May 14, 2019 at 7:00pm

25th Anniversary 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 (available until March 14, 2019) $300
APAICS Alumni $200
Student $150

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Corporate $2,500
Community / Non-Profit $1,500

2019 Speakers & Awardees

New speakers and awardees will be announced regularly over the next few months.

Honorable Ruby G. Moy

Lifetime Achievement Award

Honorable Ruby G. Moy

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ruby G. Moy, a native Washingtonian, has been a leader in the Asian American community for more than two decades.¬† She started her Hill career with Congressman Frank Horton (R-NY) as Chief of Staff for 15 years and is noted for spearheading the legislation (with Horton and Congressman Norman¬† Y. Mineta (D-CA) proclaiming the Month of May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (originally May 4-10 and then expanding it to one month); served as staff to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Chief of Staff’s Office; Executive Assistant to the Honorable Alexis M. Herman, Assistant to the President (Bill Clinton) for Public Liaison; and then she was appointed by President Bill Clinton as Director of the U.S. Commission¬† on Civil Rights.¬† She was the first AAPI to work for Administrations on both sides of the aisle as well as the last year of President John F. Kennedy.¬† Upon her retirement from government service, Moy served as Senior Advisor and then Acting Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS).¬† She then transitioned to her current role as President and CEO of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Association of Colleges and Universities (APIACU).

Sponsorship Opportunities

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