Asian and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California’s 1st Annual Awards Gala

On October 25, 2014, Asian and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (APIDC) will host its 1st Annual Gala at the beautiful Cicada Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. APIDC’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be bestowed upon the former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, for his role in supporting the historic passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is a unique opportunity to recognize Mr. Mineta’s many contributions to our country.

Mineta’s commitment to people with disabilities started back in the 1970’s when he was asked by a good friend to spend his first week as San Jose mayor in a wheelchair. It shaped his commitment to people with disabilities, which is best exemplified by his leadership in getting the transportation portions of the ADA passed. Also being honored and a great supporter, AT&T will be receiving the Corporate Leadership Award.

Diginitaries attending include: Consul General of Japan Harry Horinouchi and Mrs. Horinouchi; State Controller John Chiang; LA County Supervisor Don Knabe; West Covina City Councilmember James Toma; Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Akemi Arakaki; Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance Ito; Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta; Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Tim Saito; Los Angeles Community College Trustee Mike Eng; and Pasadena City College Trustee Linda Wah.

You can find more information on tickets at the APIDC website.

Event Details
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014

5:00 PM cocktail reception
6:30 PM dinner & program

Location: Cicada Restaurant
617 S. Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Valet parking available
ADA accessible

Black-tie optional

Featuring Silent Auction Items from:
NBCUniversal, Warner Brothers, Disneyland, Lakers, Sanrio (Hello Kitty), Maison Akira, Roy’s Restaurant, Prince Hotel (Hawaii), CHI Nail Bar, Mishima foods, and more!

Proceeds from the gala will be used to support APIDC’s outreach and educational services, including its Youth Leadership Institute and 2016 statewide conference. PIDC’s newest programs is a Leadership Institute where college students with disabilities are taught public speaking, media, advocacy, organizing and fundraising skills to become future leaders. The 2014 graduates of the inaugural Leadership Institute are continuing their participation in APIDC as Student Ambassadors. They will be introduced during the VIP Reception and will be speaking during the Program. The Student Leadership Graduates include:

Raymond Kwong, a student at Pasadena City College who has a visual disability, has been a mentor to young people with disabilities as a co-founder of Survive or Thrive, and has provided ongoing support, helping mentees practice self advocacy and independent living skills.

Joanne Lee, an international business undergraduate major at Pasadena City College is a member of the Associated Students Academic Commission, advocating on behalf of student needs, and is committed to making a difference for marginalized people. Joanne serves on the Blood Committee for the AGS Honor Society, and volunteers with the American Red Cross.

Daphna Patel, a student at Pasadena City College, is President and founding member of a campus club called Students Unlimited which supports students with disabilities. The club has been described by college administrators as having a positive impact on students with and without disabilities.

Kevin Phung attends Rio Hondo College as a psychology major. Mark Matsui, Rio Hondo’s Director of Disabled Students Program & Services, describes how Kevin has distinguished himself as a founding member of a student organization called Active Minds, which is dedicated to erasing the stigma surrounding mental health challenges.

Silkvia To, is a rehabilitation major at California State University LA whose career goal is to work with people with disabilities.
Since 1999, APIDC has been a unique bridge between the Asian communities—traditionally under-served due to language and cultural barriers— and mainstream agencies and organizations serving people with disabilities.

Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to raising the visibility of Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) with physical, mental and developmental disabilities. APIs with disabilities are an under-served population in employment, education, health and social services due to cultural and language barriers. Created in 1999, APIDC is believed to be the only organization of its kind in the country dedicated to advocating on behalf of APIs with disabilities. It was created because many families and people with disabilities are not familiar with available resources, and because many mainstream agencies serving people with disabilities find it difficult to access our Asian communities.

APIDC convenes statewide conferences, which bring together consumers and service providers to network with each other. The conferences have been attended by hundreds of people who have reiterated the need for such conferences for information sharing, support and social networking purposes. APIDC also conducts smaller seminars to educate people about services, and provides a Speakers Series highlighting APIs with disabilities who have become local and national leaders.

Sejong Soloists

Sejong Soloists Annual Benefit Concert

The Sejong Soloists Annual Benefit Concert is a dual celebration this year, to commemorate Sejong’s 20th anniversary and honor artistic director Hyo Kang. Join the festivities on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at the Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center.

On this rare occasion, six world-class violinists join Sejong Soloists in a program of virtuosic violin repertoire. Special guests Gil Shaham, Chee-Yun, Catherine Cho, Yura Lee and founding leaders Adele Anthony and David Chan will perform together for an unforgettable gala concert.

Highlights of the evening include Bach Concerto for Two Violins, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Sarasato Navarra and Leonard Spanish Serenade. Other works by Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, and more.

Paula Zahn, Emmy award-winning journalist, will host the gala for the 12th consecutive year.

$300 Concert and Meet the artists reception
$94.50, $44.50 Concert only

You can purchase tickets here.

Tuesday, Oct. 28
7:30 p.m.

Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
New York, NY


Father School USA’s 1st Annual Golf & Dinner Fundraiser

This year’s golf tournament and dinner fundraiser will be held at the well-manicured and private setting of California Country Club in Whittier, CA.

Enjoy a complete program of special events, 18 holes of golf (including cart), bag lunch, drinks, snacks, goody bag, raffle prizes, and an exciting awards dinner at a private country club…All for just $100/player.

This fundraiser is open to everyone (men or women) and does not have to be a graduate of Father School. For those who cannot make it to golf, we still encourage you to come for Dinner/Award/Prizes only.

$30 / person for Dinner/Prizes only. NY steak and Alaska salmon combo dish Raffle prizes may include: 42” LED TV, golf clubs, golf playing lesson, Warrior custom golf gift cards, and many more… (raffle ticket $5/each).

$0 / person for newcomers to Father School for the entire golf and dinner event as long as the person signs up for upcoming Father School Retreat (1/2/15-1/4/15, and 1/10/15) for $200/person (pay by 11/7/14).

Please come out, have fun, and raise funds for YOUR Father School. Please contact Dean Choi or Scott Pfister to register, volunteer, or for any sponsorship info.

Father School USA is a 501(c) non-profit organization. Your participation and

sponsorship is tax deductible.

Golf attire is required. Collared shirts and slacks/golf shorts.

Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Location: California Country Club
1509 Workman Mill Rd
Whittier, CA 90601
Phone: 626-968-4222

Cost: $125/player
$100/player register by 10/17/14 (only limited space available)

Registration 11:00 am
Tee time 12 noon
Dinner 5:30 pm

Contact: Dean Choi

Scott Pfister


21st APEX Awards Gala: “Icons of Inspiration”

The 21st APEX Awards Gala will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Line Hotel in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Titled “Icons of Inspiration,” APEX will announce their rebranding after 20 years to better reflect the millennial audience.

APEX also will unveil their Martell Icons Mentoring program that pairs young contestants with a celebrity leader in business and entertainment to compete for a trip to Cognac, France.

DanAKADan will be the feature performer, and other celebrity guests include actor Chris Tashima and Stephen Liu. Comedian Jenny Yang and musician Eric Hsu are set to emcee.

The COLD TOFU Improv sketch group will be honored for their excellence in community service. Stephanie Huynh, the Director of Orange County Programs at APEX and Project Manager at Glitterings Inc. will be receiving the APEX President’s Award.

You can find more information on admission and registration at this link.

Saturday, Sept. 27
The Line Hotel, Los Angeles
6 – 10 p.m.

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