Asian American Commission 2017 Unity Dinner May 26

Friday, May 26

6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

775 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215

The Asian American Commission will host the 11th Unity Dinner at Boston University’s Metcalf Hall in the George Sherman Union. For more information, visit

Program Schedule
6:00 pm            Reception – Hors d’oeuvre and Cash Bar
6:45 pm            Opening Remarks and Acknowledgements
Dr. Elisa Choi, AAC Chairperson
6:55 pm            Greetings
State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg
State Auditor Suzanne Bump
Assistant Attorney General April English
7:05 pm            Performance by Verge Dance Company
7:15 pm            Dinner starts
7:30 pm            Special guest speaker

Professor Franklin Odo, speak on 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066
7:45pm             Keynote speaker
Justice Fernande “Nan” Duffly, MA Supreme Justice Court
8:15 pm            Award Ceremony
Vira Douangmany Cage, Unity Dinner Chairperson
8:45 pm            Year in Review
Mr. Nick Chau, AAC Vice-Chairperson
8:55 pm            Closing Remarks
Ms. Bora Chiemruom, AAC Executive Director
9:00 pm            Socializing and Photo Booth
9:30 pm            End of EveningRevised sponsorship and sponsorship advertisement deadline have been extended to Friday, May 19, 2017. The sponsorship package is also available on pdf.  Sponsorshippackage.pdf

Commonwealth of MA Asian American Commission Announces Awardees & Speakers for the 11th Annual Unity Dinner Fundraiser Honoring Change Agents: Celebrating AAPI History, Progress & Achievement at Boston University at 7PM with a Networking Reception at 6PM

BOSTON – The Commonwealth of MA Asian American Commission (AAC) 11th Annual Unity Dinner will be held on Friday, May 26 at Boston University at 7PM preceded by a networking reception with appetizers and a cash bar starting at 6PM. Proceeds will be used to support, expand and strengthen AAC’s advocacy work on behalf of the Asian American community in the Commonwealth.

“We are excited to have WGBH General Manager for Television Liz Cheng emcee our event themed Honoring Change Agents: Celebrating AAPI History, Progress & Achievement as we honor the work of Boa Newgate and the Southeast Asian Coalition (recipients of the Community Hero Award); Eastern Bank (recipient of the Leadership for Diversity and Inclusion Award); and Ms. Mary Chin (recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award),” remarked Executive Director Bora Chiemruom.  She continued, “Attendees will also be treated to an electrifying performance by Verge Dance Company.”
“Along with our accomplished awardees, we are deeply honored to have keynote speaker retired Justice Fernande “Nan” Duffly, the first and only Asian American justice to serve on the MA Supreme Justice Court, and the timely remarks of Dr. Franklin Odo who will speak to the significance of the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066,” says AAC Chair Dr. Elisa Choi.

Event Details:
Friday, May 26, 2017
6:00 – 9:30 PM
Boston University, Metcalf Hall at GSU
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.

Tickets to the Unity Dinner can be purchased at or directly through Eventbrite:  For more information, speaker or presenter bios, a list of early sponsors, dinner options, please visit or contact AAC Executive Director Bora Chiemruom at

For more information on the Asian American Commission please visit

VOLUNTEER NEEDED: We are seeking limited number of volunteers for the Unity Dinner.  Each volunteer will get a complimentary ticket to attend the event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact AAC Executive Director Bora Chiemruom at

PARKING INFORMATION: Guests can use any of the pay on entry lots throughout campus. You can check this website  to show exact addresses and prices for each lot.

MA Asian American Commission

Elisa Choi
Vice Chairperson
Nick Chau
Wingkay Leung
Vira Douangmany-Cage
Jonjy Ananth
Yan Jennifer Cao
Loan Thi Dao
Kay Dong
Gilbert Ho
Pralhad KC
Walter Kim
Lianna Kushi
Mabel Lam
Nina Liang
Chung Liu
John Naranja
Uyen-Sa Nguyen
Dimple J. Rana
Anil Saigal
Sophy Theam
Evelyn Tang
Bora Chiemruom
Executive Director
One Ashburton Place
12th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
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