The Annual Dinner to commemorate May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month will be held on Friday, May 15, 2009 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Hmong American Center, home of the non-profit organization, Hmong American Partnership. It is located at 1075 Arcade Street in St. Paul.
The cost of the dinner is $25.00 per person and sponsorships of the dinner is welcomed and still available. The dinner is a unique, special event which brings many differing ethnic groups and organizations together in celebration.
The dinner program will consist of a keynote address by Jon Campbell, Wells Fargo Bank’s Head of Social Responsibilities Group; the presentation of the annual Asian Pacific Leadership Awards; and a cultural performance by Julie Troung of the Chinese American Association of Minnesota’s Dance Theater.
The Council is pleased to announce this year’s slate of awardees for the “Asian Pacific Leadership Awards”:
Mr. Tanweer A. Janjua for outstanding contribution and demonstrating vision and leadership in civil engagement through his educational efforts and outreach to get out and increase the Asian American and Pacific Islander vote;
Mr. K. Dennis Kim, Ph.D., P.E. of EVS, Inc. for outstanding contribution to his field and showing leadership and vision in the business sector; and
Mr. Bryan Douglas Thao Worra, National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellow, poet and activist for outstanding contribution to the Asian Pacific Islander arts and literature movement in Minnesota.
Additionally, the Board has chosen to recognize Mr. Vy V. Pham with the “Distinguished Service” Award for his many years of commitment to and efforts on behalf of the community and public service.Congratulations to the other recipients of Asian Pacific Leadership Awards as well!
This year’s theme will be “Across the Waves: In Pursuit of a Good Life.”