NAAAP-Seattle is preparing for the 32nd Annual Gala and Scholarship Reception which will be held at Zoomazium of the Woodland Park Zoo on November 5. “What is a gala?” you might ask. A gala is a fundraising event held by a non-for profit organization to raise funds for its cause. It is usually a grand party that requires the guests to dress up. Gala are usually held at a formal setting such as the ballroom of a hotel, golf course reception room, museum…etc. This year, NAAAP-Seattle has taken a creative approach. We have chosen the Woodland Park Zoo as our venue. The setting, Zoomazium, is used by Woodland Park Zoo as the children’s education center during its normal operating hours. Unlike the traditional ballroom or banquet hall, it has uneven floor plan, a rock mountain with hanging bridge for children to climb on, a hallow tree, a statute of a bronze elephant, and a wall displaying animal fossils. It is a setting designed for creative and exploring minds.
On the evening of November 5th, Zoomazuim will be transformed to a house of festivities, celebration, friends getting together and recognition of young scholars and a year of hard work and achievement. Amy Duong, the gala’s Logistic Director has worked with the staff at the zoo to place seating and tall cocktail tables around the stage. Candles will be lit at all the tables and the menu will contain a list of culinary delights that fill a whole buffet table. Amy also has arranged to have chef performance tables for the main on-tray and dessert. Bartholomew winery, recognized as one of Washington’s top 5 wineries by Seattle Metro and Sunset Magazine will showcase its highly acclaimed wines to our guests. Nash Fong, a local magician will entertain the crowd with tricks of illusion and enchantment.
NAAAP-Seattle will share with its members, corporate sponsors and supporters what it has accomplished in the year of 2011. This is a year that as a chapter, we have reached several milestones (i.e. received 1st place in P/R Marketing and Community Involvement, and placed for its Membership, Programming and Projects at NAAAP’s National Convention, held a very successful Women’s Conference (Win!) at Microsoft Conference Center, Asked by several outstanding corporations to be the portal for diversity recruitment). We are so proud of what we have accomplished and are ready to embark on more challenging projects.
It also has been NAAAP-Seattle’s tradition to recognize its scholarship winners for the year at the gala. The scholarship committee has been working hard to select the best candidates among the applicants. November 5th will be their “night of recognition and celebration” as well.
Please join us on November 5th and share the many joys with us.
The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is a network of metropolitan organization dedicated to serving the needs of Asian professionals across the United States and Canada. NAAAP is the proving ground for North-American Asian Professionals, forging leaders of tomorrow through professional development, cultural awareness, and community service.
As the largest and fastest growing pan Asian professional non-profit organization in North America, NAAAP is comprised of a diverse group of individuals with various levels of education and work experience. Current members include managers, entrepreneurs, and professionals in the community. Although our membership is primarily pan-Asian, anyone is welcome to join with the only qualification being an interest in the advancement of the Asian American Community.
NAAAP's mission is to:
- Cultivate and empower leaders for professional excellence.
- Connect accomplished professionals for mutual success.
- Engage and participate with the community-at-large.
- Inspire leaders to make a meaningful difference in government, education, business, and society.
About NAAAP-SeattleNAAAP-Seattle is the Seattle Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), formerly known as AsianMBA, was founded in 1979.
NAAAP-Seattle is a non-profit, volunteer organization consisting of Asian American professionals and business leaders in the greater Puget Sound region, with 501c3 status.
Is dedicated to the improvement of the Asian American community by promoting leadership, career development, educational exchange, professional networking, social networking, and civic responsibilities.
Has a network with more than 4,500 members in chapters across the country. The membership is open to all interested in the Asian American community, regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status or creed. Current members include individuals from a range of backgrounds that include managers, entrepreneurs, and professionals in the community.
Highlights of previous activities NAAAP-Seattle has participated in include charity Dragonboat Racing fundraiser for the Northwest Lions Foundation for Sight & Hearing, event at Seattle Symphony to raise money for children's literacy programs, Habitat for Humanity, KCTS Pledge Drive, Walk for Rice fundraiser for the Asian Counseling & Referral Service (ACRS) and Gala Awards Dinner in which business & community leaders and outstanding high school students are honored. We also work with career fairs, sponsor professional development seminars, and NAAAP-Seattle social events. We are proud to have strong relationships with other Asian affinity groups and partner with them to strengthen community ties within the Greater Seattle region.