May 14, 2019 at 7:00pm

Annual Awards Gala Dinner

The annual APAICS Awards Gala Dinner is the premier event in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.


The APAICS Annual Awards Gala Dinner is the culmination of our nation’s recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, a celebration of the culture, traditions, history, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. We expect more than 1,000 attendees from across the country, including community, business, and political leaders.

The gala is the largest gathering of Asian American and Pacific Islander elected officials and government appointees at the federal, state, and local levels. Past speakers and awardees at the dinner include President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Senator Mazie Hirono, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Martha Choe, Deepa Iyer, George Takei, Daniel Dae Kim, and Randall Park, among others.

Ticket Levels and Prices

Corporate $500
Community / Non-Profit / Military $350
Community Early Bird $300
APAICS Alumni $200
Student $150

2018 Speakers & Awardees

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal

Keynote Address

Senator Mazie Hirono

Lifetime Achievement Award

Daniel Dae Kim

Vision Award

Solicitor General Preeta Bansal

Stewardship Award

Livingston “Jack” Wong

Community Achievement Award

The Coca-Cola Company

Corporate Achievement Award

Sonya Gavankar & Tamlyn Tomita

Mistresses of Ceremony

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please contact Helen Ruggiero


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