Guests of the Immigration Project 2022 luncheon sit at tables and listen to a speech onstage.

Ya Shoulda Been There!!

The Immigration Project’s Fall Luncheon last Friday (10/7) was a perfect day, a perfect location, and…well, everything else was pretty sublime, too! 

ISU’s Bone Student Center rolled out the fall comfort food choice of cheese- and cheesy chicken enchilada casseroles and topped the meal off with churros with warm chocolate sauce…yummmm. Then, Dr. Frank Beck and his assistant, Juliana Vidal, both of ISU’s Stevenson Center, gave the keynote PowerPoint on the economic benefits of the immigrant population in McLean County–and there LOADS of benefits!  

Between our executive director’s moving address and the program’s closing, The Immigration Project recognized Kankakee resident, Alex Quezada, as the 2022 Immigrant Hero for his outstanding work in that community, including his assistance bringing TIP citizenship workshops to Kankakee immigrants.  Raffle prizes, music, and our engaging friends, John Kim, and Emcee, David Hirst, rounded out the program. 

To make sure you don’t miss these antics in future, be sure to sign up early for next year’s Fall Luncheon!

Immigration Project Executive Director Charlotte Alvarez stands next to a banner that says "Securing Access to Justice Alongside our Immigrant Neighbors."
Immigration Project luncheon guests pose with a raffle prize basket.
Immigration Project staff smile at the registration table.
Immigration Project staff member Kathy Finnegan poses with raffle prize baskets.