Two-time Tony Nominee Eva Noblezada, Emmy Award-winning Filmmaker Jason DaSilva, Dr. Ram Raju, MD, and Project by Project (PbP) Received 2019 Coalition for Asian American Children and Families Catalyst for Change Awards 

2019 CACF Catalyst of Change Awards. Photo by Lia Chang

The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) hosted its 3rd Annual Catalyst for Change Awards Gala at the Edison Ballroom in New York on November 4 to celebrate CACF’s empowerment of Asian Pacific American (APA) children and families and to honor those who are a force for positive change in the APA community.

Co-emcees Ernabel DeMillo and Alan Muraoka. Photo by Lia Chang

The emcees for the evening were Ernabel Demillo, Reporter/Host of 7-time Emmy nominated show “Asian American Life” and Contributing Reporter for “Arts in the City” and “Science and U” on CUNY-TV; and Alan Muraoka, Actor/Director of “Sesame Street”. Alexander Tsui, DMD served as gala chair.

Gala Chair Alexander Tsui, DMD. Photo by Lia Chang

Honorees included two-time Tony nominated actress Eva Noblezada, who can be seen on Broadway as Eurydice in Hadestown and in Diane Paragas’ feature film, Yellow Rose, a coming of age story about an undocumented Filipina; Jason DaSilva, Film Director, Producer, Writer, and President of AXS Lab and founder of AXS Map, a website and accessibility database to find disability friendly places around the world; Dr. Ram Raju MD, MBA, FACHE, Senior Vice President and Community Health Investment Officer of Northwell Health who evaluates the needs of Northwell Hospital’s most-vulnerable communities and helps the health system eliminate health disparities; and Project by Project, which is an innovative philanthropic nonprofit that empowers the Asian American community, accepted by Liliana Chen, Cofounder.

2019 CACF Catalyst of Change Award Recipients Eva Noblezada, Liliana Chen, Co-Founder of Project by Project, Emmy Award-winning Filmmaker Jason DaSilva and Dr. Ram Raju MD, MBA, FACHE. Photo by Lia Chang
From left to right: Eva Noblezada (Two-time Tony Nominated Actress, theater and film, Liliana Chen (Co-Founder of Project by Project), Anita Gundanna (Co-Executive Director of Coalition for Asian American Children and Families), Jason DaSilva (film director and President of AXS Lab), Dr. Ram Raju MD, MBA, FACHE (Senior Vice President and Community Health Investment Officer of Northwell Health), Vanessa Leung (Co-Executive Director of Coalition for Asian American Children and Families). Photo by Lia Chang
From left to right: Eva Noblezada (Two-time Tony Nominated Actress, theater and film, Liliana Chen (Co-Founder of Project by Project), Anita Gundanna (Co-Executive Director of Coalition for Asian American Children and Families), Jason DaSilva (film director and President of AXS Lab), Dr. Ram Raju MD, MBA, FACHE (Senior Vice President and Community Health Investment Officer of Northwell Health), Vanessa Leung (Co-Executive Director of Coalition for Asian American Children and Families), Gala Chair Alexander Tsui, DMD. Photo by Lia Chang

The Gala united more than 350 community advocates and professionals across industries and raised funds to benefit CACF’s leadership training programs and policy advocacy campaigns.

2019 CACF Catalyst of Change Awards Benefit and Gala at Edison Ballroom in New York on November 4, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

CACF is the nation’s only pan-Asian children and families’ advocacy organization bringing together community-based organizations, as well as youth and parents, to fight for equity and to fight against racism and discrimination towards APA communities. CACF listens, trains, unites and fights to build an APA community too powerful to ignore.

(l-r) Voices of the Community speakers: Rehan Mehmood, South Asian Council for Social Services, Jeehae Fischer, Korean American Family Service Center, Linda Oalican, Damayan Migrant Workers Association, and Jason Wu, Esq. Photo by Lia Chang

Testimonial speaker: Sadaf Omar, Senior Program Manager, Neighborhood 360 Small Business Services. Photo by Lia Chang

Jenny Low, Director, Community Engagement Division, New York City Council, Office of Speaker Corey Johnson presented CACF with a citation commending CACF’s work and dedication to New York’s APA community.

Jenny Low, Director, Community Engagement Division, New York City Council, Office of Speaker Corey Johnson presented CACF’s Co-Executive Directors Anita Gundanna and Vanessa Leung with a citation commending CACF’s work and dedication to New York’s APA community. Photo by Lia Chang

“CACF is incredibly thankful to our generous event sponsors and donors whose support allows us to be an independent and strong voice for those most marginalized in the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. We are honored to share tonight with Jason DaSilva, Eva Noblezada, Dr. Ram Raju and Project by Project and are truly moved by their persistent and incredible contributions towards furthering social justice and equity for APA communities.” said Anita Gundanna, Co-Executive Director, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families.

