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On January 19, 2009, the AAPI community’s Pearl Presidential Inaugural Gala will take place at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, DC. Tickets have already sold out, but Asian Americans for Obama is holding a contest for two tickets to this historic event.

As a supporting organization for the event, AAFO is helping to raise money for the Pearl Gala. The individual or organization who raises the most money on behalf of AAFO will win two tickets to the Pearl Gala (with a minimum fundraising goal of $500). To participate, please e-mail Ramey Ko at

For additional details about the Gala, go below the fold.

The Honorary Gala co-chairs are Senator Daniel Inouye, Senator Daniel Akaka, Former Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Congressman Mike Honda, DNC Vice-chair and Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

A morning conference will include discussions about voting results, the political appointment process and the legislative issues for the next Congress. The evening gala will begin at 7 p.m. and end at midnight. Enjoy fine dining and entertainment showcasing various Asian countries. Place your winning bid in an auction featuring precious gems and other commemorative inaugural items. Proceeds from the auction and sales will be for the benefit of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Top off the evening with a sumptuous dessert reception and dance the night away.

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Originally posted to rameyko on Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 04:52 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I think this isn't the best (0+ / 0-)

    place for this kind of fundraising.  Am I right about this one folks?

    •  The Kos Community raises money (3+ / 0-)
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      Els, lirtydies, MKSinSA

      on behalf of candidates, causes, and issue campaigns all the time.  While I understand that raising money for an inaugural ball may seem to be a different creature, let me offer our perspective.

      Inaugural balls can be important opportunities to emphasize and highlight the role of various communities in our country.  Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in particular have to constantly battle invisibility and afterthought status, particularly on the political stage.  Whether it's discussions of race, which have been dominated historically by the black/white dichotomy (with the recent addition of Latinos to the dialogue), or the needs of the community in the context of voting rights, language access, and social services, AAPIs are frequently forgotten, ignored, or in the worst cases, purposefully excluded.  Making this ball a significant event will bring greater visibility to our community during this historic period.

      For the Pearl Gala, the AAPI community is coming together to make the event possible.  Unlike other more high profile balls, we cannot simply depend on a few wealthy sponsors.

      Moreover, Asian Americans for Obama is a purely grassroots organization.  We are completely dependent on the contributions of regular people to meet our fundraising goals.  By helping to raise money for the event from the grassroots, we're also ensuring that the role of the grassroots in this election will be respected.

      "Even if we cannot hope to complete the task, we are not allowed to shirk it." - Jewish Saying

      by rameyko on Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 06:46:46 PM PST

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