Mineta Named Honorary Chair of JACL Gala

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WASHINGTON – The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) has announced that Norman Y. Mineta will serve as honorary chairman of its annual gala.

The JACL Gala was started five years ago and will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Mineta served as secretary of transportation under President George W. Bush and as secretary of commerce under President Bill Clinton. He had previously served as mayor of San Jose and as a U.S. congressman from Silicon Valley. He is currently a vice president at Hill & Knowlton in Washington, D.C.

The JACL Gala is billed as a “Salute to Champions” and honors outstanding individuals who have made a difference by contributing to the causes in which the JACL is involved. Past galas have honored members of Congress and other exceptional individuals who have served the nation in extraordinary ways. Mineta has been an honoree, and his sister, Etsu Mineta Masaoka, who recently passed away, was honored last year. Corporations that have helped the JACL further its work have also received awards.

National JACL Executive Director Floyd Mori expressed appreciation to Mineta and his wife, Deni: “We are extremely grateful to Norm and Deni for their continued support of the JACL Gala. They have given support and help to the JACL Gala since its inception. We appreciate all they have done for the JACL, for Japanese Americans, for the rest of the Asian American community, and for the nation as a whole.”

David Kawamoto, National JACL president, stated: “Norman Mineta has given outstanding service to the JACL, and we are thankful to him for his continued support in so many ways, including at our national conventions.”

Information on the JACL Gala may be found online at www.jacl.org or by calling the JACL Washington, D.C. office at (202) 223-1240.

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