The Asian Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA) Board of Directors presented the President George H.W. Bush award for outstanding achievement to Holly Ham on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at its 26th Anniversary Gala in Houston, Texas. Ms. Ham was recognized for her outstanding accomplishments in her career and commitment to the Asian Pacific American community.
Other award recipients included American First National Bank for the Corporate Achievement Award and Dr. Feng Jianwei for the Community Service Award.
Ms. Ham thanked her parents for daring to dream of a better life for their family after immigrating to Texas in 1980. Her parents and other family members, close friends, and acquaintances joined her at the awards gala. The Honorable Dr. Martha Wong, the Honorable Gordon Quan, State Representative Gene Wu, and Congressman Al Green were also present among the community leaders and guests that numbered over 500 at the event.
APAHA was formed in Houston in 1992 with a mission to recognize the accomplishments of Asian Pacific Americans, promote awareness and increase understanding of the Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures and its diversity through education and celebration. The month of May is celebrated nationally as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and continued throughout the year.
Betty Gee is a member of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association Board of Directors.