ASIAN HERITAGE AWARDS; DAVE ROBERTS IS GALA CHAIRMAN
San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts will serve as the Gala Chairman of the 2014 Asian HeritageAwards to be held Saturday, Nov. 22 at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.
The awards, in their eleventh year, celebrate Asian achievement in categories ranging from business to public health while honoring the legacy of Asian Americans. Individuals and organizations who serve the Asian or Asian and Pacific Islander community here or abroad are also eligible.
Supervisor Roberts represents District 3, which has one of the larger constituencies of Asian Americans, comprising 19 percent of the county's population.
"'Visionary' and 'leadership' are the two best words I have to describe Dave Roberts," said Rosalynn Carmen, president of the Asian Heritage Society, which has produced the award-winning event and celebration since 2004. Referring to Roberts, she said, "He recognizes and empathizes with our mission to empower the community and recognize Asian American contributions to the business of San Diego County, thei r cultural value and the entrepreneurial spirit that has ties to both worlds. That is how you bring talent and investment to the community."
This year's Award winners are also "extra special," said Carmen. "The Asian Heritage Awards has evolved as America has evolved. America calls for a new kind of leader - leaders who are focused on the future. Supervisor Roberts is just such a person, which is why we invited him to serve as gala chair. Each recipient this year also personifies the direction we are going as a country and as the Asian Heritage Society."
The Asian Heritage Society announced the following recipients for this year's honors:
The Society is still entertaining nominations in the category of Entrepreneurship. The recipient of the Special Recognition Award will be announced during the Nov. 22 evening gala ceremony at the California Center for the Arts, 340 N Escondido Blvd in Escondido, California.
According to Asian Heritage Society President Carmen, this year's ceremony will have a special aura of glamour and drama. "Rather than isolate themselves at tables, our guests this year will have the opportunity to mingle, get to know each other and do business over great food and wine in an upscale setting before gathering in a remarkable theater, where they'll not only enjoy the Awards but also a variety of entertainment," explained Carmen. "Then we'll retire for dessert, music and dancing under the stars. This is how we celebrate with our community. This is our own Academy Awards, and the Center for the Arts is the ideal place for this kind of celebration."
"The Asian Heritage Awards has evolved as America has evolved," Carmen added. "America calls for a new kind of leader who is focused on the future, which is why we invited Supervisor Roberts to serve as gala chair. The Asian community is growing with the country; we are growing with America. Each one of the recipients this year personifies the direction we are taking and want to go."
Tickets go on sale Aug. 15, 2014 for $200 each for VIP theater seating and $150 for regular seating on a first-come, first-served basis. A block of ten VIP seats may be reserved for $1,500. Prices after Oct. 1 are $250, $200 and $2,000, respectively. To register after Aug. 1, 2014, go to www.asianheritageawards.com
-- ROSALYNN CARMEN AND LEN NOVARRO