SAN JOSE — Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) will be hosting Char-a-oke Night, a festive evening of networking, diverse buffet stations, and fun entertainment where community leaders (our local celebrities) will sing karaoke to help fund AACI’s programs.

The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy., Santa Clara. Reception, silent auction, raffle and games at 5:30 p.m.; dinner and program at 7 p.m.

Mike Inouye and Norman Mineta
Mike Inouye and Norman Mineta

NBC Bay Brea traffic anchor Mike Inouye will emcee the event, which will feature the following honorees:

• Gordon N. Chan Leadership Award recipient Norman Mineta, former U.S. secretary of transportation and former U.S. secretary of commerce. He has served in various political offices throughout his career, including mayor of San Jose and member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

• Health Care Trailblazers Dr. Albert and Anna Wang, co-founders of Friends of Children with Special Needs. Dr. Wang is an internist and partner at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). Mrs. Wang co-founded the Austism Parents Task Force, and has been active with various community organizations supporting housing, advocacy and people with developmental disabilities.

• Business Trailblazer Van Dang, vice president and deputy general counsel of Cisco Systems Inc. She serves on many boards and councils for the non-profit community, including the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

AACI is grateful for the generous support of event sponsors, including Pacific Gas and Electric Company; The Gordon N. & Anita T. Chan Foundation; AT&T; California Bank and Trust; The Raymond Foundation; Southwest Airlines; and Media Sponsor NBC Bay Area.

For more information and to register, visit

AACI is the largest non-profit organization focused on the Asian American community in Santa Clara County and was founded in 1973. Its mission is to improve the health, mental health and well-being of individuals, families and the Asian community. AACI’s diverse services include primary care medicine, mental health services, HIV testing, education and prevention, youth development services, substance abuse treatment, a DUI (drinking under the influence) program, a Center for Survivors of Torture, problem gambling treatment, a domestic violence shelter, senior wellness services, and advocacy. For more information, visit

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