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New Americans gala to honor immigrant families

El Dorado founders, Channel 10 reporter among those honored by Catholic Legal Services

MIAMI | Catholic Legal Services of the Archdiocese of Miami will present its annual New American Awards Gala, this year with the theme, “We Are Family,” on Thursday, May 16, at The Rusty Pelican restaurant on Key Biscayne, beginning with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m.

The New American Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals with immigrant backgrounds who have significantly contributed to our community and enriched our collective identity as Americans. The gala is also Catholic Legal Services’ major fundraising event. This year, the New American Awards will celebrate the contributions of families.

The 2019 honorees are: the Capó Family, founders of El Dorado Furniture; Angelo E. Gousse, MD, urological surgeon, urologist and his family; the Antilles Province of the Society of Jesus, who administer Miami’s Belen Jesuit Prep, represented by their religious superior, Jesuit Father Alberto García; and Eric Yutzy, anchor and reporter for ABC 10 News, Emmy and Associated Press award-winner, and his family.

Catholic Legal Services is a nationally recognized agency with an experienced team of attorneys and immigration professionals whose mission is to provide professional legal services to immigrants and refugees who lack the means to obtain representation, without regard to faith or national origin. 

More than 2,000 individuals seek the services of CLS each month, including immigrants seeking to reunite with their families, many of whom were separated at the border; political and religious refugees seeking safety and security, many of whom have experienced persecution and torture; battered spouses and their children; and long-term residents of the United States with significant family and community ties who face deportation.

Individual tickets are $250. Sponsorship opportunities for the gala are available. For more information, go to

The Rusty Pelican is located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149.

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