Gala Awardees
Congressman Christopher Smith, recipient of Spirit of Liberty Award at BPSOS Gala

 

First elected to Congress at the age of 27, Congressman Chris Smith has earned the reputation as a courageous advocate for the people, the go-to-guy, and a “bulldog” in seeing a cause through.

According to the congressional watchdog organization, GovTrack.us, which monitors lawmaking performance over the past two decades, Congressman Smith ranks second out of all 435 members of the House of Representatives in authoring bills that have been successfully enacted into law, a clear indication of Congressman Smith’s legislative skill and ability to get things done.

As the leader of key international relations panels and subcommittees, he has been at the forefront of our nation's foreign policy battles for almost 30 years, including efforts to promote human rights and democracy, enhance national security, combat global terrorism, and stop the evils of slavery and anti-Semitism once and for all. In early 2010, the Times of Trenton saluted Congressman Smith noting his “hands-on advocacy” in consistently helping US citizens forced to negotiate a thicket of international laws and said Congressman Smith “has championed the rights of individuals caught in a vortex of foreign laws and lawlessness.”

Congressman Smith is best known among Vietnamese Americans for his successful effort to stop the forced repatriation of tens of thousand Vietnamese boat people in 1995—his legislative initiative led to the creation of the Resettlement Opportunity for Vietnamese Returnees (ROVR), which has resettled of over 18,000 former boat people after their repatriation to Vietnam. This program was later extended to resettle close to 2,000 former boat people stranded in the Philippines. For a decade and a half Congressman Smith has been a staunch champion for freedom and democracy in Vietnam.

Congressman Smith co-chairs the Vietnam Congressional Caucus.

 

 
Founders of BPSOS to be presented Community Legacy Award at BPSOS Gala

 

We would like to honor BPSOS’ founders for their outstanding services and contributions toward organization’s mission. Without their personal sacrifice, solid determination, long-term dedication and commitment, we would not have BPSOS today. The Community Legacy Award goes to:

  1. Dr. Nguyen Huu Xuong
  2. Mr. Phan Lac Tiep
  3. Mr. Nhat Tien
  4. Mr. & Mrs. Duong Phuc & Vu Thanh Thuy
  5. Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Ky
  6. Dr. Dinh Xuan Anh Tuan
  7. Mrs. Truong Anh Thuy
  8. Mr. Le Tri Hung
  9. Professor Nguyen Ngoc Bich
  10. Ms. Lollichon Lyne
  11. Ms. Pham Ngoc Phuong
  12. Mrs. Nguyen Thanh Thuy
  13. Mr. Truong Hong Son
  14. Mr. Ho Buu
  15. Dr. Ton Nu Hoang Anh
  16. Mr. Barr Chau
  17. Ms. Luu Anh Hang
  18. Mr. Dinh Quang Anh Tuan
  19. Mrs. Lowman  Hiep
  20. Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang

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Senator John McCain, recipient of Spirit of Liberty Award at BPSOS Gala

 

Senator John McCain has a remarkable record of leadership and experience that embodies his unwavering lifetime commitment to service. First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982, John has led the fight for reforming Washington, eliminating wasteful government spending, and strengthening our nation's armed forces.

Senator McCain's reform agenda to reduce federal spending and lower taxes quickly elevated him to statewide office and he was elected to the United States Senate in 1986, after serving two terms in the U.S. House.

In the Senate, he continued to demand that Congress put an end to loopholes for special interests and fix the broken system in Washington that too often allows lobbyists to write legislation and members of Congress to waste taxpayer money. In November of 2010, Senator McCain was overwhelmingly reelected with nearly sixty percent of the vote.

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Hollywood Icon and Humanitarian Tippi Hedren to be presented the Service of Humanity Award at BPSOS Gala

Falls Church, Virginia | May 09, 2011 – BPSOS will present its “Service of Humanity” Award to the iconic star and humanitarian Tippi Hedren at its 30-year anniversary gala in Washington, DC on Saturday, July 2, 2011. The award is presented to individuals who make notable contributions to the betterment of humanity and compassion and diligence in their fight for human rights and dignity.

Discovered by Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren was cast in her two most notable films The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964). Hedren’s contributions to world cinema have been honored with Life Achievement awards in France at The Beauvais Film Festival Cinemalia 1994; in Spain, by the Fundacion Municipal De Cine in 1995; and The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, 2011. In 1999, Hedren was honored as “Woman of Vision” by Women in Film and Video in Washington, D.C., and received the Presidential Medal for her work in film from Hofstra University. She received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and a Genesis Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Humane Society (HSUS) in 2009. She received a Golden Globe for her performance in The Birds and in June 2011 received the “Women Together Award” founded by the Queen of Spain and presented by the United Nations.

Hedren has devoted much time and effort to charitable causes; most notable among them was her volunteer work as International Relief Coordinator for “Food For The Hungry” Project for four years. Her efforts working with the Vietnamese American community stemmed from her providing career guidance to a nucleus of only 20 Vietnamese refugee women – fled from a war-torn country in the aftermath of April 30, 1975 – whom she arranged to receive training as manicurists in 1975. Hoping to rebuild their lives and providing a safer environment for their families in the “land of the free,” the women quickly learned the new job skills and sought after the nail industry with Hedren’s compassionate support. The pioneering work of that initial group of 20 set the foundation for a thriving beauty service industry. Currently, there are over 100,000 manicuring shops in the U.S. operated by Vietnamese Americans – a significant entrepreneurial success for the large population of Vietnamese newcomers to support their families and send their children to school.

How it began, in Hedren’s own words:

 

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