Apex Celebrates 20th Anniversary_ Honors 2012 Inspiration Award Recipients

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    Apex Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Honors 2012 Inspiration
                        Award Recipients
  Nonprofit organization serving inner-city, underserved Asian American youth in New
 York City recognizes individuals for their dedicated commitment to the Asian American

New York, New York (May 3, 2012) — Apex, a New York City-based non-profit dedicated to
promoting the development of inner-city Asian American youth, celebrated six inspirational
role models and the organization’s 20th anniversary last night at the Inspiration Awards
Gala Dinner. Proceeds from the dinner benefit Apex programs that enable underserved
children from Asian American communities in New York City to become well-rounded,
productive members of society through programs that meet their academic, social and
personal needs.

“In New York City, one in four Asian American youth live in poverty and one out of three do
not graduate high school on time or at all. The Inspiration Awards Dinner provides us a
chance to call attention to this often overlooked population as well as honor the people who
have made contributions to advancing the Asian American community,” said Michael Lee,
Executive Director at Apex. “Last night was also significant for the milestone we celebrated
– 20 years of serving under-resourced Asian American youth; we are so proud of the
thousands of Apex alumni who have gone on to college and achieved success in life.”

Additionally, the organization announced a name change at last night’s event. Moving
forward it will be known as Apex for Youth.

“We feel Apex for Youth more clearly states our mission to empower youth by connecting
them with positive adult role models,” said Lee.

This year’s six honorees have demonstrated their own commitment to serving the Asian
American community. The 2012 Inspiration Award honorees include:

Ben and Emily Huh, Co-founders of Cheezburger Network
In 2007, Ben and Emily Huh started Cheezburger, one of the largest online humor
publishers in the world where millions of people come every month to get their 5-minutes of
happiness. Cheezburger counts a passionate fan base of 25 million people who upload more
than 500,000 pictures and videos as well as view 500 million pages and 110 million videos
each month.

Aasif Mandvi, Actor, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
Aasif Mandvi is an Indian-American actor who is currently a correspondent for The Daily
Show with Jon Stewart. Aasif’s other television credits include “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Sex
and the City,” “Sleeper Cell,” “The Sopranos,” and “OZ,” among others. His film credits
include “The Proposal,” “Spiderman 2,” “Analyze This,” “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” and
M.Night Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender.” Aasif received the 1999 OBIE award for his
critically acclaimed play, “Sakina’s Restaurant,” which was performed and conceived by Aasif
as a one man show and inspired his feature film, “Today’s Special,” which he co-wrote and
Chad Troutwine, Co-founder and CEO of Veritas Prep; Producer, “Freakonomics”
Chad Troutwine is a decorated entrepreneur, trained attorney, and education pioneer. He is
the co-founder and CEO of Veritas Prep, the largest privately owned GMAT preparation and
graduate school admissions consulting company in the world. Chad is also the co-founder of
Spectrum Station, one of the Midwest's largest early childhood education centers. Since
2003, Chad has produced ten feature films starring more than a dozen Academy Award
winning actors and directors. He is also the co-founder of Freakonomics Media, a digital
partnership with author Stephen Dubner and economist Steven Levitt.

Alexander Tsui, DMD, Founder of Apex
Dr. Alexander Tsui served as Founding President of Apex from 1992 through 2007. Along
with four others, Alex laid the groundwork to start the organization that would become Apex
in 1991. Alex maintains a private practice in New York City with an emphasis on restorative
and cosmetic dentistry. His professional career has included teaching positions, extensive
continuing education, and published articles. Continuing to dedicate much of his time to the
community that he works and lives in, Alex has been recognized over the years for his work
by the media and community organizations. He is currently a member of the Multicultural
Advisory Committee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Visiting Faculty at Spear
Education, a continuing dental education center.

Gwynne Chow Tuan, Fundraiser
Born in Shanghai, Gwynne moved to Washington, D.C., in 1949 with her family. During her
30-year professional career, she was a development executive for Regional Plan Association,
St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, Asian American Federation and China Institute in
America and the development director for the Committee of 100. Additionally, Gwynne
volunteered extensively in the Asian American community through the Charles B. Wang
Community Health Center, Renwen Society and helped to raise critical millions that enabled
the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), a small, grassroots, community museum in
Chinatown that tells the vital story of the Chinese diaspora and more than 160-year history
of the Chinese in America.

Apex was founded in 1992, and through its various academic and social programs, each
year its robust network of volunteers donate more than 6,000 hours of service to reach
more than 200 Asian American youth from almost 50 public schools throughout New York
City. Now 20 years later, Apex boasts a 99 percent college attendance rate and thousands of
youth alumni.

For more information about the Inspiration Awards Gala Dinner or Apex’s work with
undeserved Asian American youth, visit

About Apex for Youth
Founded in 1992, Apex for Youth is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit that seeks to empower youth to
be well-rounded, productive members of society by recruiting professionals to volunteer as
their mentors and teachers. Through year-round one-on-one mentoring, affordable test
preparation classes and culturally sensitive afterschool programming that provides sustained
engagement for students from fourth to twelfth grade, Apex connects youth with positive
role models who inspire them to create and achieve their goals. In the past two decades,
through Apex, thousands of volunteers have served thousands of youth, many returning to
volunteer themselves. For more information visit

Lindsey Mikal
Communications Strategy Group
(303) 433-7020


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