ST. PAUL (May 9, 2014) — The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota held its annual gala at the Union Depot in downtown Saint Paul to celebrate and recognize ILCM and other leaders on immigration issues both locally and nationally.
During the award ceremony ILCM recognized outstanding organizations and individuals who have showed both dedication and excellence in furthering the mission of ILCM.
Award winners this year were Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Al Franken for their leadership with the historic bipartisan immigration reform bill that was passed through the Senate on June 27, 2013. A diverse, strategic, and successful coalition, including Governor Mark Dayton, the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, was given the State Advocate Award for their efforts in passing the historic Minnesota DREAM Act in 2013.
As a champion for volunteerism in Minnesota and a leader among in-house counsel in the pro bono movement, Target was recognized as the Pro Bono Partner of the Year. Finally, ILCM recognized Salima Khakoo for her generous years of service as a pro bono attorney and Elizabeth Carmona Ramos for her notable volunteer work with the New Beginnings Project of ILCM.
The Gala began with a silent auction of items donated by local theaters, hotels, restaurants, museums, sport teams, and more. Entertainment was provided by Salsa del Soul, a Twin Cities-based, nine-piece orchestra performing various styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean.
An eclectic dinner buffet was presented by Crave, La Loma, Holy Land, and Afro Deli. The ILCM Raffle was drawn; a few lucky participants won a weekend of activities along the Green Line light rail including dinner at Ngon Vietnamese Bistro, a show at the Ordway, tickets to a Minnesota Twins game, and much more. Other prizes were an IPad Mini and a homemade puppet theater.
ILCM is currently the only nonprofit legal program in Minnesota to provide free comprehensive immigration services to low-income persons of all nationalities who are ineligible for federally funded legal services programs.