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2018 Community Catalyst Awards

It’s time for NQAPIA’s Annual Community Catalyst Awards Banquet Fundraisers in New York City and Washington, DC! Click each invitation to learn more about each dinner.Community Catalyst Awards NY PromotionCommunity Catalyst Awards DC Promotion

NY 2018 Community Catalyst Awards

Join National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) at our 2018 Community Catalyst Awards Celebration on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Joy Luck Palace on 98 Mott Street in New York City’s Chinatown.

Join

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 6:00-11:00 p.m.
Location: Joy Luck Palace, 98 Mott Street, Manhattan Chinatown, New York, NY 10013

Honor

Every year NQAPIA honors groups and leaders who have improved the lives of LGBTQ APIs.

Honorees

This year, we will honor two Community Catalyst Awardees:

  • Caribbean Equality Project
  • Longtime activist Suki Terada Ports 

Attend

The evening will include cocktails, a 10-course Chinese banquet dinner and dancing.

Tickets

Purchase your tickets at bit.ly/ccany18.

Community || $85 || NQAPIA Member Group Rate
Supporter || $100 || regular ticket
Benefactor || $150 || buy a ticket & donate a ticket
Limited-income Rate || Variable based on ability. Please inquire.

Host Committee

Host Committee members buy (or sell) a table, receive black & white ads in the program booklet, and name listing on all promotional materials. Purchase your tables at bit.ly/ccany18.

$1000 || Table of 10 guests and half-page ad (5″ W x 4″ H landscape)

$500 || Table of 10 guests and quarter-page ad (2″ W x 4″ H portrait)

Support

All proceeds benefit NQAPIA and local LGBTQ API organizations and activists to attend a national LGBT API conference in San Francisco from July 26-29, 2018. NQAPIA is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization.

Sponsorships

Become a sponsor at bit.ly/ccanysponsor.

Platinum: $5,000

  • Podium mention
  • Two tables for 10 guests (20 tickets) at our 10-course, Chinese banquet
  • VIP seating location
  • Full-page, color ad featured on the back cover of the Catalyst Awards program booklet
  • Name and logo displayed on all promotional materials (emails/webpages)

Gold: $2,500

  • Podium mention
  • One table for 10 guests (10 tickets) at our 10-course, Chinese banquet
  • VIP seating location
  • Full-page, color ad featured on inside cover of the Catalyst Awards program booklet
  • Name and logo displayed on all promotional materials (emails/webpages)

Silver: $1,500

  • Podium mention
  • One table for 10 guests (10 tickets) at our 10-course, Chinese banquet
  • Prime seating location
  • Full-page, greyscale ad in the Catalyst Awards program booklet
  • Name and logo displayed on all promotional materials (emails/webpages)

Bronze: $750

  • Podium mention
  • One table for 5 guests (5 tickets) at our 10-course, Chinese banquet
  • Prime seating location
  • Full-page, greyscale ad in the Catalyst Awards program booklet
  • Name and logo displayed on all promotional materials (emails/webpages)

Program Book Advertisements

Purchase an ad at bit.ly/ccanysponsor.

$250 || Full-Page Ad (5″ W x 8″ H portrait)

$100 || Half-Page Ad (5″ W x 4″ H landscape)

$50 || Quarter-Page Ad  (2″ W x 4″ H portrait)

Share

Join the event on Facebook, and tell your friends to join in! We can’t wait to see you there!

DC 2018 Community Catalyst Awards

Join National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) at our 2018 Community Catalyst Awards Celebration on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Tony Cheng’s Chinese Restaurant on 619 H St NW, Washington, DC.

Join

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 6:00-11:00 p.m.
Location: Tony Cheng’s Chinese Restaurant, 619 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Honor

Every year NQAPIA honors groups and leaders who have improved the lives of LGBTQ APIs.

Honorees

This year, we will honor two Community Catalyst Awardees:

  • Vanita Gupta, Former head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and current President & CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Hyacinth Alvaran, Former Senior Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager at the Human Rights Campaign and current Solutions Consultant at Cook Ross

Access

Please be advised: this event is on the third floor, and the elevator is broken. It likely will not be fixed before the dinner, so attendees must walk up stairs. We sincerely apologize and are deeply troubled by the inaccessibly of the venue for all of our community members. We tried to move the dinner to another location, but no other place (that is near a metro) could accommodate a dinner of our size and at our price point–we looked at 27 other venues!

