By Sharon Choi, AALEAD Staff
Photos Courtesy of Silvy Song, Photographer & AALEAD Staff
Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) hosted our 16th Annual Dinner on Wednesday evening at the Silver Spring Civic Center in downtown Silver Spring. Thank you to everyone who came to join us in our celebration of AALEAD’s mission, impact, community, and most importantly, our youth!
We had the opportunity to hear powerful testimonies from our youth speaker, Elizandra; AALEAD program alumnus, Bhadon; and current AALEAD mentor, Steve. We thank you all for the commitments you made last night in support of more impact stories in years to come.
We would like to thank our Board Member and 16th Annual Dinner Event Chair, Siu Cheung Rossmark, for her leadership in helping to make this year’s event a success. A special thank you to our lovely emcee and host, WUSA 9 Reporter Surae Chinn, for guiding us through the night.
Thank you to our Sponsors for your support:
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Latham & Watkins
Thank you to Asian Fortune (Media Sponsor), Marriott (Print Sponsor), Coca-Cola (Beverage Sponsor), and Bread Corner (Dessert Sponsor) for your generosity. Thank you to Hollywood East Cafe and Szechuan Delight for serving delicious appetizers and buffet dinner.
Thank you to Verizon for supporting our summer program for DC middle & high school youth.
Thank you to our elected officials for joining us at our event and your support of our mission and youth:
Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker
Mayor of Somerset, Jeffrey Slavin
Fairfax County School Board Member Ryan McElveen
Delegate Clarence Lam
Delegate David Moon
Delegate Andrew Platt
Delegate William Smith
VA Delegate Mark Keam
MD State Senator Susan Lee
MD State Senator Jamie Raskin
Vikrum Mathur representing the office of Councilmember Roger Berliner
Danielle Perry representing the office of Congressman Chris Van Hollen
Special Assistant Laurie Edberg from the office of MD Senator Barbara Mikulski
We would also like to share our winners from last night’s raffle. Congratulations to Jesse Chong (winner of the iPad Air 2), Michael Lee (winner of the Apple Watch Sport), and Karen Hong (winner of the Washington Football VIP ticket package)! Thank you to Smita Dutta & Gregory Watson (iPad Air 2), Varun Gupta, Lafayette Federal Credit Union (Apple Watch Sport), and George Cabalu (Washington Football VIP ticket package) for your generosity and support of our mission and youth.