MEDIA CONTACTS:
Gita Ram
gita.ram@capal.org

Heidi Hong
heidi.hong@capal.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MAY 3, 2013

CAPAL Ball to Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on May 9

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, May 9, the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) will host its second annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Ball at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The Ball will feature prominent leaders and advocates of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community, along with young professionals who are dedicated to public service. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with peers and community leaders to commemorate the role of APAs in our nation’s capital.

The event will feature celebrity Master of Ceremonies Brian Yang of Hawaii Five-O; Mayor of Campbell, California Evan Low; and Doua Thor, executive director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center. The featured individuals were chosen by the organization because of their ongoing commitment to serving the APA community.

“We’re at a historic moment when Asian Pacific Americans are the fastest growing minority group in America,” says CAPAL Chair Rebecca Lee. “And CAPAL’s honored to host this annual event where we can celebrate the role and achievements of APAs and inspire greater civic engagement.”

The event has garnered far-reaching support among community leaders, such as host committee members Norman Mineta, former Secretary of Commerce; Elaine Chao, former Secretary of Labor; and Mazie Hirono, the first APA woman elected to the Senate. The proceeds from the Ball will benefit CAPAL’s internship, scholarship, and career development programs for young APA professionals and students.

Tickets to the Ball are available to the public at www.capal.org/ball until Wednesday, May 8, 11:55pm EDT.

The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization dedicated to building leadership and public policy knowledge within the Asian Pacific American community. Its mission is to promote APA interests and success in public service careers, to provide information and education on policy issues affecting the community, and to serve the APA community at large. For more information, visit www.capal.org.