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Fri, Jun 23, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

2017 American Heritage Awards

Tickets may be purchased at the
Council Booth or at the door

The American Heritage Awards is our annual gala where we celebrate the talents, contributions, and accomplishments of notable immigrants and their advocates. The gala is held during the American Immigration Lawyers Association's annual conference.

This year we're honoring:

Franco Alessandrini for his incredible accomplishments as a world-renowned Italian-American immigrant painter and sculptor. Mr. Alessandrini’s works are in private and public collections throughout the United States, Europe and South America, including the Monument to the Immigrants, displayed in Woldenberg Park on the Riverfront in New Orleans.

Andrei Codrescu is a Jewish, Romanian-American, homme-de-lettres who became nationally recognized through his many years of thoughtful commentary on National Public Radio. Condrescu was raised in anti-Semitic, Communist Romania. He escaped as a young man to Israel, and then landed in the United States in the late 1960s. Codrescu was the Mac Curdy Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University from 1984 until his retirement in 2009 and still considers New Orleans his “home turf.


June 23, 2017 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

  • 6:00 p.m. Cocktails (open bar), mingling and red carpet!
  • 7:00 p.m. Awards program, entertainment and dinner

The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
Napoleon Ballroom on Level 3
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Sponsorship opportunities

You may also purchase individual/firm tickets by

  • Paying via mail or check by completing this form and return it to
  • Over the phone by calling (202) 507-7525
  • At AILA's Annual Conference


For additional information, please email us.

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