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Daniel Oh, Bob and Joanna Sakata named CDBF honorary chair, patrons

Committee announces honorary selections for 10th annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

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CDBF Honorary Chairs

2001 – Ved P. Nanda

2002 – Susanna Choi

2003 – Bill Hosokawa

2004 – Stan Matsunaka

2005 – Donna LaVigne

2006 – Jaime Yrastorva

2007 – John Yee

2008 – George and Helen Yoshida.

2009 – Kerry Hada

CDBF Honorary Patrons

2006 – Linda and Leo Goto

2007 – Jimmy and Linda Yip

2008 – Anna and John C. Sie

2009 – MillerCoors

DENVER – Bob and Joanna Sakata, and Daniel Oh were named honorary patrons and chair, respectively, on May 12 for the 2010 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, which takes places July 24-25 at Sloan's Lake Park.

 

The CDBF honorary patron selection was created in 2006 and is selected by the festival's board of directors. According to the CDBF, those selected have a proven record of philanthropic and charitable efforts that support awareness and the betterment of both the AAPI communities and communities throughout Colorado. The committee recognized MillerCoors in 2009.

 

Bob Sakata, a second-generation Japanese American, owns a 3,000-acre farm near Brighton where he and his family grow a variety of vegetables – including 25 million ears of sweet corn. Along with his wife of 50 years, Joanne, the Sakatas have contributed to a number of different groups ranging from health care to helping the homeless.

 

"Nothing makes a person feel better than giving," Bob Sakata said in a release. "You're happier at home, more productive at work and all that giving will come back to you in great, great lumps.

 

"If you really want to feel good, give till it hurts."

 

The CDBF honorary chair was created in 2001 and is nomiated by the AAPI communities. According to the CDBF, the chair is a member of the AAPI community who serves as a positive role model through their public position, volunteer work or social activism. The committee recognized Kerry Hada in 2009.

 

Oh, a first-generation Korean American, has been active in Colorado's AAPI community, participating in a variety of groups from the Governor's Asian Pacific Advisory Council to being a founding member of the Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership. He also serves on the National Unification Advisory Council of Korea, a worldwide group that discusses issues and unification of North and South Korea.

 

"My vehicle as a volunteer activist is to serve the Asian people and to reach out to American society to help open doors for them in the state of Colorado and beyond," Oh said in the release.

 

For more information about the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, go to www.cdbf.org.

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