By Sia Her
Each year the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) organizes a dinner that brings the community together to commemorate Heritage Month and to honor the accomplishments and contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make to our nation and state.
The Heritage Dinner is designed to bring community together around a policy issue; this year, our focus is economic development. The mission to advance opportunities for all is central to CAPM’s work and this work cannot be done alone. Thus,
I invite your participation and partnership in our 2014 Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Dinner on May 9, 2014, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Oakdale Prom Center. Networking starts at 5 p.m. and dinner program starts at 6 p.m.
The program consists of a keynote address; the awarding of the annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Leadership Awards; and various cultural performances.
This year’s keynote speaker is Mr. Narayana Kocherlakota, president and chief executive officer of the Ninth District Federal Reserve Bank, in Minneapolis.
CAPM is a state agency. We were created by the legislature in 1985 to fulfill three mandates: serve as an advisor to the governor and policymakers; be an advocate for the community; and build bridges between and among the Asian Pacific and non-Asian Pacific communities.
CAPM seeks to represent the interests of the 42 Asian and Pacific Islander ethnic groups present in Minnesota. Current population estimates have the population at 207,000, making us the second largest and fastest growing minority group in Minnesota.
Our annual Asian Heritage Dinner is one effort on our end to showcase our community of contrast.
Become a sponsor of the banquet
For the dinner CAPM draws on community organizations, private organizations and individuals to make the dinner a reality and success. Past dinners would not have been successful without these relationships.
Please consider being a sponsor to this event in the Asian Pacific Minnesotan community and join us in celebrating Asian Heritage Month. Sponsorship levels are outlined in the attached form. With your sponsorship, you make it possible for our community to reflect together on our past, revel in our achievements and contributions, and mobilize for the future. I hope you will commit to being a sponsor.
Please return the completed sponsorship form to our office at your earliest convenience, but if at all possible, no later than Friday, May 2, 2014.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 651-757-1741. Thank you for your time, and on behalf of the staff and board, we appreciate your consideration and support. We look forward to seeing you at our 2014 Asian Heritage Dinner.
Sia Her is the Executive Director of the State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans. Contact her at [email protected] or call 651-757-1741.