AI Justice 20th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Awards Dinner
Raising funds to protect and promote the basic human rights of immigrants
AI Justice Board President Carl Goldfarb, Janet McAliley and AI Justice Executive Director, Cheryl Little

Cheryl Little and Dinner Host Committee Chairs Khalid & Diana Mirza

AI Justice held its 20th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Awards Dinner on February 26th. The theme, "Upholding the American Dream," celebrates the dreams of freedom, justice and opportunity that have brought immigrants to our shores since our nation's beginnings. AI Justice's guests enjoyed a moving and celebratory evening which started with a cocktail reception and silent auction and concluded with a dessert lounge with live music. During dinner, guests were inspired by the remarks of Janet McAliley, recipient of The Holly Skolnick Human Rights Award, and Dr. Zakia Subhani, recipient of The America's Immigrant Spirit Award. Michael Putney entertained guests as the MC and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Sonia Nazario, delivered a powerful Keynote Address. The efforts of Honorary Chairs, Sharon Kegerreis & Mitchell Berger, and Dinner Host Committee Chairs, Diana & Khalid Mirza, helped to ensure the evening was a success. A generous $50,000 matching grant from the TriMix Foundation provided further inspiration for support of AI Justice's critical work.

The generous sponsors of this year’s event were:

Platinum Level: AutoNation; Bacardi; Berger Singerman; Green Family Foundation; and The Jose Milton Foundation

Gold Level: Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP; The Children's Movement of Florida; Duane Morris, LLP; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Jepeway & Jepeway, P.A.; Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC.; Palmetto Subacute Care Center; Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.; Turkish Airlines; White & Case, LLP.

Silver Level: American Textile; Paulina Holguin & Keith Askins; De La Hoz, Perez & Barbeito, P.A.; Maria M. Buch, M.D.; Jodi Engelberg and Jurg Zundel; Jamila & Mohammad Tahir Ismail; Jones Day; Behna & Laurence Gardner, M.D.; Ellen Leesfield, ADR & Pam Perry, Esq.; Raquel M. Matas & Dr. Carla S. Lupi; Janet R. McAliley; Miami Dade College Foundation; Jane & Norman Moscowitz; National Marketing Group Services, Inc.; Northern Trust; Johanna Oliver Rousseaux; Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP; St. Thomas University School of Law; Richard Strafer; TotalBank; Peter Upton; Rev. Priscilla Felisky Whitehead; Zakia & Mian Family Charitable Foundation

AI Justice Board Member, David Lawrence Jr.

AI Justice Staff: Jennifer Anzardo Valdes, Jessica Shulruff Schneider, Michelle Ortiz and Jessica Alvarez

The McAliley Family: Neil, Maricarmen, Jackson & Ava McAliley, Janet McAliley, Hon. Chris McAliley, Kevin McAliley and Ben Kleiman

Sui Chung and Keynote Speaker, Sonia Nazario

The ballroom

Anna Navarro and Al Cardenas

Alison Miller, Jay & Catherine Pelham and Raquel Matas

Marc Puccinelli, Miami Dade County Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez, Miami Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, Cheryl Little, Ali Codina and Marlon Hill

Carl Goldfarb, Dr. Zakia Subhani and Cheryl Little

Michael Putney entertains guests

AI Justice Board Member Ilaria Pezzatini and guests from Northern Trust

Honorary Chairs Sharon Kegerreis and Mitchell Berger with Tony Argiz and guests

Juan Yumar and Nirka Burns Padilla

Honoree Dr. Zakia Subhani and guests

Former AI Justice Client, Maria, tells her story

Hon. Rosemary Barkett and Cheryl Little

Jodi & Patrick Farrell

Diana & Jose Sepulveda and Keith & Paulina Askins

Lucia Villalobos and Mexico’s Consul General of Miami Jose Antonio Zabalgoitia

Guests enjoying dinner

Sabine Bittel, Ali Codina and Iris Kolaya

County Commissioner Sally Heyman and Former Commissioner, Katy Sorenson

Robin Diaz and former City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz

The beautiful after-dinner dessert lounge

Guests enjoying the program