Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce to Host 13th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on February 7

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Celebration to Include Awards Ceremony Honoring International SEMATECH Manufacturing (ISMI), Dell, Austin Mayor Will Wynn, and Designer Michael Hsu

The Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce (TACC) announces the 13th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 7, 2009. In the tradition of the Lunar New Year, the Celebration brings together stakeholders from diverse communities in Austin - large and small businesses, educational institutions, government, and the public at large. With this year's theme of "Going Green," the Year of the Ox Celebration honors Texans that are committed to a sustainable "green" future, including those that are building Austin's brand, and practice, as a nationally competitive green city, and those that are influencing the global supply chain.

As part of the Celebration, TACC will present four awards to individuals and corporations that have contributed to Austin's transition to a sustainable green economy:

  • Global Green Awards to Dell & International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) - These awards honor Austin-based high-technology innovators that have had a significant influence on the global green supply chain, and have thus furthered Austin's global brand as one of the top green cities, and one of the top innovation cities, globally.
  • Texas Sustainability Leadership Award to Austin Mayor Will Wynn - This award is given to a public individual that has used his/her platform to advance practices that create a sustainable economy for the citizens of Texas.
  • Sustainable Horizon Award to Designer Michael Hsu - This award is reserved for a private individual that has demonstrated commitment to advancing sustainable practices in his or her field.

"This year's awards were created to honor those who leverage Austin's natural economic resources," says Mohan Kharbanda, Chairman of the Board of the Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce. "Austin is at the forefront of sustainability initiatives and each of the award recipients have played a unique and important role in making this a reality - be it by fostering a collaborative business climate, forging new design milestones, or supporting green technology research and development. By highlighting those who are achieving results, we encourage emerging companies and caring individuals to do the same"

TACC's 13th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration welcomes the "Year of the Ox," which symbolizes prosperity through persistence and hard work. Tradition dictates that family and business ties are celebrated in the first fifteen days of the year. As such, the annual celebration brings together government & community leaders, business owners, community organizations, and major corporations every year to celebrate the accomplishment of local and national Asian American Achievements. Additionally, during the celebration, TACC will award $1,000 college scholarships to four Asian-American high school seniors who have excelled either scholastically or in their community. Key sponsors include Jones Day, Dell, and Vinson & Elkins.

This year's Lunar New Year Celebration will feature a reception replete with Asian hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction with a view of the new downtown skyline, dinner featuring cuisine from diverse Asian cultures, entertainment from award-winning improvisation comedian Les McGehee and Miss Asian Texas Allyn Hoang, who will lead the Parade of Nations pageant; and musicians including pianist Betty Lin and the Akins High School Eagle Band. Dinner will be followed by a live band and dancing in the ballroom - including Dragon Dancers, Tahitian Dancers, Bamboo Dancers, and Ballroom Dancing.

The event begins at 6:00 PM on February 7, 2009 and will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Austin, Texas. Tickets are available for purchase online: http://tacc.clubexpress.com/.

About Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce (TACC)
TACC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting business opportunities and closer ties between the Asian-American community and the Central Texas community at large.

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