May 20th “America: A Nation of Immigrants” At Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel

World Affairs Council of Orange County in cooperation with the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) presents “America: A Nation of Immigrants” and presentation of the Ellis Island Humanitarian Award to Herbert V. Nootbaar.

At this unique World Affairs Council event, Herbert V. Nootbaar will be honored with the Ellis Island Humanitarian Award, presented by Mr. Nasser J. Kazeminy, Chairman of the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations which sponsors the prestigious Ellis Island Medals of Honor celebrating American diversity and honoring individuals who have made an indelible mark upon the nation. Mr. Nootbaar will be recognized for his extraordinary achievements in business, humanitarian endeavors and significant contributions to the nation. As a distinguished national leader in agribusiness, Mr. Nootbaar’s visionary leadership and philanthropic generosity were the foundation of the Herb and Elinor Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics at Pepperdine University. In addition to his numerous accomplishments and contributions in a life extending for more than 105 years, his continued leadership as a Trustee of the World Affairs Council of Orange County is one of which we are especially proud.

Panel Includes 2014 and past Ellis Island Medal honorees:

Following the presentation by Chairman Kazeminy to Mr. Nootbaar, a panel of Ellis Island Medalists, including two 2014 Medal recipients, will discuss the meaning of America as an immigrant nation, including their personal stories and those of their families…stories that will educate, enlighten and inspire.

• Bijan Kian – Immediate past Director of the US Export-Import Bank, appointed by the President
• Gaddi Vasquez – Former Director of the Peace Corps and Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, appointed by the President
• Charles Zhang – Entrepreneur and founder of Pick UP Stix restaurant line and Asceptic Solutions, USA
• Goli Ameri – Former Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, appointed by the President

Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Location: Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel
686 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, Ca. 92626

Self Parking – Complimentary (included in price)

6:00 pm General Reception * 7:00 pm Dinner * 7:45 pm Program

Members – $65 * Non-Members – $80
Member (Table of 10) – $600 * Non-Member (Table of 10) – $750
Member – ½ table (5 seats) – $300 * Student – $45
Member – Program Only: $15 (No Meal and No Parking) – Arrive at 7:30 pm