AACI to Host Better Together 2017, a Gala Honoring the Dreams of Youth, to be held October 7th at the Computer History Museum


September 7, 2017


Edwin Tan, Director of Advocacy & Development


(408) 975-2319


AACI to Host a Gala Honoring the Dreams of Youth, to be held October 7th at the Computer History Museum

SAN JOSE, CA – Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) will be hosting its annual fundraiser Better Together 2017 on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at the Computer History Museum. The event is expected to bring together more than 400 participants with the goal of raising over $250,000 to support AACI programs which serve largely low income and immigrant individuals from all backgrounds.

The festive evening of networking, food, live auctions and entertainment represents AACI’s opportunity to thank the generous donors and sponsors who have joined AACI in the commitment to serving the behavioral health, wellness and healthcare needs of all regardless of race, faith, sexual orientation or immigration status,” said Sarita Kohli, AACI President & CEO. “I have so much respect for the resolve that our community of supporters have shown speaking out for the underserved, and partnering together to continue transforming our community for the better.

AACI provides culturally accessible services for all ethnicities, and relies on generous community support to provide health, mental health and wellness services to every individual and family who need it, regardless of their ability to pay. Donations collected at Better Together ensure access to the best possible care for anyone who walks through AACI’s doors.

This year, the event will put the spotlight on the AACI’s programs serving youth. “It’s important for us to provide this safe space and teach them to find their voice. They face many challenges, which can range from bullying and discrimination to abuse happening at home. We can only dream of being able to provide enough tools and opportunities for these youth to learn and to be connected with positive role models,” said Howard Lui, Youth Program Coordinator at AACI.

AACI will honor two distinguished guests that truly live out AACI’s mission – to improve the health, mental health, and well-being of individuals, families, and the community, through their work in public service:

  • Dave Cortese, Gordon N. Chan Leadership Award Honoree: Dave Cortese is Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors’ President. He declared 2011 “the Year of the Child”, making a call to eliminate youth incarceration. By working with youth service providers and the Justice System, he was able to reduce the number of youth sent to Juvenile Hall and other detention facilities.
  • John Chiang, People’s Advocate Award Honoree: John Chiang is California’s State Treasurer. He has continuously fought for consumers’ rights and has made transparency a top priority, believing that sharing information with taxpayers enables them to hold government officials accountable.

Better Together 2017 will also feature a special live performance and auction. AACI is excited to announce the live auction packages include naming rights to the AACI Health Center’s lobby, vacation packages and exciting experiences for the whole family.

The generous sponsors partnering with AACI to support this event include: PG&E, Southwest Airlines, Julie C. Chao, The Coca-Cola Company, Comcast, El Camino Hospital, The Gordon N. & Anita T. Chan Foundation, Dr. Jeffery Lee & Susan Lew Lee, Santa Clara Family Health Plan, Palo Alto University, and many more.

Press and media are encouraged to attend and can RSVP with Amandine Aubin atamandine.aubin@aaci.org or (408) 975-2730 X 313.

Event tickets are $200 per person. All proceeds are donated to AACI’s programs and donations are tax deductible. To purchase your tickets, please visit support.aaci.org/bt2017.

AACI Annual Fundraiser: Better Together 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017

6:00pm – 9:00pm Computer

History Museum 1401 N Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA 94043