Justice Kennard to be one of AIISF’s Immigrant Heritage Awardees on October 1
Friday, 12 August 2011 08:52
AIISF will celebrate its Immigrant Heritage Awards October 1 with our annual fundraising event, “Our American Journeys” at the Hotel Intercontinental in San Francisco. Our honorees will be Jewish Family and Children’s Services; California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Kennard; May and Sinclair Louie, businesspersons and philanthropists; Andrew Ly of Ly Brothers Corporation/Sugar Bowl Bakery; and Olympic Gold Medalist and president of the Always Dream Foundation Kristi Yamaguchi. We will have fabulous live and silent auction prizes and a raffle.
Justice Kennard has been a member of the California Supreme Court since 1989. Last October, on U.S. Citizenship Day, she delivered the welcoming address to 25 new Americans from 18 countries at a swearing-in ceremony on Angel Island. She noted, “Like you, I have come from a very distant shore. I was born in Java of Chinese, Indonesian and Dutch parents. My father died during World War II when I was one. At age ten, my mother and I moved to the jungles of Dutch New Guinea and when I was 14, my mother moved us to Holland for my education. My dream of education in Holland was shattered just before my 16th birthday when due to illness I lost my right leg. So when I was 16 years and 2 months, I became a very young secretary. At age twenty I came to the U.S. and six and a half years later, grabbed the chance to go to college. I [realized] I would have to do four years of college in three, and would work part time 20 hours a week…
“I never felt America owed me anything – I always felt indebted to this country for letting me in. America gave me a chance to get an education when I was well beyond normal school age. America taught me to believe in the American dream and America gave me a chance to succeed beyond all odds. This is why I’ve always carried on this special love affair with America…The United States is the anchor of what we call the Free World. And while the Free World is an imperfect world, it is far better than anything else…as millions of migrants attempting to join America from other parts of the globe will testify.”
For more information on Our American Journeys, call Grant Din at 415-262-4433 or email
| Individual ticket (1 seat) $200.00 Table sponsor (10 seats) $2,500.00 Corporate/Community Sponsor (1 seat/ad benefits) $1,000.00 |