MOSAIC Awards

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This dinner event recognizes new or first-generation immigrants and refugees who are making a significant contribution in their professions and in our community. To learn more visit: https://jfcslouisville.org/mosaic-awards/ Louisville Marriott Downtown 280 West Jefferson Street Louisville, KY 40202 Date: May 23, 2019 5:00 pm – Reception and Micro Business Showcase 6:30 pm – Dinner and Program $150/person

Meet our 2019 MOSAIC Award Honorees: Fred Gross

Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Fred Gross was a toddler when Nazi Germany began targeting the Jews in Europe. His family escaped the genocide of millions of Jews, and they found freedom on the Norfolk, Virginia, docks in 1946. Years later while on a trip to Europe in 1984, Fred’s wife, Carolyn, started questioning family members and began to piece together …

Meet our 2019 MOSAIC Award Honorees: Surekha Kulkarni

Surekha Kulkarni is a social entrepreneur, jewelry designer and founder and program director of Beaded Treasures Project. When Surekha moved from India to Louisville in 1986, she did so to help her son Nikhil, who has dyslexia and the schools in India were not able to make the needed accommodations. “We felt like we had no choice and so we …

Meet our 2019 MOSAIC Award Honorees: Keisha Deonarine

Keisha Deonarine was born in Trinidad, stating “our ancestry is Indian, and we have a lot of Indian culture, but we are West Indian or Caribbean Indian. as well.”  Her family moved to Brooklyn, NY, when she was 3 years old, and then to Fort Lauderdale, FL, when her parents “realized that there’s a cold winter [in New York].” She …

Meet our 2019 MOSAIC Award Honorees: James Racine

James Racine, known to most as Maestro J, grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Both of his parents were musicians and educators; his father, a flutist/composer/conductor, and his mother, an educator/violinist.  Beginning at the age of 4, Maestro J learned to play the violin, mostly by ear, and later also learned to play the piano and flute.  As a child, scholarships …

Meet our 2019 MOSAIC Award Honorees: Purna Veer

Purna Veer grew up the son of a farmer near Hyderabad, located in southern India. He moved to the United States in 1997 “with a single suitcase.” Raised as a Renaissance man, Veer is a nationally recognized entrepreneur & business leader at the helm of V-Soft Consulting Group Inc., a software company started in 1997 & is one of the …