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Ohlone trustee named Citizen of the Year

By Angela Woodall, Staff writer.

Sunday, March 4, 2007—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Newark—Ohlone College Trustee Garrett Yee has been named Citizen of the Year by the Indo-American Community Federation, a nonprofit community organization that promotes Indian-U.S. relations.

Yee, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve who recently returned from serving in Iraq, will be presented with the award at the organization's annual Unity Dinner.

"Yee was chosen because he is a very committed person who was not only serving his country as a trustee of Ohlone College, but he also served our country in the armed forces," said Jeevan Zutshi, founder and chairman of the organization.

"That speaks very highly of his commitment," he added.

The event will be held March 23 at the Hilton Newark/Fremont, 39900 Balentine Drive. It will begin at 6 p.m. A dinner of chicken florentine or pasta alfredo, as well as wine and dessert, will be served starting at 6:35 p.m., accompanied by live music.

Dinner will be followed by remarks by state Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro; Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, D-Newark; and the mayors of Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward and Milpitas.

The keynote speaker will be Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, who will present Yee and other honorees with their awards.

Other speakers will include Zutshi and Ohlone College President Doug Treadway.

Newark Unified School District Trustee Nina Moore will discuss creating a hate-free community. Additional speakers' topics include political awareness and local community involvement.

After the awards ceremony, the evening will shift to cultural activities, including performances of Chinese folk dance, Chinese martial arts, Mexican folk ballet, classical Indian dance and the pop-infused Indian music style called Bhangra.

The dance floor will be open from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Supporters of the event include New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., National Federation of Indian American organizations, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, Fremont Chamber of Commerce, Fremont Education Foundation, Ohlone College Foundation, Citizens for Better Community, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Alameda County, and the Hispanic Community Affairs Council.

Tickets cost $70 for an individual, $130 for a couple and $650 for a table. Checks should be sent to P.O. Box 14902, Fremont, 94539. For further information or reservations, call (510) 589-3702.

Staff writer Angela Woodall covers Newark, Ohlone College and Washington Hospital. She can be reached at (510) 353-7004 or

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