CAUSE 25th Annual Gala

“The Time Is Now”

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Our theme this year is “The Time is Now!” The Asian Pacific American community is one of the fastest growing populations in the United States, but remains severely underrepresented. As our country enters a new era of politics, it is important, now more than ever, to mobilize and empower our community, to make an impact in future elections. We want to ensure that the many voices in our communities are being heard.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

6:00 PM VIP Reception, General Reception, & Silent Auction

7:00 PM Dinner Program

The LA Hotel

333 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

California Ballroom

 

General Admission: $250 per person

Early Bird Special: 2 tickets for $450*

*Must purchase before March 5, 2017

Featuring

“Inspirational Leadership Award” Honoree

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The Honorable David Ryu

Los Angeles City Councilmember

Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th council district which include the neighborhoods of Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and a portion of Koreatown.

Ryu studied economics at UCLA; Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers; won a prestigious United Nations graduate internship; and was a Netkal Fellow at USC’s School of Social Work.

As Senior Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke, he worked for years on issues like public health, housing, children and family services, transportation and senior services. He helped oversee the County budget and worked for a time as a Special Investigator for the Auditor-Controller, rooting out waste and fraudulent expenditures.

Ryu returned to the non-profit world and served as Director of Development and Public Affairs at one of Los Angeles’s largest non-profit health care providers: Kedren Acute Psychiatric Hospital and Community Health Center.

On July 1st, 2015 Ryu became the first Korean American to serve on the LA City Council and only the second Asian American.

Master of Ceremonies

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The Honorable Alex Padilla

California Secretary of State

In 2016, Secretary Padilla oversaw the state’s historic General Election. Working with statewide partners, the Secretary helped add upwards of one million registered voters to the rolls. More than 19.4 million Californians were registered and more than 14.6 million cast ballots on Election Day – both state records.

To expand voting rights to more Californians, in 2015, the Secretary sponsored legislation to establish vote centers, expand early voting and implement same-day conditional voter registration. He also sponsored the New Motor Voter Act which will eventually register to vote every eligible California citizen who goes to a DMV office to get a driver’s license or renew one, potentially registering millions.

Secretary Padilla also launched “Honor Veterans. Vote.” This program provides Californians an opportunity to dedicate their vote in honor of a family member or friend who has served or is actively serving in the military.

Padilla’s parents emigrated from Mexico and raised their family in the working class community of Pacoima, California. Padilla attended local public schools and went onto graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

In 1999, at the age of 26, Padilla was elected to the Los Angeles City Council to represent the same east San Fernando Valley community where he grew up. In 2001, his colleagues elected him to the first of three terms as Council President, becoming the youngest member and the first Latino to serve in this capacity.

Alumni Spotlights

To celebrate 25 years of empowering the APA community, we’ll be spotlighting 25 alumni from across our Leadership Development programs!

The Honorable Henry Lo

Boardmember, Garvey School District

Political Institute Class of 2016

The Honorable Thomas Wong

President, San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District

Political Institute Class of 2016

Ellen Green

Legislative Director at California State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Marc Berman

Leadership Academy Class of 2011

Jean Guo

Founder, Konexio

Leadership Academy Class of 2010

Taylor Huang-Boutelle

J.D. Student at the University of California, Hastings – College of Law

Leadership Academy Class of 2016

Zenni Duong

Programs Coordinator, CAUSE

Leadership Academy Class of 2016

Jack Song

Head of Communications, LimeBike

Leadership Academy Class of 2001

Edward Lee

Physician & Non-Profit Leader

Political Institute Class of 2017

John Yi

Advocacy Director, American Lung Association in California

Political Institute Class of 2017

Alfred Hwang

Second Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps & Student at The Basic School

Leadership Academy Class of 2014

Claire Kitayama

Senior Operations Manager, United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Political Institute Class of 2017

Edwin Saucedo

Assembly Fellow, Office of Assemblymember Rob Bonta

Leadership Academy Class of 2014 (LA) & 2016 (DC)

Andrew Angeles

Law Student, University of California, Hastings College of Law & Law Clerk, Clark Hill LLP

Leadership Academy Class of 2011

Christian Adriatico

Associate Attorney, Litigation; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Leadership Academy Class of 2010

