DAS 2018 End of Year Party
December 7 @ 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm$95 – $105
DAS 2018 End of Year Party
Join us to celebrate the Dante Alighieri Society End of Year Party at the Detroit Historical Museum – Streets of Old Detroit @ 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Live music performed by the D-TOUR Band
6:30 pm Open doors
7:00 pm dinner followed by the Dante Citizen Award Presentation.
Ticket Prices: DAS Members $95.00 – Non-Members $105.00
Price includes dinner, wine, Museum and live entertainment.
Attire: Formal/Cocktail | RSPS: December 1, 2018
We are very excited about our 2018 End of year Party.
DAS will crown this year with a celebration which includes the “Dante Distinctive Citizen Award” ceremony to honor admirable members of the community that with effort and passion strive to promote the Italian culture and language in our area. We are pleased to announce that for 2018 the recipient is Maria Harris.
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Maria immigrated to the United States from Italy with her parents at a very young age. In her new country, she learned that education was vitally important and began to develop her knowledge, skills and capabilities. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree of Science in Accounting, a Masters Degree in Taxation, and has also taught accounting classes at the college level.
Her career expanded to working in the fields of accounting and financial management, holding positions with companies in the automotive design, engineering services, residential building industries in the USA, and special assignment in Germany. She worked as an accountant and tax specialist with public accounting firms, and currently consults with an Italian company that has start-up operations in the United States.
For several years Maria has been extensively involved in promoting Italian language and culture by serving on the Boards of numerous non-profit organizations: AMIT, Italian American Cultural Society, Verdi Opera Theatre, NOI Foundation, Dante Alighieri, and the Italian American Club of Livonia, where she is now the President of their Charitable Foundation. As President, Maria is passionate about partnering with other non-profit organizations to advance Italian culture and supporting worthy causes in the community. She emphasizes the importance of offering generous college scholarships to students of Italian descent and encouraging young adults to join in the endeavor of carrying on the mission in the future.
In addition to her continued commitment to the Italian community, she has been actively involved with organizations that promote women in business and that encourage education for children. Having experienced the challenges of immigration, she is an officer of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (IIMD). She offers her insights to IIMD as they assist refugees and immigrants with naturalization, employment applications, skills training and English classes. In 2019, when IIMD celebrates its Centennial, Maria will co-chair the event.
In 1994, Maria was honored with the title “Cavaliere of the Italian Republic” and in 1981 received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Detroit College of Business.
She is the proud mother of a dynamic daughter and adores her son-in-law and her three outstanding grandchildren. Maria loves to spent her free time with family and friends.