We are disappointed in this situation and ourselves for being a group that advocates for inclusion, yet we are being exclusive. But, after much discussion and both internal and external dialogue, including members and allies of the disability rights community, we had no other choice but to move forward with the space and find another accessible venue for next year. We know it is far from ideal and we want to be as transparent, honest, and open to accountable as possible.

Attend

The evening will include cocktails, a 10-course Chinese banquet dinner and dancing.

Tickets

Purchase tickets at bit.ly/ccadc18.

Community || $85 || NQAPIA Member Group Rate
Supporter || $100 || regular ticket
Benefactor || $150 || buy a ticket & donate a ticket
Limited-income Rate || Variable based on ability. Please inquire.

Host Committee

Host Committee members buy (or sell) a table, receive black & white ads in the program booklet, and name listing on all promotional materials. Purchase tables at bit.ly/ccadc18.

$1000 || Table of 10 guests and half-page ad (5″ W x 4″ H landscape)

$500 || Table of 10 guests and quarter-page ad (2″ W x 4″ H portrait)

Support

All proceeds benefit NQAPIA and local LGBTQ API organizations and activists to attend a national LGBT API conference in San Francisco from July 26-29, 2018. NQAPIA is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization.

Sponsorships

Purchase sponsorships at bit.ly/ccadcsponsor.

Platinum: $5,000

  • Podium mention
  • Two tables for 10 guests (20 tickets) at our 10-course, Chinese banquet
  • VIP seating location
  • Full-page, color ad featured on the back cover of the Catalyst Awards program booklet
  • Name and logo displayed on all promotional materials (emails/webpages)

Gold: $2,500

  • Podium mention
  • One table for 10 guests (10 tickets) at our 10-course, Chinese banquet
  • VIP seating location
  • Full-page, color ad featured on inside cover of the Catalyst Awards program booklet
  • Name and logo displayed on all promotional materials (emails/webpages)

Silver: $1,500

  • Podium mention
  • One table for 10 guests (10 tickets) at our 10-course, Chinese banquet
  • Prime seating location
  • Full-page, greyscale ad in the Catalyst Awards program booklet
  • Name and logo displayed on all promotional materials (emails/webpages)

Bronze: $750

  • Podium mention
  • One table for 5 guests (5 tickets) at our 10-course, Chinese banquet
  • Prime seating location
  • Full-page, greyscale ad in the Catalyst Awards program booklet
  • Name and logo displayed on all promotional materials (emails/webpages)

Program Book Advertisements

Purchase ads at bit.ly/ccadcsponsor.

$250 || Full-Page Ad (5″ W x 8″ H portrait)

$100 || Half-Page Ad (5″ W x 4″ H landscape)

$50 || Quarter-Page Ad  (2″ W x 4″ H portrait)

Share

Join the event on Facebook, and tell your friends to join in! We can’t wait to see you there!

Share a Coffee with Actor Conrad Ricamora

Making our Communities Visible on National Television

On this Friday morning, instead of worrying on your way to work, hearing the news and quickly grabbing some coffee to-go, join Conrad Ricamora in slowing down, making coffee at home, and donating your $5 latte money to an organization who will protect your community.

Conrad, from ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, donated his latte money to NQAPIA after learning more about our work and Trump’s staff picks. Will you support us, just like Conrad?

Coffee with Condor

Watch Conrad Ricamora talk about his donation to NQAPIA

Last year, Conrad received NQAPIA’s Community Catalyst Award for raising the visibility of LGBT Asians and educating millions about PrEP on national television. Balitang America talks with Conrad at the banquet:

Conrad Ricamora at the 2016 Community Catalyst Awards

Watch Conrad Ricamora receive the 2016 Community Catalyst Award

Tomorrow night, NQAPIA will honor another celebrity, Ongina from RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 1) with the 2017 Community Catalyst Awards for raising awareness of API immigrants and people living with HIV.

NQAPIA Honors Ongina from RuPaul's Drag Race at the NYC Community Catalyst Dinner on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Joy Luck Palace 98 Mott Street. Get your tickets at bit.ly/cca2017

If you cannot join, will you kindly make a donation, so someone else can attend and be with us in community during these difficult times?

Please push out this wonderful video, as our former honoree, as an effort to entice others to attend and support our work: youtu.be/xFaTOZYqj74. Thank you!

