The Viet Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting the Vietnamese American business community and raising money for student scholarships, honored Cal State Fullerton president Mildred García with the “Local Hero in Educational Excellence Award” for her contributions to higher education.
García claimed the award at the foundation’s inaugural benefit concert on Oct. 18 at AnQi Restaurant in Costa Mesa. “What an honor,” García said. “I am so humbled to receive this distinguished award. It really touches my heart to be embraced by this community.”
The Viet Foundation is a recently created organization and charitable arm of the Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County, with the aim of promoting the Vietnamese American business community in SoCal while building connections with educational partners and raising student scholarship funds.
Tam Nguyen, co-founder and president of the Viet Foundation, recognized García for her leadership and support of minority students.
Sixteen other individuals and four companies also received awards for their contributions to the Vietnamese and Asian American communities, including Disneyland president George Kalogridis and Southern California Edison regional manager Eddie Marquez.
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