This past Tuesday evening, I was given a fantastic honor — I was selected as one of the recipients for Mayor Fenty’s 2010 Community Service Award for my efforts in the Asian and Pacific Islander community.  The award recognizes the recipients for their “pioneering spirit, commitment to community, and exceptional leadership and community service.”

Unfortunately, I was out of the country and not able to attend the award ceremony at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library.  This was part of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration.  Fortunately, Rosetta Lai, our outstanding Executive Director of Asian-American LEAD was there to accept the award on my behalf.

My gratitude goes to the District of Columbia’s Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs for honoring me with this wonderful award.  I share this award on behalf of the my fellow board of director and advisory council members of Asian-American LEAD and the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholar Fund as well as the many staffers, volunteers, mentors, donors, etc that all play such an important role in helping create a more level playing field.   Thank you to everyone for your tireless energy and terrific efforts in helping so many deserving youths in the greater Washington, DC region.