For Immediate Release Contact: Sia Her
April 26, 2013 (651) 757-1740
The Community celebrates May as Asian American and Pacific Islanders’
Heritage Month with Dinner and Leadership Awards
ST. PAUL, MN – The Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans is pleased to once again host, with the support of community, business, and government partners, the annual Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month Dinner. In 1993, to honor the achievements and contributions of Asian/Pacific Americans, Congress, by Public Law 102-450, designated the month of May each year as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.” The Heritage Month Dinner has since become a tradition for the Asian Pacific Minnesotan community – each year, it brings together hundreds of community members and leaders from the API community and the non-profit, faith, government, and business communities.
Dinner will be held on Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Ramada Plaza Minneapolis, 1330 Industrial Boulevard, Minneapolis, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The dinner will feature keynote speaker, Colet Lahoz, a pioneer in the practice of holistic medicine in the United States and the founder of the East West Acupuncture Clinic. To honor the achievements of leaders in the API community, the 2013 Asian Pacific Leadership Awards will be presented.
Leadership Awards are given to honor, recognize, and celebrate the work of individuals and organizations that have demonstrated continuous commitment to and leadership in the Asian Pacific Minnesotan community. The Council is pleased to announce this year’s recipients:
David Zander, Recipient of the Lifetime service award
Dr. Bernard Quebral, MD, Recipient of the Outstanding Community Leadership Service Award
Zafar Siddiqui, Recipient of the Humanitarian award
The dinner is supported by the financial contributions of businesses and community based non-profits and organizations. Lead sponsors are Blue Cross Blue Shields of Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Minnesotan National Guard, ECOLAB, Minnesota Korean Service Center, Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota, Japanese American Citizens League, Think Small, Samoan Organization of Minnesota, and Minnesota Historical Society.
Dinner tickets are $40.00 each. Please RSVP with Pa Yang at the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans at 651-757-1740 or email to confirm your presence firstname.lastname@example.org.