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Rep. Chu Announces 2011 Divercities Award Winners

August 24, 2011
Press Release


EL MONTE – Congresswoman Judy Chu, D-El Monte, recently held her second annual Divercities Event, a discussion on diversity and minority development that included recognizing some of the outstanding and diverse business people, volunteers and non-profit organizations in the 32nd Congressional District.

This year's honorees included Grace Gonzalez, Executive Director of Volunteers of East Los Angeles (VELA) as Community Activist of the Year; Nancy Eng of Rosemead as Volunteer of the Year; Asian Pacific Family Center in Rosemead and Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education (BPACE) as Non-Profits of the Year; Harry Kazizian of Exxel Outdoors in Irwindale as Businessman of the Year; and Anita Ron, Founder of BrightWorks, Inc. of West Covina, as Businesswoman of the Year.

"Our incredible diversity here in the 32nd District is reflective of the masses of immigrants from all corners of the globe who have come to America since colonial times, those waves of immigrants who grew this nation into the mightiest economic engine the world has ever seen," said Rep. Chu. "The incredible entrepreneurial spirit of our Valley's small businesses and the business climate that draws large national and multi-national corporations to our communities shows that, despite our tough economic times, America's business ingenuity is alive and well here in the San Gabriel Valley.

"And the wonderful and amazing volunteers, community activists and non-profits of our communities live up to the American ideals of service, community involvement and generosity which also make us unique in the world," continued Chu. "So I felt that it was only right to honor and recognize these wonderful individuals, businesses and organizations today, to recognize the amazing commitment and accomplishments that they make every day for our communities. Our amazingly varied group of honorees this year is proof positive that our diversity is our strength."

It was the second annual Divercities event hosted by the Congresswoman, and was held at the Covina Women's Club in Covina on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011.

Caption: Rep. Judy Chu with her 2011 32nd Congressional District Divercities Honorees.