Join PACE for a night of Aloha as we celebrate 40 years of service to our community!

Sway to the rhythm of traditional songs and dance while under a starlit sky at the beautiful Vibiana.

Forget the suits and black ties - Hawaiian attire is highly encouraged!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

5:30PM – Reception & Silent Auction

6:30PM – Dinner & Gala

Vibiana

214 South Main Street, 
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Vibiana is located in the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles at the Southeast corner of Main Street and 2nd Street.

 


2017 HONOREES

George TakeiGeorge Takei
Community Champion Award

Those who say there are no second acts in American life don't know George Takei. For the young boy who spent his childhood in two American concentration camps for persons of Japanese ancestry, life has offered not just a second act, but a third, fourth and fifth - with many, one hopes, still to come. His unique journey through pop culture and politics has made him not just a witness, but a prime mover during some of the most critical moments in our history. As a result, through the lens of his life, we are able to experience the incredible changes of 20th and 21st century America, eight decades during which our nation rose to global power; went to the moon and beyond; embraced civil rights for people of all cultures; adopted new definitions of love, marriage and the family; allowed diversity to blossom and inclusion to become the norm, and unleashed disruptive technologies that connect us all, and democratize our ability to connect, communicate and create.

With a career spanning six decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. But Takei's story goes where few stories have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in Japanese American internment camps during World War II, to becoming one of the country's leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality, Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture.

Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP)
Nonprofit Community Partnership Award

The Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving Asian Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities with substance abuse services throughout Los Angeles County. The nonprofit was founded in response to the tragic events that took place in the summer of 1971 when 31 Asian American youth died of drug overdoses. To make sense of what had happened, the community organized, held meetings, talked to youth who were working with youth in order to find out what was going on. Through these meetings, the community realized the Asian American community had nowhere to go when it came to drug abuse. They submitted a proposal to the Federal Government asking for funding for the first ever drug abuse program targeting Asian Americans. The proposal was approved and in 1972, AADAP was born.

Originally AADAP began with the mission to improve community health through providing prevention education, treating substance abuse, and facilitating economic development to increase job skills and employment opportunities. Since then and under the leadership of President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Watanabe, AADAP has grown from a moderate sized agency to a large, comprehensive service agency serving a significant portion of Los Angeles County through ten service sites. Programs have expanded to include HIV/AIDS outreach and cross training, Drug Court Services for the Inglewood Municipal Courts, tobacco education, and a for profit business venture, MTC Construction.

Comerica Bank
Corporate Partnership Award

Comerica is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas that was founded in 1849. The company is strategically aligned into three major business segments: the Business Bank, the Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica is committed to protecting and preserving the environment and enhancing the human and social capital of the communities in which they do business. Through the Comerica Corporate Contributions program and Comerica Charitable Foundation, funding is given to organizations whose work aligns with one or more of the company’s giving priorities. As a result of its sustainability and charity practices, the bank has been recognized for being one of America’s top 50 community minded companies as well as by CDP for its commitment to reduce environmental impacts. 


2017 GALA EMCEE

Sharon Muthu
2017 PACE Gala Emcee

Sharon Muthu is a South Asian actress, voiceover artist, and singer, based out of Los Angeles, CA. Her television acting resume includes guest appearances on such shows as, 'Blackish,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Glee,' 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Outsourced,' and many more. She also boasts an impressive voice-over resume featuring a multitude of video game and animation credits. Ms. Muthu has a mastery-level certification in Bharatanatyam (South Indian Classical Dance), and is a prolific jazz singer on the side of her main career. She speaks both English and Tamil fluently. Sharon Muthu serves as the "Ambassador to Hollywood" for the international awareness campaign, Dark is Beautiful,  with whom she continues to spread awareness against the toxicity of skin-color bias in the world. She strongly supports and encourages the rise of ethnic diversity in Hollywood, and she hopes to be a prominent part of the next chapter of Asian talents being featured in mainstream American entertainment.


The Menu

Chef Neal FraserChef Neal Fraser will be crafting an original Hawaiian-fusion menu for PACE's 40th Anniversary Gala. Chef Fraser started his career at age 20 and went on to develop an impressive resume including kitchen credits at Wolfgang Puck's Eureka and Spago. Outside of the restaurants, Fraser has logged some hours on the small screen, most notably on Bravo TV’s ‘Top Chef Masters,’ Fox’s ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ and Food Network’s ‘Iron Chef America,’ on which he won his battle against chef Cat Cora. He is currently chef and owner of multiple restaurant concepts in Los Angeles including Redbird at Vibiana. Be sure to buy your tickets so you don't miss out on this wonderful culinary experience! 


Sponsorship

Kahuna 'Leader" Sponsors

 

'Ohana "Family" Sponsors

 

Hoaloha "Friend" Sponsors

 

Malihini "Visitor" Sponsors

Union Bank 

Wells Fargo

 

Silent Auction Donors

Aquarium of the Pacific

Costco Wholesale

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

KPCC

Los Angeles County Fair Association

Oriental Trading Company

Pier 39 San Francisco

The Broad

Tommy's World Famous Hamburgers

Cancun Cards

Disneyland Resort

Harrah's Southern California Resort

Landmark Theatres

MagIQ Room

 

Pacific Park

Polly's Pies

The Huntington

Wheel of Fortune

Clif Family Winery

Emerald Isle Golf Course

Kidspace Children's Museum

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County/La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

Picaboo.com

San Diego Film Festival

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Zimmer Children's Museum


For sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, and Silent Auction and in-kind donation form, click below to download the Sponsorship Deck. 

Become a Sponsor

 For more information, contact: Andrea Giese, Director of Development

 agiese@pacela.org or (213) 989-3145


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