Congratulations 2017 Asian American Heroes of Colorado!

Every year, the Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network hosts the annual Asian American Heroes of Colorado. Heroes are those that have selflessly given their time and efforts toward significantly improving the Asian Pacific Islander communities. This prestigious award is given to those that are nominated by the community. These nominations are then viewed by a committee of several prominent Asian Pacific Islander American organizations in Colorado to select the top heroes.

From left to right: Kate Tauer, Mani Dahal, Karen Shimamoto (top), Donna LaVigne (bottom), Maria Cheng (top), Khánh Vũ (bottom), & Paul Maruyama


Help us in congratulating our 2017 Heroes!

Young Hero Award:
Karen Shimamoto
Japanese American
Multicultural Programs Coordinator at the Cultural Unity & Engagement Center at the University of Colorado Boulder

Maria Cheng
Chinese American
Founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Esprit Asia

Mani Dahal
Bhutanese Nepali American
Sustainability Program Manager at ECDC African Community Center

Donna LaVigne
Filipino American
Founding Board Member of Mending Faces

Khánh Vũ
Vietnamese American
Executive Director of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

Ally Award:
Kate Tauer
Caucasian American
Founding Member of Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Paul K. Maruyama
Japanese American
Founding Member/ Former President of Japan-American Society of Southern Colorado

To read their amazing stories, pick up the May issue of Asian Avenue at our distribution locations, or read the online version here. 

Buy your tickets today to attend the award ceremony and join us in celebrating these wonderful leaders. 

With more than 250 community leaders, supporters and organizations from across Colorado, the event will include recognition of the heroes, acceptance speeches, a dim sum brunch, and more!

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017   
Time: 10 am -12 pm
Location:  Kings Land Chinese Restaurant
2200 W Alameda Avenue, Denver CO 80223