IAWW honors Mimi Gates and Bill Gates Sr.

The India Association of Western Washington (IAWW) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The association decided to celebrate this occasion by including other mainstream and local Asian communities and honoring their leaders who have been instrumental in building bridges across all communities for years.

Mimi Gates and Bill Gates Sr. are going to be honored at this Oct. 5 celebration for their contribution to the communities through the Seattle Art Museum and Gates Foundation respectively. Mimi Gates, currently the director of the Seattle Art Museum, is working on an exclusive exhibition at SAM titled “The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur, India” from January to April 2009. William H. Gates Sr. guides the vision and strategic direction of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Among other honorees, the association has chosen Phyllis Wise, the provost and the executive vice president for the University of Washington; Lori Matsukawa of KING 5; International District activist Bob Santos; Habib M. Habib of CAPAA; Tay Yoshitani of Port of Seattle; and former Seattle Schools Superintendent Raj Manhas. Many other leaders in the Asian community will introduce these honorees to the audience.

“Each of these honorees have one thing in common: They have been the unifying force for all communities for generations after generations,” says the former president and the chair of the 25th Year Celebrations Debadutta Dash. “By building bridges across other communities we can build a stronger and more peaceful world for tomorrow.” ♦

For more information on the event and about IAWW, visit www.iaww.org.

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