Kihuen of Nevada was the event’s keynote speaker and spoke of his family’s journey to the U.S. and his pledge to stand with immigrants.
“My family came here in pursuit of the American dream,” Kihuen said. “And the simple fact that a former undocumented immigrant is serving in Congress is a testament of the greatness of this country.”
“We are overwhelmed by the turnout and support that was displayed on behalf of Immigrant Heritage Month,” said FileRight.com founder and CEO Cesare Alessandrini. “So many great folks came out to help celebrate their immigrant heritage and take part in an event that celebrated cultural diversity. We were delighted to partner with IAmAnImmigrant.com and the team at FWD.us to help put together and sponsor such an incredible event. Additionally, we are excited to see support for IHM coming from more than 250 companies and nonprofit partners, including Facebook, Verizon, Snapchat, Refinery29, MTV, HBO and Airbnb.”
Attendees were also encouraged to give back to the community by volunteering to help local immigrant-serving organizations. Event organizer Lalo Montoya with Welcome.us worked tirelessly to put on the event that was meant to bring the community together.
“We are all part of the American story and that is what Immigrant Heritage Month is all about,” Montoya said. “Whether you or your family got here a year ago or a hundred years ago. We all need to celebrate the richness and diversity in our community.”
For those in attendance, Montoya’s message was well received.
“It was just a great opportunity to learn of other cultures and immigrants,” Maria Jacobi, who came to support the event, said. “I felt like we were all a family.”
Jacobi, who enjoyed the event with friends, said she’s looking forward to next year’s celebration.