The Consulate General of Japan at Seattle held a conferment ceremony for William E. Franklin, who was decorated with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.
More than 100 homeless and low-income youth involved in YouthCare programs enjoyed an evening of rare extravagance — the prom. YouthCare’s Executive Director Dr. Melinda A. Giovengo says this dance would not have happened without the help of caring people in the Seattle community. The venue, food, tuxes, dresses, limo, and DJ services were all donated by local businesses and individuals.♦
Hoan Do spoke at the University of Washington campus in Kane Hall during the launch party of his debut book, “How to Succeed in the Real World: What School Won’t Teach You.”
Mayor Greg Nickels recently launched the Seattle Complete Count Committee.
The 2009 Major League Baseball All Star game was in St. Louis at Busch Stadium.
Ten students received $2,000 scholarships from the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation’s Summer Youth Leadership Program (SYLP). This is the first time the Foundation partnered up with the Boeing Company.
The new Uwajimaya (formerly a Thriftway) in the Renton Village Shopping Center at 501 S. Grady Way hosted its grand opening at 9 a.m. The new store cost over $4 million in remodeling.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, in partnership with Seattle’s Ethnic Heritage Council, hosted more than 500 people from the western part of Washington state at a naturalization ceremony on the Fourth of July. The new citizens came from nearly 80 different countries. Judge Richard C. Tallman administered the oath of citizenship.♦
The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) paid respects to former director Mimi Gates by obtaining 20 works of art in her honor. Gates, whose last day at the museum was June 30, had been the museum’s director since 1994.
The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington gathered a team of volunteers to clean and paint over graffiti on light posts and walls in the International District. ♦