The Rooftop Terrace at the GRAMMY Museum was transformed into a celebration of unity and community at Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment’s (PACE) 47th annual gala, Sounds of Solidarity. The event, held on October 5th, 2023, helped raise support and awareness for PACE’s community development work within the AAPI and ethnic minority communities of Los Angeles.
For the last 47 years, PACE’s comprehensive approach to community development has allowed us to create pathways to economic self-sufficiency for 1.4 million low-income individuals through provision of affordable housing, small business development, early childhood education, workforce development, and energy and environmental services. The theme Sounds of Solidarity epitomizes PACE’s mission by showcasing the strength that PACE derives from coming together to serve the diverse needs of our community.
The event’s attendees were treated to an exciting program featuring dinner and refreshments, distinguished speeches, live musical acts, and inspiring spoken word poetry performances, all set against the Los Angeles skyline and the stunning backdrop of the GRAMMY Museum’s Rooftop Terrace.
The program began with welcome remarks from Assemblymember Mike Fong, who highlighted PACE’s work within the Stop the Hate program and our efforts in combatting the rise of hate against AAPI and marginalized communities throughout Los Angeles.
One highlight of the evening was honoring Congresswoman Judy Chu with the Harmony Award for her role in fighting for equality and social justice policies throughout her dedicated career. PACE also celebrated its Multi-Platinum sponsor, U.S. Bank, with the distinguished Solidarity Award for their support in community development. Through this event, PACE also recognized JP Morgan Chase & Co and Bolton & Company for their generous sponsorship and thanked all our supporters for their steadfast commitment to driving positive change in the community.
“In the spirit of ‘Sounds of Solidarity,’ we are reminded that together, we can accomplish great things,” said Kerry Doi, President and CEO of PACE. “Similar to the unifying power of music, PACE’s unifying force is our shared commitment to the work that we do. Throughout 47 years, our mission remains the same – to empower the lives of those most disadvantaged in our communities.”