IAWW Honors Mimi Gates & Bill Gates Sr. on Its 25th Anniversary "Building Bridges" Event

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This will be a great inspiration for us and our youth to be our future leaders

Event: Celebrating "Building Bridges" 25th Anniversary of IAWW. Date: Sunday October 5th, 2008

Time: 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM Venue: The Westin Bellevue, WA The India Association of Western Washington (IAWW) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. And 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 celebration for their contribution to the communities through the Seattle Art Museum and Gates Foundation respectively. Mimi Gates currently as the Director of the Seattle Art Museum is working on an exclusive exhibition at SAM titled "The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur, India" from January – 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 the 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." "This will be a great inspiration for us and our youth to be our future leaders," says Murthy Kalkura, the current president of the IAWW.

Prior to this event the Association will also be celebrating the 139th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2nd. It is being celebrated as an awareness and fundraising event at the Governor's mansion in Olympia on Thursday October 2nd, 2008 by the IAWW benefitting its Seniors and Youth programs in 2009.

Debadutta Dash

Former President, IAWW; Chair for the 25th Year Celebrations http://www.iaww.org

dddash@netzero.net; 206-330-8512

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