Congressional Leadership Awards honors locals

Congressional Leadership Awards honors locals

Congresswoman Judy Chu Saturday honored San Gabriel Valley leaders at the 7th Annual Congressional Leadership Awards in Alhambra. Nominated by their own communities, honorees included Arcadia businessman Kin Hui.

“Community involvement is a must,” Hui said. “Community is about people.” Hui took home the Business Person of the Year award for West San Gabriel Valley, for his philanthropic works and dedication to community.

Also honored was Arcadia native Gene Glasco. A Vietnam War veteran, Glasco has worked tirelessly to bring recognition to fellow veterans during the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary. He also worked to build the Arcadia Vietnam War Memorial, which was completed while Glasco battled cancer caused by Vietnam-era chemical weapons.

The honorees were:

  • Margaret Mgrublian (Volunteer of the Year)
  • Andrew Behnke (Business Person of the Year — East San Gabriel Valley)
  • Kin Hui (Business Person of the Year — West San Gabriel Valley)
  • Rosalyn Collier (Educator of the Year)
  • STEAM:CODER (Non-Profit of the Year — West San Gabriel Valley)
  • EYE-DAS (Non-Profit of the Year — East San Gabriel Valley)
  • Sergeant Bob Hung (Building Bridges Award)
  • Yesenia Acosta (Building Bridges Award)
  • Gene Glasco (Community Activist of the Year)

Since 2009, the Congressional Leadership Awards have honored philanthropists and activists within 27th Congressional District. The district stretches from Alhambra to Glendora, and covers Pasadena, Arcadia and other communities. The awards initially revolved around the diversity within the region, but Chu eventually decided to focus on community leaders in particular.

“I wanted to find a way to honor them,” Chu said. “Many of them are unsung heroes. There are many stories like this in the district.”

Pegasus Communications, which publishes this website, has a business relationship with Mr. Hui.

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