ST. PAUL, Minn. (April 29, 2015) — The State Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) has released the named of the 2015 Leadership Award recipients. The awards will be presented at CAPM’s annual Asian Pacific American Leadership Awards Dinner on Friday, May 8, 2015, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Prom Center, 484 Inwood Avenue, in Oakdale, MN.
With the support of community, businesses, and government partners, the an annual dinner event is held in May, the month Congress designated since 1993 as “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.” The Dinner brings together hundreds of community members and leaders from the non-profit, faith, government, and business communities.
Registration and social networking will start at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner program at 6 p.m. This year’s keynote speaker is Sarena Lin, President of Cargill’s Feed & Nutrition Business Unit.
CAPM will award five awards to individuals and organizations. These leadership awards are given to recognize, honor, and celebrate the work of individuals and organizations that have demonstrated continuous commitment to and leadership in the Asian Pacific Minnesotan community.
This year’s recipients:
Asian Pacific Humanitarian Award
• Mahn Robert BaZan, a founding member of Minnesota’s Karen community and other ethnic refugees from Burma. He was a leader of the University of Rangoon Student Union in 1962, when demonstrations lead a military government crackdown that resulted in hundreds of students killed and thousands left fleeing for the jungles and Thailand.
• Muslim American Society of Minnesota
Asian Pacific Lifetime Service Award
• Gail Margaret-Rose Chang Bohr
Asian Pacific Outstanding Contribution Award
• Bo Thao-Urabe, Building More Philanthropy with Purpose (BMPP) Giving Circle.
• Chang Wang, Esq., an associate professor of law at the College of Comparative Law, China University of Political Science and
Law, the largest law university in Asia; chief research and academic officer at Thomson Reuters; adjunct professor of law at the University of Minnesota Law School, University of Minnesota Honors Program, and William Mitchell College of Law.
The Dinner is supported by financial contributions from individuals, businesses, and community based non-profit organizations. Dinner tickets are $40 each. Please RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/nnzl3s2.
For questions, please contact Karina Vang at 651-757-1740 or at [email protected].