Thursday, April 11, 2019
6pm - 9pm

Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
5 Embarcadero Center San Francisco, CA 94111

Questions: Earp Events & Fundraising

25 Groundbreaking Years

Since 1994, AIISF has been recognized as a national leader in preserving immigrant history. From reaching National Historic Landmark status, to the ongoing restoration of the Immigration Station, we celebrate the achievements and milestones made by the Foundation over the years. We also recognize the heroes who have played an important role in raising public awareness of the Immigration Station and all those who made the journey to America through the Pacific.

We also recognize that 2019 sits at a crossroads. Ten years ago (February 15, 2009), AIISF helped reopen the Detention Barracks with interpretive exhibits, reconstructed outdoor stairway, new landscaping around the property, and terraces built on the former Administration building site.

This year, site construction will conclude on the Immigration Station Hospital. With community and government support, the former Hospital will be transformed into the Pacific Coast Immigration Center. The museum is scheduled to open Summer 2020.


Immigrant Heritage Awards

This year, AIISF will recognize with its Immigrant Heritage Award, special immigrant Americans whose work in the Bay Area bears witness to the exceptional contributions of Asian immigrants once excluded from entry into the United States. 

    Dennis immigrated to the Bay Area from the Philippines. He became a business leader as an accounting partner at Deloitte and a civic leader as the first person of color elected as President of the Commonwealth Club of California, and the President of the Cal Business Alumni Association. He also served on the boards of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the San Francisco Ballet. He currently serves as the Board Chair of Recology, the Chair of the Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and as the Chair of the San Francisco Chapter of Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA). He also currently serves as a Member of the Board of the Committee of 100.

    Thuy and her family fled their native Vietnam by boat at the end of the Vietnam War, winding up in a refugee camp in Guam before being allowed to settle in America.  Now an award-winning Bay Area broadcast journalist, she currently co-hosts KQED “Newsroom”.

Further, on this special evening – we wish to acknowledge the dedication and service of volunteer docents, Joe and Eliz Chan, with the Spirit of Angel Island Award. For the past decade, they have led tours for thousands of school children and other visitors at the immigration station.

The 2019 award recipients will join previous honorees: I.M. Pei, Norman Mineta, Dr. Herbert Yee, The Honorable Mazie K. Hirono, and C.C. & Regina Yin.

Thank You to our 2019 Sponsors

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The Evening’s Entertainment Provided by:

Dream Achievers is a music ensemble made up of talented young musicians with Autism who have participated in Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN) music program.  Founded six year ago, Dream Achievers members are Lawrence Wang, saxophonist/flutist, drummer and vocalist, Alice Jen, pianist, and Gregory Hebert, guitarist and vocalist.  Their repertoire includes more than 300 songs that range from classical music to jazz/hip hop, Latin, kid-songs, and traditional cultural music. Due to Autism, each one of them has an inspirational story of hope and amazing courage behind their music. / 510-468-9797 /

Immigrant Heritage Award
Past Honorees