#WhyIGive
bit.ly/supportcca
#Catalyst2017
youtu.be/xFaTOZYqj74

Celebrating our Community

Dear friends,

This is a difficult time for many of us. It’s hard to find support with the deluge of despicable declarations that have been coming from the White House. But, we have to support each other. And, there are several champions in our community who have supported the queer API community and efforts to keep or community safe and fight for immigrants’ rights, racial justice, and LGBT equality.

NQAPIA is working hard to keep our community safe and secure. You can help by making a donation.

Glenn speaks at a podium

Later this month, NQAPIA will be hosting our annual Community Catalyst Awards Celebrations in New York City and Washington, DC. They are celebrations of our community, reunions with old friends, and time to inspire a new generation of leaders. Join us!

For me, they are more than just fundraising banquets. They showcase the people who inspire me and have worked hard to defend our community. Let me tell you about them and why they are so special to me.

Community Catalyst Awards Banquet in Washington, DC on March 11


Gautam RaghavanGautam Raghavan is a first-generation immigrant from India and served as President Barack Obama’s liaison to the LGBT community and the Asian American & Pacific Islander community. Before, he was Deputy White House Liaison for the U.S. Department of Defense and led efforts to undo the Pentagon’s anti-LGBT “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. He is now Vice President of Policy of the Gill Foundation where he drives federal and state efforts to ensure a level playing field for all LGBT Americans.


Miriam YeungMiriam Yeung was most recently the Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) leading the country’s advocacy on behalf of AAPI women and girls. Miriam has brought fierce intersectional analysis, practical policy advocacy, and a deep belief in powerbuilding from the base up. I recognize her as a leader in reproductive justice, immigrant rights, economic justice, and racial justice movements.


AQUA DCFor 20 years, Asian and Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA DC) has been promoting positive identity and advocating for the general welfare of the API GBTQ male-identified members of the of the Washington, DC metro area. I’ve know the “AQUA boys” for over 15 years and have always admired their advocacy, coalition building, education, networking, outreach, and support.


Where would our community be were it not for Gautam, Miriam, and AQUA?

Community Catalyst Awards Banquet in New York City on March 25


OnginaOngina (born Ryan Ong Palao) is flying in from Los Angeles and is originally from the Philippines. She was part of the 1st Cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race and was best known for her sweetness, fashionable runway presentations, and coming out to the world as HIV+. She now hosts Logo’s series “HIV and Me” to tell the stories of those living with HIV. Ongina inspires me with her views drag as artistic expression and an outlet for a woman stuck in a gay man’s body to come out and let loose and have fun. I can so relate.


Ng FamilyThe Ng Family is one where each member of the family has done so much for the LGBT API community (pictured left to right: Jonas, Virginia, Maxwell, and John).

Father John Ng, was educated in Hong Kong and came to the U.S. in 1974 looking to better his life and provide an opportunity for the next generation. He has spoken on several panels being the proud father of a transgender son. He has been married to his wife Virginia for 43 years.

Mother Virginia Lou Ng, has been involved in the Asian American community for over 35 years and is best known for her work at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates (formerly the Organization of Chinese Americans) and Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. Virginia served as New Jersey Chapter President and OCA National Vice President.

Son Maxwell Ng chairs the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. Last summer, MTPC passed legislation to protect Trans people in public accommodations. Maxwell also serves on the Steering Committee for the Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA). Founded in 1979, QAPA, is the oldest Asian queer organization in the US.

Brother Jonas Ng is a Vice President at Nationwide Bank. He has excelled as a member of the Bank’s executive leadership team and before was a Managing Director for Discover Card. He is a staunch LGBT ally and has promoted Diversity and Inclusion is at several Fortune 200 financial institutions.


I love that we are honoring a drag queen and a family.

Fundraising

It’s up to the community to support the work of NQAPIA in cultivating a new generation of LGBT API leaders, building local capacity, fighting for immigrants’ rights, and promoting family acceptance. We cannot rely on foundations, corporations, and the rich. So, at each of the dinners, Anish Tailor from KhushDC and Patrick Lee from GAPIMNY will share their personal stories and why they are supporting NQAPIA and the Queer Asian movement. All support at any level helps.

I am so excited for each of these dinners and I hope you can join us. You can buy tickets to the New York and Washington, DC dinners.

