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Mayor Vincent C. Gray and OAPIA Recognize Excellence in Community Service at AAPI Heritage Month Celebration

Friday, May 31, 2013

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and OAPIA Recognize Excellence in Community Service at AAPI Heritage Month Celebration

Local AAPI Artists Showcase Musical Talents on Lincoln Theatre Stage

(Washington, DC) Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Soohyun “Julie” Koo, Director of the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA), recognized unsung heroes in the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community Thursday night before an audience of more than 1,000 individuals at the Lincoln Theatre.  OAPIA hosted the AAPI Heritage Month Celebration in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and Kollaboration DC, a non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing the talents of aspiring AAPI entertainers.

“This celebration gave everyone present an opportunity to learn about the good work of the recipients of Community Service Awards and to see great talent in the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community,” Mayor Gray said. “Their contributions help make the District of Columbia a thriving and diverse city.”

Mayor Gray presented awards to Wuiping Yap, Executive Director of the Asia Heritage Foundation; and to the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project. Outgoing Chief Financial Officer Dr. Natwar M. Gandhi also was recognized for his longtime service to the District of Columbia.  DCCAH Executive Director Lionell Thomas also was on hand to congratulate the honorees. 

“These awards honor deserving individuals and organizations for their hard work and commitment to the AAPI community,” said Koo. “The recipients will inspire and encourage the next generation of leaders in the AAPI community to perform public service.” 

FOX 5 TV’s Sherri Ly served as the Master of Ceremonies for the program, which featured performances by violinist Jonathan C. Chen, beatboxer Chip Han, acoustic singer Lumi Bustamante, spoken-word artist George Yamazawa, Jr., hip-hop duo SNRG - Some Never Really Get…, and DTMG - the Dave Tauler Music Group.