California leaders recognized at APIA Heritage Gala

DSC_1487-webSACRAMENTO, CA: Several hundred community members, industry leaders, and elected officials gathered at the Sacramento Convention Center to honor Asian & Pacific Islander American (APIA) trailblazers during the APIA Heritage Month Gala.

This event will support the work of the newly formed Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus (APILC) Foundation, which will promote and support the history, culture, and heritage of APIAs. The APILC Foundation is committed to increasing the civic engagement and participation of the APIA community.

“According to the Asian & Pacific American Legal Center, registered Asian American voters increased 51% from 2000 to 2008,” stated Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-Cuptertino), Board Chair for the APILC Foundation. “This illustrates the APIA community’s tremendous interest about the future of our economy, education, and healthcare. The APILC Foundation will lead in engaging these communities on these policy issues that affect every aspect of their lives.”

The APIA Heritage Month Gala recognized several leaders for their contributions to the community and beyond. The honorees included Speaker of the Assembly John A. Pérez, Leadership & Vision Award; Former Director of UCSB Women’s Center Sharon Hoshida, Excellence in Public Service; U.S. Olympic Double Gold Medalist Sammy Lee, Excellence in Sports; California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu, Excellence in Law; California Labor Federation Legislative Director Angie Wei, Excellence in Labor; and UC Hastings Chancellor and Dean Frank Wu, Excellence in Education.

“While APIAs have a rich and vibrant history in California, a lot of times we find that that this community can sometimes be ignored,” stated Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara), Board Secretary for the Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus (APILC) Foundation. “Recognizing these leaders allows us an opportunity to celebrate these individuals for their accomplishments, as well as put a face to the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States.”

Pamela Wu, former weekend anchorwomen for the NBC affiliate in the Sacramento area, served as Master of Ceremonies of the events. Members of the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus presented the awards to the honorees.

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