CACF Co-executive Directors Vanessa Leung and Anita Gundanna. Photo by Lia Chang

“I am deeply honored to be awarded as a Catalyst for Change by CACF, said Eva Noblezada. “In my career I’ve been lucky enough to portray such strong women whose stories revolve around humanity and truth. Little Eva never saw herself represented by roles that dealt with survivorship, identity and a struggle for rights. And these are present challenges that immigrant communities face today. So I am humbled to be recognized by CACF- an organization that for over three decades has helped build a voice to advocate for the largely immigrant Asian American community in NYC. It means the world to me. And I can stand here in confidence knowing that powerful organizations like this are here to lift up such incredibly diverse communities that I am so lucky to be a part of. Thank you.”

Anita Gundanna, Eva Noblezada and Vanessa Leung. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Acquires Diane Paragas’ Award-Winning Independent Film YELLOW ROSE Starring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga, Princess Punzalan, Dale Watson, Gustavo Gomez, Libby Villari and Liam Booth 

Diane Paragas’ Multiple Award-Winning Film YELLOW ROSE, Starring Eva Noblezada, Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan and Lea Salonga, to Screen in Boston, Austin, Philadelphia, San Diego, Vancouver, Toronto, Oahu and Kauai

“I am truly honored to be recognized by CACF. My most important mission in life has been to give voice to the unheard. CACF and I have been working closely to gather meaningful data about Asian Americans with disabilities, which could help improve their stations in life. I am grateful to CACF for their continued efforts to serve the Asian American community.” said Jason DaSilva, founder and CEO of AXS Lab.

Jason DaSilva, Anita Gundanna, Vanessa Leung. Photo by Lia Chang
Jason DaSilva. Photo by Lia Chang
Jason DaSilva. Photo by Lia Chang

“Over 70% of Asian Pacific American (APA) New Yorkers are foreign-born, and over one in four APAs struggle in poverty. Our communities face multiple challenges accessing services to support their health, education, and well-being. CACF advocates for equity and opportunity for marginalized APAs and we are grateful to share tonight with our allies, partners, and friends who graciously and generously support our work.” said Vanessa Leung, Co-Executive Director, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families.

Dr. Ram Raju MD, MBA, FACHE, Anita Gundanna and Vanessa Leung. Photo by Lia Chang
Dr. Ram Raju MD, MBA, FACHE, Anita Gundanna and Vanessa Leung. Photo by Lia Chang

Ram Raju MD, MBA, FACHE, Senior Vice President and Community Health Investment Officer of Northwell Health, said “I am proud to receive CACF’s Catalyst for Change Awards. For over 30 years, CACF has advocated for the most marginalized of our Asian American community. They understand the importance of working with government and other systems to ensure that children and families receive the services they need in a language they understand. As a medical professional and administrator, I believe everyone should have access to quality healthcare regardless of their language, their socioeconomic status and their history. It is important for health care systems to partner with groups like CACF to ensure we build strong connections to communities and work together to address health disparities.”

“Project by Project has built a network of community-minded professionals who care about social issues and building an empowered Asian America. It is an honor to be recognized by CACF — an organization relentlessly fighting for the Asian American community for over 30 years! This award will energize our passion to make a positive difference” said Liliana Chen, Co-Founder of Project by Project.

Vanessa Leung, Liliana Chen and Anita Gundanna. Photo by Lia Chang
Liliana Chen. Photo by Lia Chang
Liliana Chen. Photo by Lia Chang

A live auction and a pledge auction was led by auctioneer Charles Antin, which took place after the awards ceremony.

Auctioneer Charles Antin. Photo by Lia Chang
Auctioneer Charles Antin at work. Photo by Lia Chang

Event sponsors of CACF’s 2019 Catalyst for Change Awards Gala included Northwell Health, Edward Pauly and Barbara Turvett, Blossom, Frensco Building Products, Main Street Radiology, Muskasey Frenchman & Sklaroff LLP, and The Poses Family Foundation.

ASAP Youth Leaders. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 CACF gala guests. Photo by Lia Chang
Risa Morimoto, Liliana Chen, June Jee, Elaine Chang, Ti-Hua Chang, Lia Chang, Vivian Lee, Alexander Tsui and Susan Kim Tsui.
2019 CACF gala guests. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 CACF gala guests. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 CACF gala guests. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 CACF gala guests. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 CACF gala guests. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 CACF gala guests. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 CACF gala guests. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 CACF gala guests. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 CACF gala guests of Edward Pauly and Barbara Turvett. Photo by Lia Chang
Liliana Chen, Vivian Lee, Jean Hon. Photo by Lia Chang
Vanessa Leung, Jean Hon. Photo by Lia Chang

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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