2014 Solas Awards

The 2014 Solas Awards

Solas Awards 2014

Shining a light on visionary leaders


Photo credit to event photographer Dave Lakatos

Ajay Raju (Dilworth Paxson LLP) , Dr. Beatriz Mirabal Garces (Garces Foundation), Peter Gonzales (Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians)

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The Solas Awards are an annual honor bestowed upon individuals in the Philadelphia region by the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians for contributions to improving the quality of life for immigrants to Pennsylvania. This year's Solas Awards were held on May 1, 2014 at the Westin Philadelphia.

Our sincere gratitude to all of those who attended. We hope to see you at some of our upcoming events!


These distinguished individuals were honored at our Solas event:

  • The Realizing the American Dream Award was given to Ajay Raju, who was recently named the new CEO and Co-Chairman of Dilworth Paxson L.L.P. and is an ambassador for our region, who has enhanced the profile of immigrants as innovators and connectors to the global economy
  • The Atlas Award for Creating Opportunity was given to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for its commitment to building a strong and diverse workplace by recruiting and retaining international talent and providing opportunities to hardworking individuals of all backgrounds, including immigrants
  • The Dennis Clark Solas Award was given to Beatriz and Jose Garces for their commitment to improving healthcare, education and job training for immigrants


Thank you to our 2014 Solas Awards Sponsors




Dilworth Paxson LLP










Ballard Spahr LLP

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Reed Smith LLP





Bank of America

Citizens Bank

Cozen O'Connor

The Governor's Woods Foundation

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Hersha Hospitality Trust

Independence Blue Cross

MasterClass Consulting, LLC

Portnoff Law Associates, Ltd.

Salveson Stetson Group

The Philadelphia Foundation

World Education Services