2020 MLK Countywide Celebration 

The Cities of Champaign and Urbana, the Champaign County Board, Parkland College, Village of Rantoul and the University of Illinois celebrated the legacy of Dr. King at the 19th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration held at Vineyard Church on January 17, 2020.

2020 Award Recipients

  • James R. Burgess, Jr. – Susan Freiburg Humanitarian Award – Austin’s Place
  • Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award – Reverend Rickey E. Parks
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award – New American Welcome Center & Nathaniel (Nate) L. Dixon

Watch the 2020 MLK Countywide Celebration Video


Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony and Celebration

The Cities of Champaign and Urbana, the CU Immigration Forum, and the Urbana Free Library are proud to co-sponsor the Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony and Celebration. This event is held in conjunction with Welcoming Week, a national week of events that brings both immigrants and U.S.-born residents together in a spirit of unity and raises awareness of the benefits of fostering an inclusive society. In 2017, the Cities merged the Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards (CUIHA) with the Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony, as a new collaborative way to celebrate the accomplishments of local residents and organizations who are positively impacting lives both here and around the world.

2020 Celebration

The 7th Annual Immigrant Welcome Awards Ceremony and Celebration will be held on September 19, 2020 at 4pm.  Come celebrate the diversity of cultures that make up our community with music and special guests. The Ceremony recognizes the contributions of individuals and organizations that have created a welcoming atmosphere for immigrants in the Champaign-Urbana community. This event will be held electronically, please click here to register. 

2019 Immigrant Welcome Award Recipients

  • Business Leadership Award –Ruth Wyman Law Office
  • Community Impact Award – Bend the Arc: Champaign-Urbana, Dr. Annie Abbott
  • Distinguished Leadership Service Awards – Claire Szoke
  • Leadership Awards – Guadalupe Abreu
  • Student Leadership Award – Susan Ogwal

Learn more about the 2019 award winners

Watch the 2019 Immigrant Welcome Awards Video


Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards – (Retired)

From 2002-2016, the Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards (CUIHA) were held annually to celebrate the achievements of Champaign County residents and organizations making significant contributions to international causes.  In 2017, the Cities formed a new collaboration with other local organizations who also honor those involved in humanitarian causes.  As a result of this new partnership, the Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards are now included in the annual Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony and Celebration, which is detailed above.  The merging of these similar award programs reaffirms Champaign-Urbana’s commitment to celebrating both local and international humanitarian efforts.  The Cities continue to honor and recognize the achievements of all past CUIHA winners, as well as those who remain committed to improving our global community.