The American Civic Association in Binghamton, which assists immigrants and refugees adjust to their adopted community, is celebrating its 75th anniversary and prepares for the annual All Nations Ball on April 5th.

Speaking on the March 15 edition of the weekly local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up, ACA executive director, Andrew Baranoski talks about how the non-profit agency got started and how several programs to assist immigrants have changed or been added while other programs, like teaching new residents English, have remained a staple at the ACA.

Baranoski also talks about the All Nations Ball at the McKinley and how the annual event that celebrates the diversity of the community and offers an opportunity for Broome County residents to get to know their neighbors while enjoying ethnic food and entertainment.

This year's host country is actually a region, featuring Latin American culture including Argentina, Haiti, Brazil and Mexico.

The All Nation's Ball is one of the biggest fundraisers for the American Civic Association to support its programs, which do not receive any government funding.

More information about the ACA and the All Nation's Ball can be found at www.americancivic.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the website.

Southern Tier Close Up can be heard Saturdays at 12:10 p.m. on News Radio 1290 WNBF.