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6/27/06       
Damianty Chivukula
Office: 732.247.3999 or 973.450.4443
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New President of Asian Association for Human Services receives recognition from Bipartisan Elected Officials at Anniversary Gala:

(FORDS, NJ) – The Asian American Association for Human Services (AAAHS) hosted their Anniversary Gala on June 23rd at Royal Albert’s Palace on King Georges Post Road in Fords, NJ from 6:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. The highlights of this event were presentation of leadership awards to 10 Asian Americans, and swearing-in of President/Board Chairman and several other board members. The new President and Board Chairman being sworn in is Rantik Parikh. Mr. Rantik Parikh took over presidency of this 13 year old non-profit organization from Clair Iwatsu, who will continue serving on the board as Secretary. New Vice President is Darlene Borromeo and Treasurer is Eric H. Wong. The new board has rainbow representation from Asian communities including Chinese, Indian, Korean, Pakistani, Philippines, etc. 

The Asian cultural program representing, the Chinese, Indian, Korean, Philipino and Mongolian communities was phenomenal. Kids, Working adults and seniors from all communities came together to make this event entertaining and colorful.

Several elected officials, Assemblymen Upendra Chivukula, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, NJ Public Advocate Ronald Chen, etc attended the event. Senator Menendez, Congressman Rush Holt, and Assemblyman Joe Pennachio could not attend due to their prior commitments, but sent special message.

“Asian American community is one of the fastest growing communities in New Jersey. The rapidly growing and aging Asian American population needs access to various services provided New Jersey Department of Human Services and Health and Senior Services. I would like to commend the organization in its efforts to educate, and help the community access various available services, such as healthcare, senior daycare, etc.,” said Assemblyman Chivukula.
 

“Through organizing state and nation-wide forums and health fairs, we will continue to provide Asian Americans with information, education and services related to health issues. We will continue advocating the government and social agencies to eliminate disparity and inequality in healthcare and other matters,” said Mr. Rantik Parikh. Mr. Parikh invited all Asian American Organizations to come together in unity and harmony, affiliate their organizations with AAAHS, let AAAHS act as a cyberspace to disseminate information to promote each other’s ideas, events, programs and issues and let AAAHS act as a common platform to exchange resources, wisdom, ideas and knowledge in order to achieve ultimate goal of helping and empowering Asian American Community.