If you cannot come, please consider supporting someone else to come so that they can be in community with us. NQAPIA believes that money should never be a barrier to participating. You can donate a ticket by purchasing a ticket for either or both dinners in New York and Washington, DC.

And at the very least, a donation of any amount will help continue the critical work of these amazing honorees. Donate at bit.ly/supportcca.

I hope you can join us and be in community with us either in-person or as a donor. We need your support now more than ever.

In community and solidarity:

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Glenn D. Magpantay
Executive Director
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org

#NQAPIA   bit.ly/supportcca   #Catalyst2017

2017 Community Catalyst Awards

NQAPIA’s Community Catalyst Awards are nights for us to come together as LGBTQ AAPIs and allies and celebrate members of our community. This March, join us for our celebrations in Washington, DC and New York, NY.

DC Community Catalyst Awards Invitation

Washington, DC Community Catalyst Awards

Honorees

  • Gautam Raghavan
    • Vice President of Policy for the Gill Foundation and former liaison to the LGBT and AAPI communities for President Barack Obama
  • Miriam Yeung
    • Former Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
  • Asian & Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA DC)
    • 20 years of providing a safe space, raising visibility and engaging in advocacy campaigns for our communities

Tickets & Sponsorships

Includes chicken, fish, or vegetarian buffet dinner and an open beer/wine bar all night long

Purchase individual or host committee tickets at bit.ly/ccaDC2017

Become a sponsor or purchase an ad at bit.ly/ccaDC2017sponsor

Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1893924520894544/

NY Community Catalyst Awards

New York Community Catalyst Awards

Honorees

  • Ng Family
    • John for being a proud father of a trans son
    • Virginia for her advocacy work at OCA-New Jersey
    • Jonas for promoting corporate diversity & inclusion
    • Maxwell for leading QAPA Boston and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
  • Ongina
    • For making our communities visible starring in “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” (Season 1)

Tickets & Sponsorships

Includes 12-course banquet dinner and dancing

Purchase individual or host committee tickets at bit.ly/ccaNY2017

Become a sponsor or purchase an ad at bit.ly/ccaNY2017sponsor

Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/790111817809401/

 

Not able to make it to New York or DC?
Look forward to Community Catalyst Awards in Chicago this summer and Boston in the fall!

Nominate an LGBTQ AAPI Organization for our Community Catalyst Awards

Member of the Year Awards

Next week, NQAPIA will hold its triennial Leadership Summit, and on Saturday, August 13th, we will hold a Community Catalyst Awards Fundraiser Banquet. This year’s event will highlight something new and exciting.

Help Us Celebrate YOU!

NQAPIA staff pictured at the 2016 NYC Community Catalyst Awards

At the Leadership Summit, instead of only recognizing recognizing well-known or famous individuals, we want to recognize our federation members through several Member of the Year awards!

Our Member of the Year awards will highlight the work you have done in six different areas:

  1. Membership Retention and/or Growth
  2. LGBTQ Visibility
  3. Community Education
  4. NQAPIA Partnership
  5. Community Building
  6. Advocacy

Nominate an organization for any and all categories. NQAPIA federation members are organizations who are explicitly missioned as LGBTQ AAPI organizations.

Self-nominations are encouraged.

We also would like to recognize our Board Members by selecting an NQAPIA Board MVP. Help us recognize their impact on the LGBTQ AAPI community! bit.ly/cca_nominations

Applications are due by Sunday, August 7th by 11:59 p.m. ET.

Purchase a ticket for the Community Catalyst Awards Fundraiser Banquet in Louisiana.

2016 Community Catalyst Awards

NQAPIA’s 2016 Community Catalyst Awards dinners will be held in New York, Boston, and Washington, DC. These events are a chance for us to come together, share a multi-course banquet, enjoy performances by AAPI artists, and honor incredible organizations and leaders in the LGBTQ AAPI community.

When you get involved with the Community Catalyst Awards, you not only show your support in celebrating, but this is also an opportunity to raise money for continued organizing and advocacy in the LGBTQ AAPI community.

Click on the images and links to learn how to get involved in New York, Boston, and Washington, DC.

New York – March 12, 2016

Community Catalyst Awards NYC

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Boston – March 26, 2016

2016 Community Catalyst Awards Boston

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Washington, DC – April 9, 2016

2016 Community Catalyst Awards DC

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