‘3rd Annual Golden Torch Award – Bridging Endless Possibilities’

March 15, 2006

'3rd Annual Golden Torch Award - Bridging Endless Possibilities'

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Vietnamese American National
Gala (VANG) has now become an annual tradition and is actively seeking
nominations for the 3rd Annual Golden Torch Award on Saturday, May 6, 2006 at
the majestic Westin St. Francis Hotel in the heart of San Francisco, CA.
Six (6) Golden Torch Awards will be presented to America's best and
brightest in the following categories:

Honorary Vietnamese American:  An award presented to a non-Vietnamese
individual who has made a significant contribution to the lives of Vietnamese
Americans.

National Leadership Award (Two Shall Be Presented -- One Vietnamese
American Organization and One Non-Vietnamese American Organization):  An award
presented to an organization for its efforts in assisting Vietnamese Americans
expand and realize their opportunities in the United States.

Golden Torch Award (Two Shall Be Presented):  An award presented to a
distinguished Vietnamese American for his/her extraordinary achievements in
his/her professional discipline and service to the community.

Student of the Year:  An award presented to an outstanding senior college
student whose services to the community, academic excellence, personal
achievements, and/or future represents the best and brightest of the next
generation of leaders.

Past honorees are as follows:
-- 2005 VANG Honorees
-- Dr. John B. Tsu, Honorary Vietnamese American
-- Lutheran Immigration & Refugees Services (LIRS), National
Leadership Award
-- Ms. Kieu Chinh, Actress, Arts & Entertainment (Garden Grove, CA)
-- Mr. Binh Nguyen, Pho Hoa, Business (Sacramento, CA)
-- Mr. Nguyen Nam Loc, Catholic Charities of LA, Community Services
(Los Angeles, CA)
-- Professor Chi Van Dang, MD, Ph.D., John Hopkins University,
Education/Medicine (Baltimore, MD)
-- The Honorable Tony Lam, City of Westminster, Government
(Westminster, CA)
-- Mr. Hau Thai-Tang, Ford Motors Company, Science & Technology
(Detroit, MI)

-- 2004 VANG Honorees
-- Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, Honorary Vietnamese American
-- Catholic Charities USA, National Leadership Award
-- Mr. Trung Dung, Fogbreak Software, Business (San Ramon, CA)
-- Ms. Ngoan Le, City of Chicago, Government (Chicago, IL)
-- Mr. Do Ngoc Yen, Nguoi Viet Daily News, Media (Westminster, CA)
-- Mr. Tran Dinh Truong, Carter Hotel, Community Services (New York,
NY)
-- Dr. Eugene Trinh, NASA, Science & Technology (Washington, DC)
-- Mr. Dat Nguyen, Dallas Cowboys, Sports (Dallas, TX)

Please submit your nomination online at http://www.vangUSA.com.

The 3rd Annual Golden Torch Award Gala dinner is part of a four-day
celebration that includes the VANG Celebrity Golf Classic and the San
Francisco City Hall Reception on Thursday, May 4, 2006; VANG Leadership
Conference, Napa Valley Wine Tasting & Tour, and VANG Welcome Reception on
Friday, May 5, 2006; San Francisco City Tour and Gala dinner on Saturday, May
6, 2006; and a Sunday Farewell Brunch.
The Vietnamese American National Gala (VANG) is a national annual
celebration of Vietnamese heritage and pride, which is held in conjunction
with the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a month-long celebration in
May of each year, which honors the achievements of Asian Pacific Americans and
recognizes their contributions to America.
VANG is the premier Vietnamese American gathering in the nation. The
black-tie dinner that Gala brings together is nearly a thousand Vietnamese
American luminaries, elected officials, corporate sponsors, and community and
business leaders to honor some of America's best and brightest, and it is
poised to be the preeminent West Coast celebration of the Asian Pacific
American Heritage Month.
Viet Heritage Society (VHS) is the host of VANG.  VHS is a non-profit
501(c)(3) organization based in San Jose, CA. Its mission is to preserve and
promote Vietnamese culture and history through the establishment of cultural
venues and educational programs that foster community understanding and
appreciation. VHS is currently developing the first Vietnamese Heritage Garden
in the nation. The ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled to take place on
Saturday, August 5, 2006 at Kelley Park in San Jose, CA.
For additional information on VANG, please visit http://www.vangUSA.com or
http://www.VietHeritgeSociety.org or contact Ryan Nguyen Hubris or Angie Pawlicki at
408-270-8000, or at info@vangUSA.com.

SOURCE Viet Heritage Society
Web Site: http://www.vietheritagesociety.org

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