Anu Thomas, Executive Director at Esperanza Immigration Legal Services (Photo: Esperanza/Staff)

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Esperanza Immigration Legal Services (EILS), a North Philadelphia non-profit dedicated to supporting immigrants, will hold its annual fundraising event, «Celebrating Hope for Immigrants: Our Shared Humanity,» on Thursday, May 30th. The gala takes place from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST at the Esperanza Arts Center’s Gran Salón.

This year’s event underscores the critical role of fostering hope for immigrants within Philadelphia’s diverse communities. Amidst ongoing global humanitarian crises, «Celebrating Hope for Immigrants» aims to highlight the transformative power of legal services in creating a better life for immigrants, emphasizing dignity and a sense of shared humanity.

The event, hosted by 6ABC Action News reporter Alyana Gomez, will recognize two individuals who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of immigrants in the region: EILS Civic Impact Honoree, Dr. Jack Ludmir, chief physician executive at Temple Women & Families Campus and Interim Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine.

Also, EILS Champion Honoree, Professor Michele Pistone, founder and faculty director of Villanova University’s Strategic Initiative for Migrants + Refugees and the VIISTA Program.

Founded in 2009, EILS boasts over 14 years of experience serving the Hunting Park neighborhood. The organization has directly assisted over 2,000 individuals with legal immigration petitions, while countless others have benefitted from their legal education and referral services. Driven by a mission to empower the Hispanic community, EILS provides free legal services to low-income families and immigrants.

Each year, EILS guides hundreds of individuals through the complexities of citizenship and immigration processes. Their comprehensive services encompass referrals for language support and legal representation, ensuring a smoother path toward achieving a fulfilling life in the United States. These services provide essential benefits, enabling immigrants to reunite with loved ones, build strong support networks, and foster a sense of belonging.

The attendees can expect breathtaking city views, a delectable culinary experience courtesy of Chef Ange Branca of Kampar and Muhibbah Dinners, and the performance of Cvgebird.

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Founded by Esperanza as part of their ongoing commitment to strengthening Hispanic communities and building an «opportunity community» in North Philadelphia, EILS strives towards a future where all individuals can flourish.

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