On Saturday, April 13th, 300 community members attended CAPAA‘s Sapphire Celebration, observing 45 years of service to Asian and Pacific Islander communities statewide. Honored at the event for their distinguished careers in serving the API communities were Diane Narasaki with CAPAA‘s Lifetime Achievement Award, and Reynaldo Pascua with CAPAA‘s Vanguard Award, both of whom were named Commissioners Emeriti.

CAPAA looks forward to continuing its work in advocacy and service on priority issues, such as the 2020 Census Full Count efforts, improving community-police relationships, promoting equitable access to health care, human services, and education, addressing mental illness, and advocating for civil rights. CAPAA is open to active collaborations with community members and organizations and invites them to connect with staff and Commissioners. Our past successes include health care access for community members of the Compact of Free Association (COFA) Nations, better practices of disaggregated data in the K-12 education system, and supporting community members’ access to their State elected officials.

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Thank you to all of our supporters, who made this event possible.

Further, enjoy photographs highlighting CAPAA‘s Sapphire Celebration!

Executive Director Toshiko Hasegawa (center) with Honorees Diane Narasaki (left) and Reynaldo Pascua (right)

Executive Director Toshiko Hasegawa during her welcoming speech

Attorney General Bob Ferguson providing remarks on CAPAA‘s history

Khmer Language Arts & Culture Academy leading the audience in traditional Khmer Invocation

300 guest gathered to celebrate CAPAA‘s milestone

Thank you to our sponsors!

Sapphire Sponsors: 505 Global/Dr. Huiwu Lai, BECU, The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, and Islandbound
Gold Sponsors: Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Bob Hasegawa, Paracom, Seattle Japanese American Citizens League, Vincent Ha/China Harbor, and Washington State University
Silver Sponsors: Asia Pacific Cultural Foundation Seattle, CISC, InterIm Community Development Association, Indian Association of Western Washington, Ling & Liang PLLC, Say It With Aloha, Northwest Asian Weekly, TNP, WA Fujian Association of America, and The Everest Kitchen
Champion Sponsors: Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs – Seattle, API Chaya, ADL Pacific Northwest, Angela Mose, Asian Pacific Directors Coalition, APACE/APACEvotes, Dickinson Law Firm PLLC, Governor’s Office on Indian Affairs, Filipino American Community of Yakima Valley, Mabuhay Foundation, NAMI Washington, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Queen’s Deli, and Spokane JACL.