On Saturday April 28, ACCESS honored two prominent Arab American public servants as 2012 Arab Americans of the Year. Ambassadors Selwa “Lucky” Roosevelt, and Edward M. Gabriel accepted the awards before an audience of nearly 2,000 ACCESS friends and supporters during the ACCESS 41st Anniversary Dinner at the Detroit Marriott. Both awardees talked about how their Arab heritage grounded them in life as they went on achieve great successes. The event also featured scholarship presentations by philanthropist Russell Ebeid and a spotlight on the Teen Grant-making Initiative, a program empowering youth to give back to their fellow youth in the community. NAAMA- MI was one of several sponsors of this great event and was privileged to support ACCESS as an organization helping all people of Arabic heritage in many ways like healthcare, social and economic.