President Ramsammy Among Honorees at Immigrants' Ball

July 31, 2019

President Roger Ramsammy in the science center

President Roger Ramsammy will be among 20 local business leaders, executives and educators, who will be honored at the inaugural Immigrants’ Ball: Celebrating the American Dream on Sunday, Aug. 18 at Proctors in Schenectady.

The event is planned to celebrate America as a “nation of newcomers” and will highlight the inspiring diversity of the Capital Region, honoring contemporaries who have come to the United States to fulfill their dreams and now share their skills and talents for the benefit of many.

“The American Dream, shorthand for our ethos of equal opportunity for all, has served as a beacon of hope for generations of immigrants seeking life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” said Philip Morris, Proctors Collaborative CEO.

The event will feature the varied cultures, customs, food, drink, music, dance and ideas that are the fabric of America, and will benefit the School of the Performing Arts at Proctors, which delivers programs to thousands of students throughout the region each year.

Tickets to attend are available at

The full list of honorees includes:

  • Oluwaseun (Seun) A. Adetayo MD, FACS, FAAP (Albany Medical Center) — Nigeria
  • Vikash & Vikram Agrawal (Levrx Technology Inc.) — India
  • Guha V. Bala and Karthik V. Bala (Velan Ventures) — India
  • Isabel Lim Byon (NewsChannel 13 WNYT) — South Korea
  • Muhsin Celik (Global Foundries) — Turkey
  • Antonio Civitella (Transfinder) — Italy
  • Rifat Filkins (RISSE) — Pakistan
  • Jorge Gómez (Tiempo Libre & Alta Havana) — Cuba
  • Ruth Mahoney (KeyBank) — Ireland
  • Angelo & Jerry Menagias (Blue Ribbon Family Restaurant) — Greece
  • Jean-Remy Monnay (Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY) — Haiti
  • Steady H. Moono, ED.D. (SUNY Schenectady County Community College) — Zambia
  • Chef Yono Purnomo (Yono’s) — Indonesia
  • Roger A. Ramsammy, Ph.D. (Hudson Valley Community College) — Trinidad
  • Jennifer Clark Rao (Emma Willard School) — Mexico
  • Deryck Singh (Stewart’s Shops) — Guyana
  • Alex J. Tronco (Northwestern Mutual) — Italy

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