WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 5, 2015) — The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is pleased to announce the Surgeon General Vice Admiral Dr. Vivek Murthy as the keynote for its 21st Annual Awards Gala Dinner. The event will be held on Thursday, May 14th from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C.
Vice Admiral (VADM) Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A. was nominated by President Barack Obama in November 2013 and confirmed on December 15, 2014 as the 19th United States Surgeon General. As America’s Doctor, VADM Dr. Murthy is responsible for communicating the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal health and the health of the nation. He also oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, comprised of approximately 6,800 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect and advance the health and safety of our nation.
“Dr. Murthy is not only eminently qualified in his field, but he comes with the understanding of the health needs within the AAPI communities. We look forward to wise health council and a profound statement on bettering the health of our Nation and sharing his vision for the future of the AAPI community in community service and public service,” says S. Floyd Mori, APAICS CEO and President.
This year APAICS is recognizing individuals who have distinguished themselves with their many achievements and contributions to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The 2015 awardees are: President George H.W. Bush – Lifetime Achievement Award; Jasjit Singh and SALDEF – Community Achievement Award; Richard Lui, News Anchor, MSNBC – Civic Engagement Award; and Walmart with the Corporate Achievement Award.
The annual APAICS Awards Gala Dinner is the premier event in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and draws community, business and political leaders from across the country to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that continue to politically empower the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
The 21st Annual Awards Gala Dinner is made possible by AARP, American Petroleum Institute, Amgen, Anheuser-Busch Companies, BP America, CBS, Coca-Cola, Comcast, Dell, Facebook, General Motors, Google, Herbalife, Knowledge Advantage Inc., McDonalds Corporation, Motion Picture Association of America, National Association of Broadcasters, National Association of Realtors, Nielsen, Pacific Gas and Electric, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Southwest Airlines, State Farm, Toyota, Verizon, Walmart and Wells Fargo.Southwest is the exclusive and official airline of APAICS.
This event requires an advance ticket. Please call 202-296-9200 to purchase byMonday, May 11. For more information about the gala, visit: www.apaics.org/annual-gala- awards-dinner/.
The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.