CNN's Betty Nguyen to Keynote the Vietnamese American National Gala in San Francisco
Tuesday April 11, 6:00 am ET

 

Third Annual National Event Celebrates Vietnamese American Achievements

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 11 /PRNewswire/ — The Vietnamese American National Gala (VANG) is proud to announce participation by CNN anchor, Betty Nguyen in the 3rd Annual Golden Torch Awards. "I'm truly honored to take part in an event that applauds the many ways Vietnamese Americans have enriched this country and achieved great success in all aspects of life," said Nguyen.This black-tie event will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2006 at San Francisco's Westin St. Francis Hotel. Previous years' speakers have included US Secretary of Transportation, Norman Mineta and US Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao.

VANG celebrates and recognizes Vietnamese American accomplishments. At the awards dinner, the Golden Torch Award will be presented to distinguished individuals and organizations for their contributions to the Vietnamese American community and America. More than 1,000 attendees are expected.

"Betty is not only recognized as a national journalist but to the Vietnamese American community she is a celebrity with superstar appeal," said Ryan Hubris, VANG 2006 executive director. "Through her charitable work and compassion for the community, she demonstrates what it means to be a strong and successful Vietnamese American woman."

Betty Nguyen is a news anchor for CNN. She has anchored several breaking news events, including the death of Pope John Paul II, the London bombing attacks, the tsunami disaster in South Asia and the Iraqi elections. In September 2005, Nguyen traveled to Houston to cover thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims seeking shelter in the Astrodome. That same month, she also traveled to South Vietnam to cover deadly flooding caused by annual monsoons.

Before joining CNN, Nguyen was an anchor for KTVT in Dallas. Nguyen began her career as a morning anchor and reporter at KWTX in Waco, Texas. She has received numerous honors including an Associated Press Award, a Legacy of Women Award, and a regional Emmy Award.

Nguyen is the co-founder of Help the Hungry, an organization that strives to alleviate global hunger as well as provide humanitarian relief to needy families around the world. Her philanthropic work also earned her a spot in the Philanthropy in Texas Hall of Fame.

The 3rd Annual Golden Award Gala dinner is part of a four-day celebration which includes the VANG Celebrity Golf Classic and the San Francisco City Hall Reception on Thursday, May 4, 2006; VANG Leadership Conference, the 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.

VANG is the premier Vietnamese American gathering in the nation. VANG is the Vietnamese American community's version of the Oscar®, but it has a broader scope in recognizing professional achievements and community contributions. The black-tie dinner gala brings together nearly a thousand Vietnamese American luminaries, elected officials, corporate sponsors, and community and business leaders, to honor some of America's best and brightest.

Wells Fargo is the proud Title Sponsor of this year's celebration, along with the Viet Heritage Society (VHS) which 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 19, 2006 at Kelley Park in San Jose, CA.

For additional information on VANG, please visit www.vangUSA.com or contact Ryan Nguyen Hubris or Angie Pawlicki at 408-270-8000, or at info@vangUSA.com.

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Wells Fargo Supports the Most Significant Vietnamese American National Event
Wednesday March 22, 9:00 am ET

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

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 22 /PRNewswire/ — The Vietnamese American National Gala (VANG) has now become an annual tradition and is proud to present its Title Sponsor, Wells Fargo Bank, for the 3rd Annual Golden Torch Award ceremony. Viet Heritage Society will host the black-tie Gala dinner on Saturday, May 6, 2006 at the majestic Westin St. Francis Hotel in the heart of San Francisco, CA.”Wells Fargo is proud to be this year’s Title Sponsor for the 3rd Annual Golden Torch Award in conjunction with the celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage,” said Fred Bertoldo, Wells Fargo’s Santa Clara Valley Community Regional President. “Through our involvement, we hope to bring greater visibility of the progress of the Vietnamese American community, while honoring distinguished individuals for their contributions through VANG’s annual celebrations.”

Ryan Hubris, Executive Director for VANG, foresees an even brighter and more successful future with the involvement of its new sponsor. “We are honored to have Wells Fargo as our Title Sponsor for this year’s event because it plays a significant role for our organization and community outreach,” he remarked. “Wells Fargo’s participation enables us with endless opportunities and opens the next chapter for VANG. We are proud to show how far our community has come and how much more we may accomplish by working together.”

The 3rd Annual Golden Award Gala dinner is part of a four-day celebration which includes the VANG Celebrity Golf Classic and the San Francisco City Hall Reception on Thursday, May 4, 2006; VANG Leadership Conference, the 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.

VANG is the premier Vietnamese American gathering in the nation. VANG is the Vietnamese American community’s version of the Oscar®, but it has a broader scope in recognizing professional achievements and community contributions. The black-tie dinner gala brings together nearly a thousand Vietnamese American luminaries, elected officials, corporate sponsors, and community and business leaders, to honor some of America’s best and brightest.

Viet Heritage Society (VHS) is the host of VANG and it 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 19, 2006 at Kelley Park in San Jose, CA.

For additional information on VANG, please visit www.vangUSA.com or contact Ryan Nguyen Hubris or Angie Pawlicki at (408) 270-8000, or at info@vangUSA.com.

'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