A crowd gathered at the Imperial Garden Seafood Restaurant to raise $115,000 for the next stage of construction on the Seattle Chinese Garden’s (SCGS) Knowing the Spring Courtyard. Honorary co-chairs and hosts of the event were Christine and Omar Lee, owners of the Great Wall Mall in Renton. They donated meals to 230 guests.
The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) had its 2009 Silk Road Gala with more than 250 guests in attendance, at the Ontario Science Centre. This is the Silk Road Gala’s inaugural year, and it helped to raise more than $1,000, which will be distributed to the Sunnybrook Foundation and the Carefirst For Seniors Foundation.
Kristin Tan of Holy Names Academy was awarded a $100 scholarship and recognized as a Davis Law Group Scholar Athlete of the Week for her 3.89 cumulative GPA and her outstanding performance as a competitive golfer.
Members of Qwest’s Pacific American Asian Network (PAAN) presented Legacy House with a $2,000 grant to purchase computers for use by the seniors it serves.
President Obama nominated Suresh Kumar as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, Department of Commerce.
This year, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) awarded former Northwest Asian Weekly (NWAW) Editor Eleanor Lee for her excellent writing in Northwest Asian Weekly’s editorial section. Lee placed third in the opinion category and received her award on May 30 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.
Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Kendee Yamaguchi as the executive director of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA). Yamaguchi is a third generation Japanese American born and raised in Washington.
The YMCA of Greater Seattle recognized four individuals with the YMCA A.K. Guy Award. Larry Gossett, Roberto Maestas, Bob Santos, and the late Bernie Whitebear were honored at the 26th Anniversary YMCA A.K. Guy Award Luncheon at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.
Medical, Education, and Development of Resources through International Exchange (MEDRIX) held its annual benefit dinner and auction at Overlake Golf and Country Club. The event raised $66,068 to help MEDRIX continue its mission of providing medical resources, international health education, child heart surgeries, and safe drinking water in Southeast Asia.
Ashley Cheuk, 10, is the 2009 Junior Olympic National Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics. She has started competing for the 2010 season. Cheuk is a fifth grader at Bellevue Children’s Academy.