LOS ANGELES, CA – On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, the Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) held its 7th Annual Giving for All Seasons Fundraising Gala. The gala was held at Fifth Floor, Los Angeles Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The event began at 6:00 pm with a hors d’oeuvres reception and silent auction, followed by a formal program at 7:30 pm.
“This event is not only a celebration of our accomplishments but also to bring awareness that there are many in our communities who are in need,” said Debra Fong, Executive Director. “Each year, we recognize those who are making a difference in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities to encourage others to follow in their footsteps. Together we can build a brighter and better future for the generations to come.”
This year’s honorees included Mega Toy’s Co-Founder and CEO, Charlie Woo (Philanthropy Leadership Award), TOYOTA (Corporate Philanthropy Award), Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center (Diversity Leadership Award), and Asian American Professional Association (Spirit of Giving Award). Honorees were recognized for their contributions and long-term commitment to the Asian and Pacific Islander community.
“I am honored to receive this prestigious award. I have always believed in giving back to the community and creating opportunities for immigrants and those in need to live better lives,” said Charlie Woo, Co-founder and CEO, Mega Toys – Philanthropy Leadership honoree. “I hope many other Asian Americans will join me in contributing their resources, skills and time to build stronger and more prosperous Asian American communities.”
Once again, APCF granted $150,000 to its 29 Affiliate Agencies which provide health and human services to Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and other ethnic communities in need throughout Los Angeles County and beyond. These funds were generated specifically from workplace giving programs throughout Southern California. In 2012, APCF’s overall grant making totaled over $350,000 which included funds generated from workplace giving programs, donor advised funds and other programs.
For the third year, Verizon is funding a scholarship program for students pursuing higher education in the science, technology, engineering and math related fields. In a time when students are faced with significantly rising costs of obtaining a college degree, it is important that there is support for students in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. A total of $20,000 will be given out through the Verizon Scholarship program alone in 2013. APCF will be awarding an additional $20,000 in scholarships through its other programs.
“Verizon’s partnership with the Asian Pacific Community Fund is creating opportunities for young people to succeed and pursue their dreams here in California and across the country,” said Gene Eng, vice president for external affairs at Verizon. “By investing in our future leaders, we are laying the foundation for stronger and more vibrant communities.”
As the needs of the Asian and Pacific Islander community continuously evolve, the mission of APCF is to cultivate philanthropists to invest in organizations that empower underserved Asian and Pacific Islanders to prosper. APCF’s vision is a thriving Asian and Pacific Islander community fostered by a culture of philanthropy. APCF is proud to work with its affiliates, corporate and community partners and individuals to build healthier and stronger API communities.
This year’s gala Diamond Sponsors, Cathay Bank, New Omni Bank, and Wells Fargo, were joined by other corporate partners who have made generous donations to APCF including LA 18 KSCI-TV, Kaiser Permanente, Southern California Edison, Verizon, TOYOTA, AT&T, East West Bank, First General Bank, Royal Business Bank, Total Call International, Walmart, White Memorial Medical Center, and many others.
Established in 1990, the Asian Pacific Community Fund is a community-based, nonprofit fund that was created to educate and encourage individuals and companies to support API communities in need by donating through workplace giving programs as well as other channels. The organization is the only API community-based fund of its kind in Southern California. Since its founding, APCF has raised and distributed $2.5 million in grants to its 29 Affiliate Agencies as well as other community organizations. APCF Affiliate Agencies serve over 250,000 people annually with programs and services provided in a total of 27 Asian languages plus English and Spanish. Programs include childcare/youth programs, affordable housing, counseling & case management, healthcare, job development & training, legal services, senior services, violence prevention and much more.
For additional information, please visit www.apcf.org.