|Houston, TX – May 6, 2011: The Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA), will be celebrating its 19th Annual Gala on Friday, May 13 at the Omni Houston Hotel on 4 Riverway. Community, civic, corporate and business leaders are expected at this glamorous event. The evening promises to be fun and entertaining. Houston's prominent Asian stars and dancers will perform with their dazzling costumes for a charitable cause. |
The month of May is the National Asian/ Pacific month which raises the awareness about the contributions made by the Asian/ Pacific American community in the USA. APAHA raises awareness through educational projects in schools, universities, museums, and events in the local community.
Betty Gee and Tammy Gee Su are chairing this wonderful evening. ABC 13 reporters, Miya Shay and Andy Cerota will be emceeing the event. Dancing stars Mandy Kao, Randy Sim, Tammy Su, and Viet Hoang will make this evening unforgettable. Professional dancers, Martin Pelaez, Rebecca Avila, April Kunkel, and Stefan Golubovic will showcase their talent at this evening. APAHA is being led by 2011 President - Kim-Ha T Nguyen and Vice Presidents - Sam Merchant and Major Mike Wong.
Ms. Judy Wong will be presented with the 2011 President George H.W. Bush Heritage Award. Ms. Wong has excelled in a challenging career as a professional angler earning two world championships and five national titles. In 2008 she was honored by President George W. Bush in the Oval Office.
The 2011 Corporate Achievement Award will be presented to Marathon Oil Corporation for their service to ethnic communities, support to cultural, educational, and charitable programs, and to the APA awareness month.
The Vietnamese Community Center of Houston and Vicinities will receive the 2011 APA Community Service Award for outstanding services to communities with life-enriching educational, cultural, and social services programs.
The fourth recognition with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award is to be bestowed upon Dr. Rathna Kumar whom we are proud to recognize for her “Outstanding Contribution to the Arts”. She is an internationally renowned danseuse, teacher and choreographer, and the Founder-Director of the ANJALI Center for Performing Arts, the first Indian dance school in Texas, established in 1975, and one of the first in the US.
The evening includes Live and Silent Auctions. Two international business class tickets have been donated by the 5-star Qatar Airlines. Major sponsors include Fiesta Mart, Inc., Marathon Oil Corporation, UBS, Centerpoint Energy, Rupani Foundation, Titan Management, Silver Eagle Distributors, Houston Community College Systems, and Sue & Randy Sims.
For more information on APAHA, May's "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month" events, and APAHA's yearlong Asian/Pacific American education, awareness, and celebration programs, please visit the APAHA website at http://www.apaha.org; or contact the Executive Director, Shehla Zakaullah at713.784.1112 or email at Shehla@apaha.org.
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA) was formed in 1992 to "promote awareness and understanding of the Asian/Pacific American culture and its diversity through education and celebration, focusing on May, the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), and continuing throughout the year." A non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, APAHA works to enhance racial harmony in the Greater Houston area by promoting cross-cultural awareness, education, and appreciation among APA and other ethnic groups; and by collaborating with community, government, business, and academic entities to provide ongoing educational, cultural, and scholarship programs to the APA and Greater Houston communities.
In June 1977, Representatives Frank Horton of New York and Norman Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian/Pacific Heritage Week. In May 1990, the holiday was expanded further when President George H. W. Bush designated May to be Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The U.S. Census Bureau lists more than 25 such groups -- Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipinos, Indian, Pakistani, Korean, Japanese, Cambodian, Laotian, Indonesian, Thai, Burmese, Malaysian, Taiwanese, Sri Lanka, Bangladeshi, and native Hawaiians, Polynesians, New Zealanders and Australians. As Americans, they contribute to the strength of the United States, help shape its future and share in its promise and opportunity.