Press invited to attend MIRA's yearly fundraiser with legislators, business supporters and non-profit leaders

BOSTON -- Tomorrow night, on Thursday, June 2, leaders in the immigrant community and their allies will gather at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, in Copley Plaza, for "Give Liberty a Hand," the annual fundraiser for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). The event will honor those who have improved the lives of immigrants and who serve as exemplary New Americans.

"We take this night to pay a warm and celebratory tribute to the incredible diversity and remarkable achievements of the foreign-born in Massachusetts," said Eva Millona, Executive Director of MIRA. "This year our theme is 'Unity in Diversity,' which highlights the importance of integration to the immigrant experience, emphasizes the common interests of our many foreign-born communities, and also stresses the unity that we are building with minority communities across the Commonwealth and beyond."


The event's honorees are Peter Meade, recently named head of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, for his support of immigrant inclusion in healthcare and of the DREAM Act, and Mossik Hacobian, an exemplary foreign-born leader in the community development arena. The evening's story is by  Eric Balderas, who made national headlines when he was detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement last year as he was returning from his home in Texas to his undergraduate studies at Harvard. The host of the event is Ira Jackson, Distinguished Scholar at MIT, whose experience at the intersection of business, government and civil society include serving as EVP at BankBoston, as the Commissioner of Revenue for the Commonwealth of MA, as a Dean at Harvard's Kennedy School, and as chief of staff for Boston Mayor Kevin White.

This year, press is invited to cover the event and meet many of the leaders who have helped keep Massachusetts economically strong as well as culturally diverse.

WHO: Presenters include

Ira Jackson, Distinguished Scholar at MIT
Eva Millona, Executive Director, MIRA Coalition
Robert Beal, President of The Beal Companies, GLAH Committee Chair
Linda Dorcena Forry, State Representative, MA 12th Suffolk District
Peter Meade, Director, Boston Redevelopment Authority
Chrystal Kornegay, President and CEO Urban Edge
Mossik Hacobian, former Executive Director at Urban Edge
Deborah Anker, Director, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC)
Eric Balderas, potential DREAM Act beneficiary

Music By:
Jose Allende Trio

WHAT:    Give Liberty a Hand 2011: Integration: Unity in Diversity

WHERE:  Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
138 St. James Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

WHEN:     6 – 8:30  p.m., Thursday, June 2, 2011

The event is open to the press without registration. Others wishing to attend should visit