The Asian American Action Fund kicked off its fundraising efforts for 2014 with an evening with Congressman Ami Bera (CA-D). An intimate group of AAA-Fund supporters and board members gathered at the Capitol Hill home of Monisha and Rob Santamaria on Wednesday, January 18 to hear the Congressman’s thoughts on a range of issues from international relations with China and India to skyrocketing college tuitions. The evening was highlighted by delicious food, catered by Joseph Marcolin (a.k.a. Joey Garlic of The Pug), and delightful wine pairings.
During the event, Congressman Mike Honda made an appearance to join in the festivities for the evening. Both Congressmen explained the importance that elections this year will have on increasing opportunities for APA candidates and the critical role AAA-Fund plays on supporting such candidates. When asked about his favorite memory during his first term, Congressman Bera spoke about being sworn in to Congress as his father, who had emigrated to the U.S. in 1958, watching from the gallery. “In one generation, he saw his son become a member of Congress,” he added.
After the event, Paul Tiao, a returning AAA-Fund Board member said, “It was indeed a delightful event. We had a meaningful discussion with Congressmen Bera and Honda that was filled with policy, politics, jokes and laughter all around. The event was a great success and we need to build on the momentum.”