Asian Youth Center (AYC)

By Michelle Freridge



San Gabriel, Calif. – Over 300 guests are expected to attend the Asian Youth Center (AYC) 32ndAnniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 22 that is expected to raise more than $175,000 to support at-risk youth in the San Gabriel Valley and throughout Los Angeles County. AYC,a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering low-income, immigrant and at-risk youth and families to overcome barriers to success through culturally and linguistically competent education, employment, and social services, celebrates 32 years of community service by hosting a gala reception on the outdoor rooftop Garden Terrace at the Hilton Los Angeles/ San Gabriel. Themed “Harvest Harmony,” the sold out event highlights AYC’s initiatives that cultivate youth-led social justice. 

The Awards Ceremony will recognize AYC’s valued partners and colleagues for their significant contributions and commitment to youth in the community. This year’s honorees include the following:

  • Pacific Plaza Premier Development Group will be receiving the Corporate Partnership Awardfor their active support of AYC during the early months of the pandemic and stay-at-home order. Pacific Plaza Premier supported AYC’s Emergency Food Program and mobilized friends and colleagues during AYC’s Spring Campaign, helping the organization raise more than $100,000 over three months to expand and meet the unprecedented needs of the Emergency Food Program due to the sudden surge of individuals and families experiencing food insecurity in the San Gabriel Valley.
  • Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, will be receiving the Community Leadership Award for her outstanding and steadfast leadership guiding Los Angeles through the COVID-19 pandemic and dedication to the health and well-being of the communities AYC serves during the pandemic. 
  • Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) will be receiving the Community Partnership Award for its national leadership on the Stop AAPI Hate initiative and raising awareness about the recent increase in hate incidents and violence against Asian Americans, and advocating for resources to address anti-Asian hate.
  • Ted Chen, General Assignment Reporter for NBC4, will be receiving thePresident’s Recognition Award for his longtime support and service on the AYC Community Advisory Board for the last 20 years and positive impact and contributions to the Asian and Pacific Islander American community.

“It’s so great to see this outpouring of support for AYC during these extraordinary times,” said Ricky Choi, President of the AYC Board of Directors. “On behalf of the Board of Directors and the youth and families that we serve, I want to thank all of our generous sponsors and donors for stepping up to provide the financial support necessary so that AYC can continue to deliver programs and services that have a positive impact and create productive outcomes for our youth.”

Key event sponsors include Diamond Sponsor, Pacific Plaza Premier Development Group.

Platinum Sponsors include Cathay Bank, Gay Yuen Ph.D., H Mart, NBC4, Royal Business Bank, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, and Tawa Charitable Foundation.

Gold Sponsors include Becker Law Group, Exact Tax, and One Legacy Foundation.

Silver Sponsors include California Bank & Trust, CCYP, DAO Strategies, GE Properties, Kaas Settlement Consulting, Law & Mediation Offices of Elizabeth Yang, McNicholas & McNicholas LLP, Pham Law Group, Ricky Choi, Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuaries, U.S. Bank, and Wilmington Trust.

For the comfort and safety of the guests, all attendees have been requested to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the event. A full list of sponsors and supporters can be found on the Gala website, www.aycla.org/gala.


About the Asian Youth Center 

Founded in 1989, the Asian Youth Center (AYC) is a community-based 501(c)(3) whose mission is to empower low-income, immigrant, and at-risk youth and families, of all communities, to overcome barriers to success through the provision of culturally and linguistically competent education, employment, and social services. Serving the San Gabriel Valley, Antelope Valley, and East Los Angeles and South Los Angeles areas of Los Angeles County, AYC helps youth succeed in schoo


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