On Oct. 18, the Seattle University Filipino Alumni Chapter came together for its second annual fall reunion in celebration of Filipino American history month. All SU alumni of Filipino descent were invited back to campus to attend a special mass featuring SU alumnus Deacon Fred Cordova, class of ’52, who gave a special homily on the history of Filipino Americans at Seattle University and in Seattle. The mass was followed by a reunion reception where more than 60 people attended the event.
Gei Chan was a Macy’s model on Oct. 4. She was a winner in Macy’s “Better With Time” educational seminar and fashion show in downtown Seattle.
The 14th annual MAP Bridging the Gap Breakfast was held Saturday, Oct. 18 at the HUB Ballroom on the UW campus. More than $70,000 was raised for the Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) Endowed Scholarship Fund, which helps economically disadvantaged UW students from diverse backgrounds continue their education.
ARAMARK employee volunteers refurbished the Rainier Beach Family Center on Oct. 16, a program of Atlantic Street Center, one of Seattle’s premier nonprofit organizations. The center’s much-needed programs and services support more than 3,000 multiethnic, low-income families in the central and southeast neighborhoods per year.
The Wing Luke Asian Museum welcomes Ethelyn Abellanosa, new deputy director for operations. This is a new position created as part of the museum’s leadership transition. Abellanosa was the associate director for administration and human resources at the Henry Art Gallery, working there for the past 10 years during the Henry’s post-expansion phase.
Naomi Ishisaka is the new communications director for OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone), a leading immigrant advocacy organization in the region. Formerly the editor of ColorsNW Magazine for eight years, Ishisaka will continue her commitment to cover issues of race, diversity and multiculturalism through writing projects as well as speaking to and consulting with organizations interested in diversity, media and social justice issues.
The 2nd annual Racial Justice Campaign Candidate Fundraiser held on Oct. 15th highlighted candidates Vickie Ybarra and Roslynne Reed.
U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and an honorary chairman of the Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA), outlined his four-point legislative program designed to ensure veterans get the care and benefits they deserve. Akaka made his remarks at the JAVA quarterly luncheon at the Harvest Moon Restaurant in Falls Church, Va., on Oct. 18.
On Oct. 11, the young future leaders of tomorrow competed at the Lead from the Inside Out Competition in Redmond. The competition was based around a “community passion project” each young leader designed. The criterion was to find an innovative, practical vision to improve their community in some way.
International Community Health Services (ICHS) recently received the Washington State Hospital Association’s (WSHA) Community Health Leadership Award in recognition of its Multi-lingual Community Outreach Program targeting diabetes and cervical cancer. The award was presented to ICHS at the Association’s annual meeting on Oct. 8, at Bell Harbor International Conference Center.