For the past 100 years, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) has helped shape history. From publishing the first book on U.S. citizenship, to helping refugees from war-torn places in Europe, Asia, and Africa build new lives in the United States, to protecting the rights of unaccompanied child migrants, USCRI has led the way in guiding newcomers toward achieving the American dream.
In celebration of our centennial, USCRI hosted a 100th Anniversary Gala, Out of Many One, on October 19, 2011 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. The evening began with a red carpet arrival, cocktail hour, and silent auction. Celebrities, donors, and high-profile players in the field of migration talked about the issues facing refugees and immigrants. Many were moved to tears by USCRI’s history video. Cynné Simpson, anchor for ABC 7/WJLA-TV News, and comedian Chris Spencer emceed the evening’s program. Their professionalism and sense of humor provided an elegant and fun atmosphere throughout the evening.
USCRI presented posthumous Centennial Awards to two outstanding Americans: President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Both of these men played pivotal roles in USCRI’s history and were fundamental in addressing the plight of refugees and immigrants. Susan Eisenhower accepted the Centennial Award on behalf of her grandfather, President Eisenhower, during the Gala. Senator Kennedy’s widow, Victoria, was unable to attend but wrote personal remarks that were shared with guests. USCRI created short videos about President Eisenhower’s and Senator Kennedy’s important contributions that were screened during the event. Stay tuned to see these videos on YouTube soon!
Special thanks to American Airlines, the Washington Hilton, and Miss Jessie’s for sponsoring the event. A big thank you also goes to our USCRI Global Ambassador, Jeff Fahey, for his unwavering support and to Bill Hammond and all the folks at Hammond Entertainment for their vision and impeccable production of our event. For media related to the Gala, please visit our Newsroom.