The West Michigan Asian community gathered for its second annual Asian Gala in the International Ballroom of the JW Marriott Grand Rapids. It was a historic night for the community as the prominent Asian organizations in the areaannounced the formation of the West Michigan Asian American Association. Led by the board members of the Asian Professional Organization (APO) and the Asian Health Outreach Foundation (AHOF), this merger will finally provide a major voice for Asian needs and interests in West Michigan.
The group honored Dr. Emily San Diego for her 30 year commitment to West Michigan. Her pioneering efforts paved the way for recruiting Asian medical students and physicians to call Grand Rapids home. David Van Andel, CEO and Chairman of the Van Andel Institute delivered an inspiring speech about West Michigan's global role in the field of life sciences.