Tribute Fund

Who stands out to you in your family or community? By establishing a Tribute Fund, you can both honor them and support the vital work of IIBA.


2020 Tribute Fund Honorees

The Ruth Elizabeth Schwabacher Cecchetti Tribute Fund (Est. 2019)

Ruth fled Nazi Germany as a nine-year-old refugee, seeking safety in the United States, along with her family. She became fiercely patriotic and devoted to immigrants.

“She would be honored to participate in an organization like IIBA and to help further the goal of aiding immigrants and refugees coming to the United States, especially at a time like this.” –Margaret Cecchetti (Ruth’s daughter)

The Joseph Paul De Luca Tribute Fund (Est. 2019)

Born in Fascist Italy, Joseph was separated from his family at nine months old. They reunited in the U.S. when he was 16. He graduated from UCLA, attended law school, and received a Purple Heart for his service in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

“While he is no longer with us, his story and memories are ever present.” –Teresa De Luca Schooler (Joseph’s Sister)

The Michael Desmond Tribute Fund (Est. 2019)

Michael Desmond immigrated to the U.S. through Ellis Island in the early 1900s. He served as a detective on San Francisco’s waterfront.

“His choice to make San Francisco his home shaped the direction of our lives. The future he created for our family inspires us to help today’s immigrants secure their families’ futures as well.” –The Dumesnil Family

The Mary MacHarg Halsted Lonergan Tribute Fund (Est. 2018)

Mary volunteered as an ESL teacher with IIBA and served on the Institute’s Board for many years.

“She was the spark that started our family’s three decades of service to immigrants and our ongoing commitment to the work of IIBA.” –The Halsted and Lonergan Families

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