The Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association (MNAPABA) hosted its Annual Gala on August 24, 2022, at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.
It was the organization’s first in-person gala since 2019, and they enjoyed a fantastic turnout with a beautiful venue, great company, and delicious food.
“As we have navigated the unexpected challenges and ever-changing environment of the last couple years, we have reflected on the things that matter to us most—our friends and family, our communities, and the well-being of the places we call home,” says MNAPABA 2021-22 President Mayura Noordyke. “The evening was a celebration with our community of members, supporters, and friends that give us all the strength and resilience we lean on as we move forward together.”
MNAPABA also celebrated its law student scholarship recipients who received the Inaugural Terry M. Louie Founder’s Scholarship, named after a founding member of MNAPABA and the organization’s first president.
Keynote speaker ThaoMee Xiong, executive and network director of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) provided an inspirational yet grounding story about her experiences as an immigrant, her work advocating for underserved communities, and what it means to her to connect with the past and look forward to the future.
MNAPABA would like to thank all its sponsors for making this event happen and thank everyone who joined for the evening.
“We look forward to a new board year,” says Noordyke.