Deval Patrick, Paul Grogan, Kairos Shen & Bob Rivers Honored at "Give Liberty a Hand 2013"

Top leaders in government, philanthropy, city planning, and business honored at MIRA gala for their vision and leadership on immigrant integration


May 24, 2013 BOSTON – At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) will honor four extraordinary leaders for their contributions to the success of immigrants in Massachusetts: Boston Foundation President and CEO Paul Grogan, Eastern Bank President Robert Rivers, BRA Planning Director Kairos Shen, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

In different ways, each has played a remarkable role in shaping policies and programs that have made immigrants in Massachusetts so economically and culturally successful. The four leaders will be honored as the U.S. Senate takes up a broad immigration reform bill that represents the best chance in a quarter century to fairly and thoroughly rebuild the nation's immigration system.

"We are hopeful and excited about this impending triumph for our movement," said Eva Millona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. "That is why we have chosen this year to honor some of the state's top leaders, men who have contributed immensely to immigrant integration. We are thrilled to celebrate this amazing moment with our allies and the broader community, to hear about the bright prospects for immigration reform, and to meet some of the talented New Americans who have inspired us in our work."

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) is the largest organization in New England advocating for the rights and integration of the state's nearly one million foreign-born residents. Representing over 130 grassroots organizations, from community-based organizations to health centers to schools, MIRA uses policy analysis and advocacy, institutional organizing, training and leadership development, and strategic communications to advance its mission. In the past few years, it has extended its reach into supporting the Greater Boston Citizenship Initiative's statewide citizenship clinics, and in establishing a new integration think-tank with an advocacy component, the New Americans Integration Institute. Give Liberty a Hand is the Coalition's largest fundraising event of the year.

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WHAT: Give Liberty a Hand 2013: An event benefiting the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee
Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)

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

WHEN: 6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception, 7:00 p.m. Program.

WHO: Honorees:

  • The Honorable Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts
  • Paul Grogan, President and CEO,Boston Foundation
  • Robert Rivers, President and CBO, Eastern Bank
  • Kairos Shen, Director of Planning, Boston Redevelopment Authority


  • Linda Dorcena Forry,  State Representative, 12th Suffolk District

Musical Performances

  • Cruzamente (pictured below) and The Laurie Goldsmith Jazz Trio