Honorees 2014

 H.E. DR. KAIRAT UMAROV
AMBASSADOR OF KAZAHSTAN TO THE UNITED STATES
for promoting awareness of cultural heritage among the people of Kazakhstan, Russia and the United States, and for strengthening ties between the United States and Kazakhstan by co-chairing the Kazakhstan-United States Strategic Partnership Commission

ALEXANDER LEVIN
PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD FORUM OF RUSSIAN SPEAKING JEWRY
for creating the “Russian-American Person of the Year” program that unifies diverse communities of Russian-speaking Americans and for unwavering contributions to the World Forum of Russian Speaking Jewry

DAVID HALLBERG
PRINCIPAL DANCER WITH THE BOLSHOI BALLET AND THE AMERICAN BALLET THEATER
for being the first American named a Premiere at Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet, to become a role model of a positive dialogue between cultures, people, and countries of the United States and Russia

BOAZ VAADIA
INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SCULPTOR
for exceptional contributions in promoting Bukharian heritage and culture through his artwork, and for his artistic pursuit of uniting Nature and Humanity, Stone Age and Digital Age through his expressive “bluestone” sculptures

THE RUSSIAN AMERICAN OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
in honor of its 10th Anniversary and all of its members for successfully representing the Russian-American community at over 29 NYC, NYS and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, while ensuring the safety and well-being of all communities