FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Floyd Mori, APAICS President, CEO
Washington, D.C. – The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) held its 23rd annual Gala Awards Dinner during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The event was held at the Washington Hilton Hotel in the nation’s capital. Over 800 people were in attendance, including many community and organization leaders.
The mistress of ceremonies for the Gala was Elaine Quijano, an anchor for CBSN and correspondent for CBS News in New York City. The Presentation of the Colors was by an Armed Forces Color Guard from the U.S. Army Military District Washington, D.C. Larissa Lam sang the National Anthem and provided entertainment along with her husband, Only Won.
Greetings and remarks were extended by Floyd Mori, President/CEO of APAICS, Susan Jin Davis, APAICS Board Chair, and Tariq Khan, APAICS Gala Committee Chair. Congresswoman Judy Chu, chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), gave remarks. The Honorable Norman Mineta, one of the founders of APAICS and CAPAC, was in attendance and participated on the program.
The Keynote Speaker, who held the audience spellbound with an excellent talk, was Senator Cory Booker (NJ). Several other members of Congress were in attendance including: Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL) and Representatives Al Green (TX), Grace Meng (NY), Stephanie Murphy (FL), Bobby Scott (VA), and Mark Takano (CA).
Tribute was paid to two CAPAC members who passed away since the last Gala Dinner, the Honorable Eni Faleomavaega and the Honorable Mark Takei.
Two former APAICS Congressional Fellows who were honored are Nisha Ramachandran and Jason Tengco. The 2017 APAICS Congressional Fellows are Adi Sathi, Anna Byon, Howard Ou, Saif Inam, and Tejeswara Reddy. The Corporate Achievement Award was presented to Verizon.
The Community Leader Award was given to Chanchanit Martorell, Executive Director of the Thai Community Development Center, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles. Ms. Martorell has been active in human rights causes and advocacy.
Randall Park, a popular actor born and raised in Los Angeles, was presented with the Vision Award. Mr. Park has appeared on the big screen and has received many awards. He currently stars in the TV comedy series, Fresh Off The Boat.
APAICS thanks all those who participated in and supported the 2017 Gala. Appreciation is especially given to the sponsors. The list of sponsors and more information on APAICS and the Gala may be found at the website: www.apaics.org.