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2011 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Heroes - KPBS

As part of the Union Bank Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Local Heroes Awards and to honor various individuals for their positive contributions and influence they have made to the Asian American community.

The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the Annual Local Heroes Awards, which Union Bank partners with public television station KPBS. The station broadcasts video profiles of the honorees throughout its Asian Pacific American Heritage Month programming from April 19 through May 30.

Congratulations to our 2011 Local Heroes of the Year:

 Tom_Hom_2011.jpg        Tom Hom
        The Tom Hom Group 
        San Diego, CA  


Tom Hom is a community leader and philanthropist. He was the first Asian American elected to the San Diego City Council in 1962 as deputy mayor and later served in the California State Assembly. Mr. Hom is also a successful entrepreneur, having been president of Tom Hom & Associates Realtors and Tom Hom Investment Corporation and chairman of The Tom Hom Group. He is also the founder of the Hom Family Foundation, which has helped launch the Chinese Historical Museum. Mr. Hom serves on many community boards, including the board of San Diego Television, Inc., where he's director and chairman, and BSD Bancorp as director and vice-chairman. Mr. Hom has also received numerous recognitions and awards, including the Center City Development Corporation Director's Award, Gaslamp Quarter Foundation Award, and the Downtown Partners Association "Man of the Year."

 Robin_Tarr_2011.jpg        Robin J. Tarr
        Jonathan Tarr Foundation 
        Encinitas, CA   


Robin J. Tarr is founder of the Jonathan Tarr Foundation, an education-based nonprofit that provides scholarships to a diverse population of underserved boys and girls. The Jonathan Tarr Foundation was established in memory of her son Jonathan, who died in a tragic car accident at 17. Ms. Tarr has drawn strength from her children and her Chinese-Hawaiian heritage to help handle adversity and changes in her personal life. She has received numerous awards, including the Hometown Hero Award, Making a Difference for Women Award, and His Excellency Award from Fidel V. Ramos, former President of the Philippines.

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