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HIAS Pennsylvania’s 2024 Golden Door Awards: Welcoming Immigrants, Strengthening Our Community

Thursday, April 18, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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The Golden Door Awards is HIAS Pennsylvania’s annual fundraiser. Your generous support helps us serve low-income immigrants from all over the world as they build new lives in our community.

HIAS Pennsylvania will honor the individuals and entities listed below for leading the way in support of immigrants and refugees.

Our Honorees

Rev. Zoe Cassell

Rev. Zoe Cassell

Rev. Cassell escaped civil unrest in Liberia with her then-infant son. Upon receiving her green card in the U.S., she pledged to help other people. Rev. Cassell is now the pastor of a church she established, which supports low-income and homeless people in her community, including many immigrants.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

The Resa Rudney Award

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church of Ardmore and its Immigration Action Group (IAG) have provided extraordinary advocacy and dedication to our clients and the wider immigrant community. The IAG has organized drives to collect household goods for refugees and has collected donations to support our work. The IAG also collaborates with volunteers from local organizations, including the Ardmore Food Pantry, which is a ministry of St. Mary’s, to offer services to immigrants in Ardmore and surrounding communities. St. Mary’s and the IAG prioritize advocacy for immigrant rights at the state level, while also engaging in national advocacy campaigns.


Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP

Troutman Pepper will be honored for its outstanding pro bono services provided to low-income immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, as well as for hosting legal clinics and facilitating partnerships with other corporate partners.


If you cannot attend the Golden Door Awards, please consider making a donation in support of the event and HIAS Pennsylvania:

For more information, contact Ellen Freda,

Director of Development, efreda@hiaspa.org; 215-832-0940

The fair market value of goods and services received at the event is $150 per attendee. For tax purposes, sponsors and ticketholders can only deduct the portion of their contribution that exceeds $150 per attendee. For example, the tax-deductible portion of a $500 sponsorship with 2 attendees is $200.

HIAS Pennsylvania is the registered fictitious name of HIAS and Council Migration Services of Philadelphia; tax ID 23-1405597. No goods or services were provided in exchange for this charitable donation.