APAC Georgia celebrates 32nd annual gala with scholarship awards

Duluth, May 6, 2017 — Asian/Pacific Council of Georgia (APAC) celebrated the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with its 32nd annual scholarship dinner gala at Sonesta Gwinnett Place.

Over 350 guests including community, business, and legislative leaders attended the celebration. Charlotte Hall Nash, Chairman of Gwinnett Board of Commissioners provided the keynote address for the evening.

“As one of the most diverse counties in the Southeast, we make it a priority to encourage everyone to get involved in local government and to help make our community a better and more attractive place to live and visit. My fellow commissioners and I urge young people to engage with their government,” said Ms. Nash in her remarks.

Among the students recognized with a scholarship award are:  Charlene Claire Mabutin-Locust Grove High School, Miles Shoemaker-Etowah High School, Austin Kim-North gwinnett High School, Poutheavy Tep, Rooman Karmacharya-Georga Walton Comprehensive High School, Phuc Dang-Maynard Jackson High School, Charlene Claire Mabutin-Clarkston High School, Zipporah Gunaven-River Ridge High School, Jasmin Gao, Alex Lin-Northview High School, Tyler Hein-Grayson High School, Manya Gard.

“I am proud to know that throughout its 32 years of existence, APAC has remained strong and committed to serve and represent our Asian Pacific America community in Georgia,” said Eleanor Mae Pascual, 2017 President of APAC in her remarks.

Guests were treated to traditional cultural dances and performances throughout the dinner gala.  An official flag ceremony showcasing different Asian nation flags were on displayed at the opening ceremony.

For more information on APAC Georgia, visit www.apacga.org