APIDC Gala 2018
The Fifth Annual APIDC Gala was held on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at the historic and beautiful Cicada Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles.
Proceeds from this holiday fundraiser will be utilized to support APIDC’s programs, including our March 8-9, 2019 Statewide Disabilities Conference, annual Youth Leadership Institute, educational seminars, trainings, peer group convenings, and Pathways pilot project on mental health.
APIDC’s Community Award was presented to Linda & Gary Yamauchi for their exemplary leadership in supporting countless causes over the years. After a 30 year career with Southern California Edison, Linda has served as an appointed member on the Los Angeles County Commission on Aging, the Executive Board of Little Tokyo Service Center, and the Center for Asian Pacific American Women. She has received many awards, including from the Greater Los Angeles YWCA and the LA County Commission on the Status of Women. Gary served on the Alhambra City Council since 2004, including as Mayor three times. The owner of Tri-Star Vending, he employs 25% of his staff from Homeboy Industries. Gary also has served on the boards of many nonprofits, including the Go For Broke National Education Center. He has also received numerous awards, including the Citizen of the Year Award from the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, through Gary and Linda’s leadership and guidance, APIDC sponsored a ground-breaking educational community fair to raise awareness about disabilities. The event, called “Walk N Roll”, was held at The Alhambra, with the generous support of developer Wayne Ratkovich.
The corporate award was presented to PlayStation, which endeavors to make sure gaming is for everyone, including those with disabilities. In 2015, PlayStation added accessibility settings into the PS4 system which offered gamers the ability to enable features like text to speech, display closed captions, zoom, enlarge or bold text, invert colors, adjust the screen contrast, and “remap” button assignments to customize their controllers. These accessibility options were a welcomed addition by gamers who have faced difficulty playing video games in the past and further emphasizes how PlayStation continues to “make the impossible possible.”
The volunteer award was presented to Voices of Ability, a student-founded and student-run disabilities advocacy organization at Arcadia High School.
2018 Gala Sponsors
We thank our 2018 Silver Sponsors:
Bank of America
Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, L.C.