The annual APAS Fundraising Gala is the Asian Pacific American Society's main fundraising event. The evening encompasses a celebration of our many communities, highlighting community members with the Frank Hara Community Service Award and the crowning of Ms. APAS. Thank you to all of our volunteers, sponsors, and contestants for making the 2022 APAS Gala a successful, sold out event. The official 2022 event program book can be found here.
2022 Frank Hara Community Service Award Recipients
Frank Hara Community Service Award recipients are nominated for their outstanding devotion and community service. As a non-profit organization made possible by volunteers, APAS recognizes and celebrates their hard work. The 2022 Frank Hara Community Service recipients are from left to right: Mr. Tu Dave Nguyen (Vietnam), Dr. Jeffrey Kuo (Taiwan), Ms. Gerlie San Agustin (Philippines), Mr. Surmukh Singh (India), Ms. Xiaoning Kong (China), Ms. Bunly Taing (Cambodia), Ms. Jessica Jones (Indonesia), and Mr. James M Park (Korea).
The Ms. APAS campaign is a contest of dedication and commitment to help APAS raise funds for its various programs. To earn the title and crown of Ms. APAS, one must raise the most funds through program book sponsorship ads, dinner ticket sales, and raffle ticket sales. Results are tallied and confirmed by at least two people and kept confidential until the unveiling of the results at the APAS gala. APAS values the diligence of each candidate, her family, friends, and community members. A special thank you to all the Ms. APAS candidates and the communities they represent.
Pictured below from left to right: Ms. APAS 2019- Ms. Sereiroth Rama (Cambodia), Ms. Halley Pham (Vietnam), Ms. Lily Soniat (Thailand), Ms. Grace Chan (Taiwan), Ms. Chedita Streittmatter (Philippines), Ms. Si-Nae Webb (Korea), Ms. Anita Denais (Indonesia), Ms. Nary Meas (Cambodia).
Congratulations to Miss APAS 2022,
Ms. Grace Chan (Ms. Taiwan)
Born in New Orleans to immigrant parents, Grace Chan has an appreciation for celebrating diversity and cultural roots. Her love of learning encouraged her to acquire a Master of Arts in Teaching, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. With her elementary and early childhood certifications, Grace has taught hundreds of students in the Jefferson Parish Public School System, most recently in an arts integrated school. Her belief in accessible education instilled in her by her Taiwanese mother has motivated her work with high need and low-income populations. In her free time, Grace loves to travel with her sisters, try new dishes, work out, and take care of her bunny.
Congratulations to Ms. APAS 1st Runner Up,
Si-Nae was born in Chuncheon, South Korea. She grew up in Baton Rouge with her parents and two brothers, also adopted from Korea. Si-Nae is a high school senior and honor student. She will attend LSU and would like to study abroad in Korea. Si-Nae works at her mom’s children’s boutique. She volunteers with Catholic Charities where she talks at trainings about her experiences as an adopted person. Si-Nae also volunteers with Second Chance Dog Rescue. She loves traveling to Korea, reading, shopping, and doing jigsaw puzzles.
Congratulations to Ms. APAS 2nd Runner Up,
Ms. Chedita Streittmatter (Ms. Philippines)
Chedita was born and raised in Barangay Looc Castillejos Zambales in the Philippines. She is the daughter of Anita and Jaime Dela Cruz, has two sisters, Ludivina and Imelda, and a brother Florante. Chedita went to Looc Elementary School and San Agustin Barangay High School. She took a secretarial course at Central Luzon Institute of Technology in Olongapo City, and then worked at the Ice Castle Guest House Hotel and Restaurant. She then accepted a position at the Castillejos Municipal Treasurer’s Office, followed by work with the Castillejos Registrar’s Office. She has been married to Master Chief Kevin Streittmatter for 30 years and they are blessed with a son, Kyle. She lives in Harvey, LA and works at the New Orleans Commissary. She loves gardening and cooking for her family and is a member of Kapit Bahay of Greater New Orleans where she has served as Treasurer for 14 years. She is the reigning Ms. Philippines/ Louisiana 2019.