Northern California Chapter 4Q2010 Events

Volunteer Recognition and Holiday Dinner

APCA Northern Chapter held its first Volunteer Recognition and Holiday Dinner at the Legendary Palace Restaurant in Oakland Chinatown on December 17th. Attendees were treated to a beautifully prepared nine-course banquet style dinner. It was well attended by many volunteers who worked throughout the year in support of APCA projects and events. Our signature National Awards Banquet was held in the Bay Area this past September and it could not have been as successful as it was if it was not for the efforts of many of the volunteers in attendance. We also recognized our first three Key Volunteer Awardees for their exceptional contributions this past year. They are listed below.

  • Derek Richardson for his work as APCA Secretary, Lead Administrator of the 2010 National APCA Scholarship Program, Silent Auction Committee Lead (Awards Banquet) and his volunteer efforts at the Community Tech Fair, Meet & Greet and CAAEN.

  • Si Si Lee for her yeoman efforts in promoting APCA in the Sacramento area, as Membership Director, Facilities Committee Lead (Awards Banquet), Monthly Newsletter, Mentoring Program, Dragon Boat Team Captain, Recruitment drive and Community Tech Fair.

  • Peter Shankel for his leadership of the National Awards Sponsorship Committee that resulted in the largest sponsorship dollars obtained to date for a National Awards Banquet and for his key staffing of the Community Tech Fair and for the production of the Northern Chapter Value Proposition Booklet and the National Awards Banquet Program.

It was a festive evening of celebrating each other's accomplishments and enjoying the delicious menu and warm camaraderie.

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Annual APCA Christmas Toy Drive

APCA conducted its annual Christmas Toy Drive in support of the Yuk Yau Child Development Center in Oakland Chinatown and the Joy Lok family resource center in the San Francisco Chinatown where over 450 toys were donated. It brought the holiday spirit and bright smiles to many children from new arrived immigrant families adjusting to life in the Bay Area and to western culture. In both centers, the children and their families celebrated with a Christmas party where all the toys were donated by AT&T employees. Many thanks to the generosity of our co-workers and to our building coordinators for another successful year.

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AADP Bone Marrow Drive

On November 15 and 16, APCA organized a joint event with CNAATP, FACES, HACEMOS and OASIS in sponsoring a second annual bone marrow donor registration drive in San Ramon, Pleasanton and San Francisco. The drive was held in association with the Asian American Donor Program (AADP) in the Bay Area. We took the opportunity to educate fellow employees on the severe shortage of ethnic minorities in the National Registry. It is because of this shortage, ethnic and diverse patients are less likely to find a matching donor. The program requires a donor to only register once. While last year's drive obtained the most donor registrants for AADP in the Bay Area for 2009, our second drive ranked second in 2010 for the organization as well. Thank you to all the employees who registered and will now have the unique opportunity of potentially saving a life; and thank you to our volunteers who all received AADP tee shirts for helping in the registration efforts this year.

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