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Before guests could hit the dance floor and mingle with friends at a non-profit organization’s 10th Anniversary celebration, local community leaders gave a “Celebrity Show” posing to be celebrities of the last decade to say a few words.
The emcee introduced the first celebrity – Hillary Clinton. Walking and gracefully waving to “Stand by Your Man” by Tammy Wynette from the back of the ballroom to the podium is Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s (D-Sacramento) District Director Susan McKee.
Guests stood up from their seats to take videos and photos while others clapped and laughed.
“I told the President that C.C. Yin has always been my man and all of you know I stand by my man,” Clinton said. “I brought a special gift from the White House, but, because of budget cuts, it’s only a key chain.”
The room roared with laughter until the next celebrity was introduced.
Assemblyman Roger Dickinson played Jerry Brown, NAACP Sacramento Branch President Betty Williams played Diana Ross and former Sacramento Monarchs’ player Ruthie Bolton played Oprah Winfrey, just to name a few.
Over 700 guests attended the 10th Anniversary Gala celebration of non-profit, non-partisan organization Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association’s (APAPA) Saturday, July 31 at Sheraton Grand Hotel.
The celebration included dinner, several speakers, a video about the organization and lots of dancing.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson began the ceremony noting how thankful he is for APAPA’s contributions to the community.
“I’m so proud to have APAPA based in Sacramento,” said Johnson.
Founded in 2001 by C.C. Yin and fellow civic-minded community members, APAPA’s goal is to empower Asian Americans in civic and public affairs through education, active participation and leadership development.
Keynote speaker California State Controller John Chiang is grateful for APAPA and its effort in helping create leaders who are willing to make the tough decisions.
“What APAPA has tried to do in the last decade is to narrow the divide between research and knowledge and good public policy,” said Chiang.
A video showcasing APAPA's successes of the past decade was played. Check out the video.
APAPA has given over $50,000 in scholarships and over 80 State Capitol internships. In 2001, there were no API state and constitutional office holders. In 2009, there were 15.
APAPA helped bring about API leaders into our government system.
Looking back at the past decade, Yin had high hopes for the future.
“Ten years from now, led by the younger generation, APAPA will be taken to the national level,” said Yin.
APAPA currently has four chapters throughout California: Collegiate, Bay Area, Central Valley and Southern California.
Yin invited everyone to the dance floor with the final words.
“See you in October,” said Yin.
Every September or October since 2005, APAPA has put together Voters Education and Candidates Forum free for the public to become more aware of the democratic process, register to vote, interact one-on-one with candidates and watch debates.
Last year, over 30 state and constitutional candidates spoke and debated with opponents for the some 2,000 attendees at California State University, Sacramento.
On Saturday, October 22, APAPA’s 2011 Voters Education and Candidates Forum will be held in San Francisco.
For more information, visit www.APAPA.org.