Save the Date, Pearl Gala II, June 20-26, 2010


Dear Friends and Colleagues:

On behalf of the Pearl Gala II team (Christine Chen, Irene Bueno and Chau Nguyen) and the organizations below, we would like to invite you to participate in a series of important events in the nation’s capital from June 20-June 26, 2010. Leading Asian Pacific American national organizations will provide the opportunity to learn about significant legislative, educational and civil rights issues. The Fundraising Workshop will afford participants practical strategies to raise funds in challenging times and meet with donors. We are also asking federal agencies to provide briefings on minority contracting, job openings and grant opportunities. That week also coincides with the opening of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2010, which for the first time in its history will feature Asian Pacific Americans as one of the three themes. The Festival typically attracts over a million people to the National Mall.

The Pearl Gala II will be on Thursday night, June 24 at the Mandarin Oriental, the site of the Pearl Presidential Inaugural Gala in January 2009 which was attended by 1400 guests. In the last Gala, Secretary Steven Chu of the Department of Energy and Secretary Eric Shinseki from the Department of Veterans Affairs were our special speakers. Gary Locke, who was not nominated at that time but later, became the Secretary of Commerce also attended. Maya Soetero-Ng and Konrad Ng were our special guests and the young singing sensation Charise Pempengco wowed the crowd with her singing.

Unlike last time, the Gala will be a sit-down dinner so our capacity is limited. We sold out last time with a long waiting list. Ticket sales and sponsorship details will be released in February.

So, please save the date and join us. Learn about legislative, educational, business and advocacy issues to take back to your communities. At the same time, you can enjoy the arts, dance, music, story-telling, culinary demonstrations and other cultural events at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

More details will follow and additional events may be added to the calendar.

Francey Lim Youngberg and Gloria T. Caoile
Pearl Gala II Co-chairs

Master Calendar of Events
(June 20-26, 2010) as of January 15, 2010

June 20-22, 2010 (Monday and Tuesday)
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) Leadership Training Washington, DC
For more information, contact, For the website, go to

June 23, 2010 (Wednesday) and June 24, 2010 (Thursday)
2010 Advancing Justice Conference
Westin in Alexandria

The Advancing Justice Conference is an annual national civil rights and social justice conference. The conference aims to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to address a broad range of issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. It serves as a unique forum where researchers, advocates, direct service providers, young leaders and other community leaders can meet face-to-face, talk about their common concerns and find ways to work collaboratively. The first day features a legislative briefing on a multitude of critical issues such as health, education, immigration, minority contracting, voting, and other civil rights issues while the following day focuses on tracks focused on areas such as capacity building, advocacy, young leaders and policy research. A federal agency briefing is also planned. The Advancing Justice Conference is a joint project by the Asian American Institute, Asian American Justice Center, Asian Law Caucus and Asian Pacific American Legal Center.

June 23, 2010 (Wednesday)
Fundraising and Networking Symposium
8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Event check-in will begin at 8:00 AM
DLA Piper, 500 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

The Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and IW Group will convene a full-day symposium on issues impacting the world of nonprofit organizations. The event will focus on market trends and the myriad of issues impacting the world of private foundations as well as tools for nonprofit leaders to build their brands, improve their marketing, utilize social and media resources, find new funding sources, and to keep more of what they raise. The Asian/Pacific Islander American nonprofit community will have a rare opportunity to meet corporate and foundation leaders from a plethora of industries and issue areas, including finance, banking, insurance, retail, communications, social media and more. These corporate and foundation leaders will provide their perspectives on how the greater APIA nonprofit community will benefit from more targeted marketing, branding, prospecting and media relations.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. This event is free. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Please register at

Who should attend: board members, executive directors, chief financial officers, development directors, and marketing/communication directors.

June 23, 2010 (Wednesday)
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Higher Education Summit
Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20004

The APIASF Higher Education Summit will bring together a diverse group of participants including corporate representatives, federal employees, nonprofit leaders, the higher education community and students to discuss the issues facing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in higher education and develop a shared agenda to address these issues. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, please visit or call (202) 747-7236.

June 24 2010 (Thursday)
Opening Day of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival featuring Asian Pacific Americans
The Festival lasts until June 28 then resumes July 2-5, 2010
The National Mall
Free and open to the public
General Info
Asian Pacific Americans: Local Lives, Global Ties

June 24, 2010 (Thursday)
Pearl II Federal Agency Briefings (time TBD), Location: Westin Alexandria
Pearl II Gala, 7:30 p.m.
Mandarin Oriental
1330 Maryland Avenue Southwest
Washington, DC 20024


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