“They Serve With Honor”
& Charity Casino
The OCA-Greater Houston annual “They Serve With Honor” Awards Reception & Charity Casino is a signature event that encourages local companies and organizations to recognize the Asian Pacific Americans in their workplace who actively participate in civic and community affairs; help eliminate prejudices and stereotypes about Asian Pacific Americans; and foster positive images to enhance the appreciation of Asian Pacific Americans in the workplace who may otherwise be overlooked as the proverbial “unsung hero.” We all know that knowledge is key to eradicating racism and fostering understanding. We are proud to have APA Employee Honorees that exemplify this commitment of equality who “Serve with Honor.”
Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Awardee
The Honorable Theresa Chang, Civil Court 2
Outstanding Achievement Awardee
Thomas Nguyen, Peli Peli
Outstanding Asian Pacific Americans
in the workplace who "Serve With Honor"
Helen Chou, Houston Public Library
Prof. Randall Xu, University of Houston – Clear Lake
Albert Liou, Esq., Jones Day
Sagun Amatya, ConocoPhillips
Legacy & Leadership Campaign
In May 2016, OCA-Greater Houston (OCA-GH) received a historic opportunity with a $1 Million Dollar 2-to-1 Matching Grant until the 2020 Census and 2021 redistricting by a National Foundation committed to helping the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community build capacity and sustainability to continue OCA-GH’s work developing future AAPI leadership and civic engagement (including Citizenship assistance). This means for every $1 you donate, the foundation will match with $2. OCA-Greater Houston is one of 25 national AAPI organizations selected for this program in recognition of the work the chapter has done for the community since 1979. The Legacy & Leadership Campaign will ensure the capacity building, sustainability, and growth of OCA-GH programs and builds on our current community partner relationships to bring together the power and reach of AAPIs in the Greater Houston Metropolitan area. The Asian American population in Greater Houston is growing at a dramatic rate, and we want to ensure that the civic institutions that serve the diverse Asian American communities will be able to keep pace with the population growth and build capacity for the future.
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Harvey AAPI Community Relief Fund
As TX State Rep. Gene Wu said on August 29, 2017, “This may be the worst of times. But this is the best of humanity.” As a community of immigrants and children of immigrants, it is in our roots to band together and help each other out in the face of disaster.
Here’s how you can help:
Donate now. OCA–Greater Houston and our community partners have established the Harvey AAPI Community Relief Fund that will work in conjunction with the Harvey Community Relief Fund that was founded by other trusted organizations in Houston to pool resources and coordinate their distribution. We want to make sure that the AAPI community is represented and adequately served in efforts to recover and rebuild, and that aid is distributed efficiently and equitably to all underserved populations of Houston. Harvey is a disaster of historic proportions and is not something that is short-term. We are looking at a multi-year time period where people will need shelter and assistance and years of work to help communities rebuild over the long term.
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