President’s Note – November 2013
Dear Asian Avenue readers,
All the single ladies and all the single gentlemen have put their hands up! In our third annual ‘Singles Issue’, we feature 14 Asian-American bachelors and bachelorettes. Read more about these young people and come meet them at the Singles Mingle Mixer on Saturday, November 23rd at Go Fish Sushi and Lounge.
Last month, our annual halloween party at 1515 Bar & Lounge was a hit with more than 300 people in attendance dressed in an array of costumes. Thank you for coming out to support the magazine. We always love meeting our readers—even if dressed as minions or zombies! We also want to thank 1515 Bar & Lounge (1515barlounge.com) and its staff for hosting us and DJ Guest (djguest.org) for spinning until the lights came on.
This month, our Spotlight section recognizes a brilliant individual. My good friend Harry Budisidharta is a young attorney who has received numerous awards for his community service. Not only did he skip high school and enter college at the age of 14, he has spent the last decade giving back to the Asian and refugee communities. Congratulations to Harry on his many achievements and we thank him for continuing to elevate our Asian-American community.
Another outstanding leader is Dr. Jaime Yrastorza, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award on October 12 at the 25th annual Uplift Internationale Gala. Dr. Yrastorza is the founder of Uplift Internationale, an organization that helps provide care and surgeries to children born with facial deformities. In 2011, he was also recognized as an Asian American Hero of Colorado. Learn more about him and the biography he has recently written about his life as an immigrant from the Philippines.
The “Not For Sale” project, established by Miss Asian American Colorado Thuy Trang, has kicked off! The project focuses on human and sex trafficking awareness. Thuy is selling t-shirts and tanktops to make a statement that human beings cannot be sold and that our lives are worth more than any price. Proceeds from the sales will go to The Little Rose Shelter, a refuge for young girls who are survivors of, or at risk for, abuse and trafficking in Vietnam. Please support the project by purchasing a shirt at www.missaaco.com.
Next month is our Best of 2013 issue and we need your help! Please visit www.asianavemag.com to vote for the best restaurants, supermarkets and entertainment of the year.
Annie Guo, Sailor Girl
Asian Avenue magazine