May 4, 2016, Washington D.C. — TAA staff and some of its board members attended the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) 22nd Annual Awards Gala Dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington DC. The gala dinner was organized to recognize individuals and organizations for their contributions to the empowerment and advancement of Asian American and Pacific Islander community
The event began with the the Armed Forces Color Guard of the Army Military District, who marched into the ballroom, followed by the national anthem, which was performed by Dave Yoon, Ellen Park and Matthew Kim.
S. Floyd Mori, President & CEO of APAICS gave welcoming remarks,including Susan Jin Davis, Chair of the APAICS Board of Directors and Tariq Khan, APAICS Gala Committee Chair. Congressman Xavier Becerra was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. Toyota received the corporate achievement award, Aziz Ansari & Alan Young were given the Vision Award.
Congresswoman Judy Chu, the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus later introduced Barack Obama, President of the United States, who presented the Keynote for the evening.
The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.