APAC Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony
and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration
APAC’s signature event is our Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This spectacular dinner and awards ceremony is one of the premier events in the San Diego Asian American Community, as community leaders, business executives, nonprofits, and elected officials come together to recognize significant leaders in our community who influence change and champion civic engagement.
We recognize rising stars and seasoned community figures with awards, as well as provide scholarships to deserving students. We will also be celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
Mark your calendar for our 11th Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony on May 6, 2023!
APAC’s Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony will recognize individuals and organizations who have made a difference in our community through civic engagement; support APAC’s civic and economic empowerment initiatives and leadership development programs; select 2 recipients of the Tom Hom Scholarship; and kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
If paying by check, please make it payable to APAC and mail to:
APAC San Diego
PO Box 261243
San Diego, CA 92196
APAC Gala & Award Dinner 2023 Honorees:
1. Excellence in Civic Leadership Award – Presented to Andrew Amorao
This award is given to an individual who demonstrates leadership and initiative in advancing civic engagement, voter registration, voter education, or non-partisan Get out the Vote campaigns in the Asian & Pacific American communities.
2. Outstanding Organization Award – Presented to House of China
This award is given to an organization which actively supports the mission of the Asian Pacific American Coalition and its greater efforts to advance civic engagement in the Asian & Pacific Islander communities.
3. Rising Star Award – Presented to Cady Mariano
This award is given to a young man or woman between the ages of 18 and 35 years old who takes an active role in advancing API civic engagement in San Diego and demonstrates the capability for future community leadership.
4. Lifetime Achievement Award – Presented to Dr. Aurora Cudal
This award is given by APAC to a community leader who has demonstrated an extraordinary personal commitment to his/her organization in the Asian community and has thus enabled the group to excel in fulfilling its mission and goals. It also recognizes the best in community spirit and encourages others to improve their communities through volunteer service, and civic participation.
5. Tom Hom Civic Engagement Scholarship
Presented to: Vina Duprat, Angela Fang, Veronica Liu & Maryam Sattar
The Tom Hom Civic Engagement Scholarship is awarded to a full-time student enrolled in a San Diego County college, of API (Asian or Pacific Islander) descent, and has demonstrated volunteerism, work, or other activity related to civic engagement.
2023 APAC Awards Gala Sponsors (interested in sponsoring – click here)
Sally Wong-Avery and Natasha Wong
G&A Marquee Pavilion
2023 APAC Gala & Awards Dinner Table Hosts, Community Partners, and Friends
- Andrew Amorao
- Alliance for Quality Education
- Chinese School of San Diego
- Crab Hut (Hosting Vietnamese American Youth Alliance)
- Dr. Aurora Cudal
- Donna Lee & Friends
- FilAm Associations
- Friends & Family of Dr. Aurora Cudal
- Friends of Mira Mesa Arts and Culture
- G & A Marquee Pavilion
- House of China
- Jamul Casino
- Jantima Danford
- Japanese American Citizens League
- Kanaka Davis Trust Group/Dr. Gil Ontai
- Lao Americans Organization of San Diego
- Mary Soriano
- Mitz Lee
- National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
- San Diego Foundation
- San Diego Pan Pacific Law Enforcement Association (PANPAC)
- Silayan Filipina National Organization
- Steve Hsieh
- Sycuan Casino
- Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of San Diego
- Thai American Community
- Tom Hom Scholarship Recipients & Family
- Viejas Casino
- Vulcan Materials Company (Hosting Boy Scouts Troop 4)