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June 25, 2022
International Institute of New England honors Moderna’s Bancel, raises $2.1M
International Institute of New England

June 8, 2022 — The International Institute of New England (IINE) recently hosted the 40th Golden Door Award Gala, its annual signature event honoring a foreign-born leader who has made outstanding contributions to American society.

This year's event, which honored French immigrant and Chief Executive Officer of Moderna Inc., Stéphane Bancel, raised an unprecedented $2.1 million, making it the highest-grossing fundraising event in IINE's history.

"We are very grateful for the outpouring of support for the Golden Door Award Gala honoring Stéphane Bancel, the CEO of Moderna," said Jeff Thielman, President and CEO of the International Institute of New England. "The event raised more than $2 million, our most successful fundraiser ever. More importantly, the event raised awareness in the broader community about how critical refugees and immigrants are to every aspect of American life and how much support they need from our communities."

The gala, which raised an additional $17,000 the night of the event, also featured a keynote by Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Baker, who emphasized the importance of both Moderna's contribution in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of immigrants to the Commonwealth.

The International Institute of New England chose to honor Mr. Bancel at this year's event for his impactful and transformative leadership on the world stage during the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. His commitment to recruiting and elevating talent and expertise from around the globe embodies the potential of IINE's mission.

"We thank Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, for accepting the 40th annual Golden Door Award this past Friday, June 3," said Jeff Thielman. "He has helped us invite extraordinary support in a time of unprecedented need for our refugee aid services. Mr. Bancel, a remarkable individual and friend to IINE, is honored for his extraordinary contribution to medicine that has changed our world. "

The International Institute of New England plans to use the funds raised during this event to continue to strengthen its refugee resettlement and immigrant support services in New England, and to respond to the thousands of Ukrainian refugees, Haitian families, Afghan evacuees, and other refugees in services. Each year IINE serves nearly 2,000 refugees and immigrants across our three sites in Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts, and Manchester, New Hampshire

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