SCOTT KEELER | Times
Thirty refugees to the United States became US Citizens, Friday, as they were sworn in during a Naturalization Oath Ceremony, Friday, 6/16/17 at Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg. Front, left to right: are new US citizens Ali Alazzawi who is from Iraq, and Mileydis Guerra from Cuba. 30 refugees became US citizens. The ceremony also included recognition to World Refugee Day.
30 former refugees were sworn in today as new US citizens at Pinellas Technical College. World Refugee Day was also celebrated at the event as various former refugees were honored for their service around Tampa Bay.
Dancers from The Democratic Republic of the Congo entertained guests and their families with a "Dance of Hope," for the new US citizens.
New US citizen, Ali Alazzawi, a native of Baghdad, Iraq, said he has great hope as he looks to the future with his family in the US. "I want to thank everyone for this great opportunity I have been given," he said.
Of the 30 newest citizens, a third are Cuban. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colombia, Philippines and Venezuela each had two. The others came from as nearby as Haiti and as far as Burma.Full Story
ANDRES LEIVA | Times
From left, Vice President of Phoenix House Florida Maria Alvarez, Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman, President and CEO of Phoenix House Ann Bray, Turn 2 Foundation Founder Derek Jeter, Turn 2 Foundation President Sharlee Jeter, and Phoenix House alum Alex Hinderscheid, pose for a photo before cutting the ribbon dedicating Phoenix House's newly renovated Derek Jeter Youth Addiction Treatment Center in Brandon, Fla., on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The new facility doubles the center's treatment capacity over its previous location on West Waters Avenue in Tampa.
On Tuesday, former New York Yankees shortstop and founder of the Turn 2 Foundation Derek Jeter and his sister, Turn 2 Foundation President Sharlee Jeter, attended the dedication ceremony for Phoenix House's newly renovated Derek Jeter Youth Addiction Treatment Center in Brandon, Fla. The new facility doubles the center's treatment capacity over its previous location on West Waters Avenue in Tampa. A $850,000 contribution by Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation funded the new facility, but a surprise contribution of $150,000 unveiled during the ceremony raised the total to $1,000,000.Full Story