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Jeri Hunt
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Sho Dozono To Receive National Pan Asian
American Excellence Award in Community Service
Travel Executive Honored for Contributions to America

PORTLAND, OREGON (April 25, 2002) - Sho Dozono, President and CEO of Azumano Travel/American Express in Portland, Oregon, is one of eight Asian Americans who will receive the Excellence Award in Community Service to be presented by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) at a banquet in New York City on May 7, 2002. The USPAACC said the award recognizes Dozono's hard work, perseverance and contributions to the American way of life. Dozono joins another Northwesterner, Olympic Short Track Gold Medalist Apolo Anton Ohno of Seattle, in receiving the organization's highest honor.

The award continues a year of accolades for Dozono, who together with his wife, Loen, organized the "Flight for Freedom" that inspired 1,000 Oregonians to travel to New York City in a massive show of support one month after the September 11th terrorist attacks. The group was warmly greeted by New Yorkers appreciative of the Oregonians efforts to help rebuild the city's economy and to convince Americans everywhere to travel again. The week-long action-packed trip, which included marching in the Columbus Day Parade, garnered worldwide publicity and earned recognition from President George W. Bush, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, New York Governor George Pataki and many others. For his efforts, Dozono was presented the American Express Great Performers Award.

Earlier this year, Dozono had the distinction of serving as an Olympics Torchbearer and was recognized for his efforts to raise funds in order to have the torch pass through Portland on its way to Salt Lake City. Currently, Dozono is Chair Emeritus of the Portland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He is also a founding board member of the Portland Public Schools Foundation. In 1996, he helped organize a public rally and mobilized 30,000 citizens to march in support of schools. Like Flight for Freedom, the size of the March for Our Schools far exceeded expectations.

Past recipients of the USPAACC Excellence Award include Tiger Woods, architect I.M. Pei, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, actor Jackie Chan, Olympic Gold Medal Skater Kristi Yamaguchi, and Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, who called the Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce "the first and only Pan-Asian American trade association that represents all of the different Asian ethnic groups in America." The awards culminate the Chamber's 14th Annual CelebrASIAN Conference at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in midtown Manhattan. May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

In addition to Dozono and Ohno, the other honorees include Viet Dihn, who serves as an assistant attorney general in Washington, D.C.; Lisa Ling, a star of The View on ABC Television; Edmund Moy, a special assistant to President Bush; Ambassador Sichan Siv, who represents the US at the United Nations Economic and Social Council; Dr. David Wong, who led the team that created the anti-depressant Prozac; and Thomas Chen who created a small company that now does $37 million in annual sales.

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