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APIDC: Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California

Join Us at the APIDC Gala!

You are cordially invited to join us for the Fifth Annual APIDC Gala on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

The Gala will take place in the historic and beautiful Cicada Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, at 617 S. Olive Street. Valet parking is available, as are public parking lots on Olive between 6th and 7th Streets.

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.

Individual Tickets:
General – $175
Nonprofit/Community – $125
Friend – $250
Patron – $500

Purchase Gala Tickets

6:00 pm – Reception and Holiday Silent Auction (shop for your holiday gifts!)
7:00 pm – Dinner Program

Enter Our Fabulous Gala Raffle!

Enter the Gala raffle for a chance to win a Hawaiian Vacation Package! Along with your vacation at a first-class resort, the lucky winner will also receive 80,000 complimentary HawaiianMiles to use toward travel redemption on Hawaiian Airlines. (Must have a HawaiianMiles account to redeem. HawaiianMiles must be deposited by December 17, 2018.)

Raffle Ticket Prices:
1 ticket – $10
3 tickets – $20
8 tickets – $50

2018 Honorees

We are pleased to announce Linda & Gary Yamauchi will receive APIDC’s Community Award 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 will be presented to PlayStation, which has endeavored to include consumers with disabilities in its products. PlayStation’s ground-breaking PS4 transformed the gaming experience for individuals with disabilities by providing the ability to completely redesign the controller options to fit each gamer’s needs, text to speech, inverse colors, closed captioning, high contrast, and text enlargement. These accessibility options opened the doors for those with muscular disorders, visual and hearing impairments,  and many other individuals who faced difficulty accessing video games. In addition, PlayStation strives to develop games that are accessible to all gamers.  PlayStation has been recognized for its accessibility endeavors on PS4 and its VR headset. Sony Interactive Entertainment holds annual major events concerning accessibility for its users. By putting accessibility on the forefront, PlayStation is constantly “making the impossible possible”.

The volunteer award will be presented to Voices of Ability, a student-founded and student-run disabilities advocacy organization at Arcadia High School.

Purchase an Ad in the Gala Program Brochure

You can also support APIDC — and gain visibility for your own business — by purchasing an ad in the Gala Program Brochure.

Full page (8 ½ x 11) – $750
Half page – $400
Quarter page – $250

Ads must be submitted by November 3. For further information, or to purchase an ad, please contact Annie Haga at

Become a Gala Sponsor

For information on sponsorships, please contact Annie Haga at

We thank this year’s Silver Sponsors:


PlayStation Logo

Bank of America

Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, L.C.

Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato Logo