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TimesLedger Salutes Queens Ambassadors

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Honorees of the 2017 Ambassador Awards, presented by TimesLedger newspapers to Queens immigrants who have made a difference in our community in the fields of medicine, art, business, law and philanthropy,
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Narbada Chhetri (r.) with Wesley Sin.
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Marlene Tseng Yu (r.) with Wesley Sin.
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Naresh Gehi (r.) with Wesley Sin.
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Svea Schneider (r.) with Wesley Sin.
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Yeou-Cheng Ma (r.) with Wesley Sin.
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Rita Maruca (r.) with Brian Rice.
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Rev. Fr. Dr. Theodor Damian (r.) with Brian Rice.
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Peter Tu (r.) with Brian Rice.
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Sandy Arias (r.) with Brian Rice.
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Margaret Yang (c.) and Eugene Choi (r., accepting for Elaine Kim) with Brian Rice.
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Carlos Humberto Cardona (r.) with Winnie Benjamin.
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Branka Duknic (r.) with Winnie Benjamin.
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Nadine Grigsby (r.) with Winnie Benjamin.
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Jorge Munoz Zapata (r.) with Winnie Benjamin.
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Annette M. Hurd-Runcie (r.) with Winnie Benjamin.
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Meera Venugopal Nair (r.) with Winnie Benjamin.
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Uday Patil (r.) with Roz Liston.
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Diego Salazar (r.) with Roz Liston.
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Liu Tee Shu (r.) with Roz Liston.
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Monika Wroblewski (second from l.) and her family with Roz Liston.
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Tahl Leibovitz (r.) with Roz Liston.
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Elise Saint Louis (r.) with Roz Liston.
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Pap Koudjo (r.) with Roz Liston.
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Honoree Margaret Yang (l.) and a friend look at her bio in the Ambassador Awards program.
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Honoree Rita Maruca (c.), founder of Parkview Realty, is toasted at her table by friends and family.
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Honoree Rita Maruca (c.), founder of Parkview Realty, is toasted at her table by freinds and family.
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Our cake, and eaten too.
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Assemblyman Ron Kim delivers the keynore address at the gala.

Queens takes great pride in its rich ethnic diversity.

People flock here from all over the globe to put down roots, joining other family members who have established a beachhead in one neighborhood or even striking out on their own to start their own community.

The borough president likes to say — actually it’s a boast — that Queens has residents from more than 120 countries who speak over 135 languages. We are known as the “World’s Borough.”

What better way to acknowledge the invaluable contributions these immigrants have made to Queens than to honor 25 of them for their vision, perseverance and willingness to share their unique cultures with all of us.

Our honorees hail from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. One is a highly celebrated framer in Long Island City, another is an exiled newspaper editor who is helping immigrants adjust to New York life, and still another is a violinist who runs the Children’s Orchestra Society her father founded.

These newcomers have already left an indelible mark on Queens, achieving success despite some major obstacles along the way. At the same time, they have never forgotten their roots and are committed to giving back to the communities where they now live.

It is a gift to have them living and working among us in the most diverse county in the United States — and probably the world.

Updated 8:15 pm, November 15, 2017
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