APALA-NJ Events Calendar 2018


APALA-NJ’s 21st Annual Gala

Finally Breaking Through: A View From Above the Ceiling

Friday, June 1, 2018

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Cocktail Reception
7:30pm – 10:30pm – Dinner and Awards Presentations

Mayfair Farms
481 Eagle Rock Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052

Keynote Speaker:

The Honorable Gurbir S. Grewal

Mistress of Ceremonies

Ernabel Demillo



Trailblazer Award
The Honorable Ravinder S. Bhalla

Corporate Leadership
Tommy Shi, Esq.
Head of Purchasing, Mercedes-Benz Manhattan

Professional Achievement
The Honorable Lora Fong


Unfortunately, Alice Lee Giannetta will be unable to emcee our Gala this year as she unexpectedly must be in Russia as part of her Mrs. World responsibilities.

We are absolutely thrilled to now announce that our Mistress of Ceremonies this year will be ERNABEL DEMILLO!

Ernabel is a veteran Emmy-nominated New York City broadcaster and Professor of Journalism.  For 10 years, she worked as a reporter and anchor on the Emmy-award winning FOX morning news show, "Good Day New York."  She currently hosts and reports for CUNY-TV's three time Emmy-nominated program "Asian American Life."  She is an award-winning journalist, cited by the Governor of New York for her service and contributions to the Asian American Community and was honored with a Folio Award for Best Environmental Reporting.

Ernabel is also a tenured Journalism Lecturer at St. Peter's University.  In 2017, Ernabel was the inaugural recipient of the Frank LoMonte Ethics in Journalism Award.  Ernabel is also quite active in the Asian American community and has served on the boards of several organizations including: Vice President of Broadcast for AAJA, board member for APEX, an AAPI mentoring organization and board member for the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), the largest pan-Asian advocacy group in the country.

Ernabel lives on the Jersey Shore with her husband, John Muller, an anchor for PIX 11 News, and their daughter.


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