The Ellis Island Medals of Honor are presented annually to American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life. This year, Im Ja Choi, a member of AAWC, received this prestigious award for her work with Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi), a home-health agency. To read more about Choi and her work, visit The New York Times article here. To learn more about the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, visit here.
Congratulations to Pearl Lee for being recognized in the November 2013 issue of Philadelphia Magazine as a 2013 Five Star Professional Wealth Manager. She received the multi-year award. Read more about it HERE.
AAWC members and past scholars joined PECO for a day of community service.
Holy Redeemer classrooms and other areas were given a fresh coat of paint.
On October 16, 2013, Lily Yeh was recognized as the 2013 Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania along with eight other women from across the state. The event was held in the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg, PA. News article about the event can be read here.
A Short Bio of Lily Yeh
Lily Yeh uses participatory public art to empower impoverished communities around the world. Born in China, she came to the United States in 1963 and received an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. She was professor of painting and art history at University of the Arts for 30 years. The Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia became a national model of community building through art under her leadership as founder and executive director from 1968 to 2004.
In 2002, she formed the nonprofit Barefoot Artists, Inc. to further her work and mission internationally with lectures, workshops and environmental transformation programs. Her successful creative projects have extended to such places as Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Syria and China.
Lily has won more than 30 prestigious awards from organizations worldwide for her pioneering leadership in transforming lives and communities through the creative arts, including the Ford Foundation and the Prudential Foundation and six honorary doctoral degrees from prominent universities in the United States.
Im Ja Choi is a member of AAWC's advisory board. She was recently interviewed by the Milestones newspaper regarding her work in home health care for senior citizens. Read the article "Mother's need led her to a new career" at the Milestones E-News website.
Virginia Lam is a member of AAWC's Board of Directors and a former music specialist for the Philadelphia School District. To read more about Lam and her work, visit the Philadelphia Inquirer article here.