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FIRN to honor residents May 7

Francis A. Afoakwah, licensing coordinator for Maryland State Social Services Administration, and his wife, Joyce, a residential assistant at Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, will be honored May 7 for their contributions to the community and the county's economy at the sixth annual American Success Awards dinner sponsored by the Foreign-Born Information and Referral Network.

Also to be honored are Peter S. Lee, owner of Leeway Development Group, and Dr. Saba S. Sheikh, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Commissioner of the Howard County Commission on Aging, volunteer physician at the MCC Free Clinic in Silver Spring, and lead organizer of the Howard County Muslim Foundation Health Fair.

Francis Afoakwah, who emigrated to the United States from Ghana and worked at menial jobs while learning English, now monitors child placement facilities statewide for the Maryland State Social Services Administration and is a part-time member of Grassroots' Mobile Crisis Team. He is a founding member and president of the Asante Kotoko Association, which educates the community about Ghanaian culture and facilitates the assimilation of immigrants in Maryland, Washington and Virginia.

Lee, who emigrated to the United States from Korea with his wife, Grace, to pursue a college education, settled in Baltimore with only $25 in his pocket. He is now a real estate developer, an elder of the Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church, executive director of Korean American Food for the Hungry International, and president of Sejong Scholarship Foundation of North America.

Dr. Sheikh, who emigrated to the United States from Pakistan via Saudi Arabia, has demonstrated a commitment to community service and has built a thriving medical practice in Howard County.

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