A Night of Dragons and Dining at the AAa/e Banquet

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Last Thursday, we attended the 36th Annual Asian American Architects and Engineers Awards Banquet at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The theme of this year’s sold-out event was “Together We Build,” celebrating their scholarship program for students pursuing a career in architecture, engineering and construction in Southern California.

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A beautiful scene awaited us as we entered the ballroom

The fun started around 5:00 p.m. as we mingled with fellow AEC professionals. It was great to see and catch up with so many friends. After cocktail hour, a team of traditional Chinese dragons burst onto the scene, escorting everyone to the dining room where our master of ceremonies, local news anchor David Ono,  started things off by giving us the latest score on the Dodger game. Go Dodgers!

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Colorful Chinese Dragons welcome us to the ballroom

This year, in partnership with the AAa/e of Southern California, we presented our first ever “Bluebeam eXtreme Scholarship” to recipient Elizabeth Kee for her efforts to help migrant communities in Asia. While a volunteer in Thailand, Liz helped design and build five sustainable playgrounds for ethnic minority children who escaped eastern Burma’s conflict areas. We were honored to have Liz and her guest, Andrew, at our table and it was a proud moment for all when our CEO, Richard Lee, officially presented her with the award on stage. As Bluebeamer Lilian put it, “Her smile, and boldness to change her life and live in an entirely different country, left an impression with me and many more in attendance that night.”

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Sasha chats with Bluebeam eXtreme Scholarship Winner, Elizabeth Kee

Thanks to the event organizers for hosting such an inspiring evening!

Until next time,

Jenn

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