Santa Claus, great food, and the holiday spirit kicked in high gear at the Greater Sacramento chapter of APAPA annual Holiday Mixer. More than 200 revelers celebrated with APAPA chapter leaders, elected officials, and distinguished guests in Sacramento which is the home of APAPA’s headquarters.

Chapter President Jacqui Nguyen and Vice President Ram Thanapandian welcomed and thanked statewide sponsors, event sponsors, distinguished guests, and elected officials. More than 30 elected officials from local and statewide offices attended the festivities, including Director General Joseph Ma with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco, Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly, Senator Richard Pan, Dublin Mayor David Haubert, and various representatives from statewide offices.

The annual celebration is an opportunity for the Sacramento chapter of APAPA along with CC and Regina Yin to thank community organizations, volunteers, along with statewide sponsors including Bank of the West, Wells Fargo, Siemens, and the U.S.-China Railroad Friendship Association for their strong support of APAPA’s mission of civic engagement and empowerment. Both CC and Regina Yin are founders of APAPA and have spent the past two decades dedicated to nurturing and growing the organization to inform, educate, and empower API leaders across California and the United States.

The holiday celebration is an opportunity to highlight and recognize the significant contributions of various members and volunteers in the community. This year, Sacramento chapter leaders handed out awards which included recognizing OCA Sacramento as APAPA Community Partner of the Year; Ram Thanapandian received the Sacramento Chapter Leader of the Year; Eugene Louie, a longtime Sacramento APAPA chapter leader received Board Member of the Year; Derek Yuan as Youth Ambassador of the Year, and Ritta Mashriqi as Ambassador of the Year.

As part of our philanthropic efforts, APAPA collects toys at the Annual Holiday Mixer and presents those toys to a worthy organization to hand them out to deserving children in the Greater Sacramento area. In 2019, My Sister’s House was named the recipient of APAPA’s annual toy donations.

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