Annie Chang Long

Associate Director, Advisory Services; Nonprofit Finance Fund

Leadership Academy Class of 1999

Rhea Manglani

Analyst, Mine MR

Leadership Academy Class of 2011

Elnie Vannatim

Senior Manager, Government & Public Affairs; 21st Century Fox

Leadership Academy Class of 2005

Tanya Edmilao

Community Organizer, Asian & Pacific Islanders for LGBT Equality

Leadership Academy Class of 2013

Gerrard Panahon

Resource Analyst, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Political Institute Class of 2017

Christine Li

Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator, Injury & Violence Prevention Program with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Leadership Academy Class of 1999

Elsa Tung

Policy & Research Manager, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust

Leadership Academy Class of 2002

Kevin Shin

Nonprofit Consultant; Co-Founder & Co-Chair, Walk Bike Long Beach

Leadership Academy Class of 2002

Matthew Wong

High School Teacher, Arcadia Unified School District

Leadership Academy Class of 2011

Angela Shen

Development Coordinator, Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley

Leadership Academy Class of 2006

Priscilla Songsanand

Ophthalmologist, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Veterans Initiative Class of 2017

Each alumni spotlighted has been asked to help collectively raise $25,000 for our 25th anniversary. Help support the CAUSE through our GoFundMe!

Directions

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX):

Pass Terminal 7. Right lane to Sepulveda Blvd. and take 105 (Norwalk Fwy) East. 3. Proceed to 110 (Pasadena Fwy) North. Exit 6th Street off-ramp. Turn left on Figueroa Street.

 

From Burbank, Glendale, Valencia:

Take 5 (Santa Ana Fwy) South. Transition to 110 (Harbor Fwy) South. Exit Wilshire Blvd. off-ramp to 6th Street. Turn left on Figueroa Street.

 

From West Side:

Take 405 (San Diego Fwy) South. Proceed to the 10 (Santa Monica Fwy) East, and transition to the 110 (Harbor Fwy) North. Exit 6th Street and turn left on Figueroa Street.

 

From San Bernardino, Palm Springs:

Take 10 (San Bernardino Fwy) West. Proceed to the 101 (Hollywood Fwy) North, and transition to the 110 (Harbor Fwy) South. Exit Wilshire Blvd. to 6th Street. Left on Figueroa Street.

 

From Anaheim, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, San Diego:
Take 5 (Santa Ana Fwy) North. Proceed on to the 101 (Hollywood Fwy) North. Right lane to 110 (Harbor Fwy) South. 4. Exit Wilshire Blvd. off-ramp to 6th Street. 5. Left on Figueroa Street.

Parking

Please note that Figueroa is a one-way street.

 

Hotel Valet Parking

The LA Hotel Downtown
333 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

From Figueroa Street make a left turn into our Valet Driveway. Hotel Valet Parking is based on first-come basis. The valet parking rate is $15 per vehicle.

 

Public Parking

World Trade Center Parking
350 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

 

Figueroa Street Entrance: From Figueroa Street, make a right turn into the garage.

Third Street Entrance: From Figueroa Street, make a right turn at the signal. Garage entrance is to the right.
Guests can take the garage elevators to level A1 which leads to the hotel ped-way. Once guests are in hotel you are on the Meeting Space level.

 

Parking Rates: $9.00 before $10:00AM, $7.00 after 4:00PM

Sponsorship Opportunities

The CAUSE Annual Gala is our nonprofit organization’s largest fundraiser of the year and the premier APA event for those interested in politics and community. It boasts the largest attendance of APA elected officials and is a celebration of those striving to make an impact in our community. More than 100 APA federal, state, and local officials from all over California will be in attendance. Additionally, 500 guests are expected to attend this year—all of whom are dedicated to advancing the APA community’s participation in the civic and political process.

PRESIDENTIAL

Charlie Woo

SENATORIAL

CONGRESSIONAL

GUBERNATORIAL

MAYORAL

COMMUNITY

Ben Wong

Hwang Family

Paul Song & Lisa Ling

Pauline Mauro

Victor King

FRIENDS OF CAUSE

Speaker Anthony Rendon & Annie Lam

Edward Chen

Temo Arjani

Wendy Greuel