3. December 2013 13:21
Please join us in congratulating Andrew Ly and his family. Andrew’s success story came to the attention of President Obama after the White House asked USPan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) for recommendation of a successful Asian American business whose inspiring immigrant story could be shared to a wider audience.
In a speech on immigration reform delivered on November 25 in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, President Barack Obama singled out USPAACC Member Andrew Ly’s remarkable success story – from refugee to Founder, President and CEO of Sugar Bowl Bakery – in a crowd assembled at the Betty Ong Recreation Center that included U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Asian American Congressional Representatives Judy Chu and Mike Honda, former mayor and current California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, members of the Board of Supervisors, and heads of city agencies. The address was televised live nationwide.
Named “Most Admired CEO in the Bay Area” in 2007 by San Francisco Business Times, Andrew Ly and his award winning Sugar Bowl Bakery is recognized by the community as one of the leading businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. The fairytale success of Sugar Bowl Bakery Business comes not only from Ly’s dedication, but with the strong support system of his family who has been there every step of the way.
Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) honored Mr. Ly in October 2011 with its Immigrant Heritage Award, which is given to individuals and organizations who exemplify the courage and perseverance of immigrants and the valuable contributions that they make to our nation.
Andrew Ly is one of the founding members and a long time supporter of APAPA. His generosity includes providing office space for APAPA’s Bay Area Chapter, baked goods for APAPA events and fundraisers. In 2009, Andrew was the recipient of the APAPA Community Service Award for his contributions in the API community and in 2012 the first San Francisco Internship class presented Andrew with the Civic Service Award.
To read the President’s speech, go to www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/25/no-matter-who-you-are-or-where-you-come-america-place-where-you-can-make-it-if-you-t
To read more about Andrew’s family bakery business, go to www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Bakery-family-hailed-by-Obama-enjoys-sweet-success-5015403.php#photo-5521414
2. April 2012 18:23
Officers and Board Members of APAPA attended the Greater Sacramento Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce's (GSVACC) 1st First Annual Installation Banquet and Gala. On Saturday, March 31, 2012, C.C. Yin, Ofa Mann, Tom Bhe, Edgar Calderon, Paul Chow, Honey Lum and Julie Tcha celebrated GSVACC's very successful year at Hilton Sacramento Arden West.
GSVACC (gsvacc.org) has accomplished admirable feats this past year—Little Saigon, tutoring programs, helping businesses and more. APAPA is proud to support such a community-driven, hard-working organization.
Over 200 people attended the event. Slideshows showed the several different projects, events and programs GSVACC has done during the past year. Not only were attendees blown away by the slideshows, but attendees were also entertained with traditional Vietnamese music.
The night ended with great music, friends and a bigger commitment to supporting our community and local businesses.