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Asia Society Southern California Annual Gala Dinner

Asia Society Southern California honoring Kobe Bryant, Liu Peng, and Timothy J. Leiweke

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Beverly Hills Hilton
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA

Kobe Bryant, Olympic Gold Medalist and the 2008 NBA MVP, will receive the “Global Ambassador Award” at the Asia Society Southern California’s Annual Gala Dinner, recognizing him as an outstanding humanitarian building global bridges of good will through sport on Tuesday evening, June 30, 2009, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  We invite you to join as a sponsor and support his tireless effort to create global understanding through the power of sport.

Bryant’s popularity extends beyond the United States and Asia.  As a consummate bridge builder, his popularity has risen along with the growth of basketball worldwide. Last summer, Nike China launched a reality TV show called Kobe Mentu or “Kobe’s Disciples.” The finalists traveled to the U.S. and their experience learning about basketball from Bryant became a six-episode documentary. Bryant’s jersey is the most popular piece of NBA licensed apparel in China.

Liu Peng, Minister of China’s General Administration of Sports will also be honored at the gala. Many have declared China’s 2008 Summer Olympic Games as the best ever and Minister Liu was in charge of making it all happen. As the President of the Chinese Olympic Committee, Minister Liu was “the man” supervising thousands of officials and volunteers, balancing the gargantuan budget and organizing dozens of large-scale events with all eyes of the world on him.

Timothy J. Leiweke, President and CEO of AEG, the Los Angeles-based company that also owns STAPLES Center, will receive the Asia Society “Global Corporate Leadership Award.” Under his leadership, Leiweke has built AEG into one of the world’s most innovative and successful sports and entertainment organizations. Recently, in partnership with the NBA, AEG announced plans to build and operate ten new arenas in China in the coming years.  As part of this initiative, the joint venture has begun management of the Wukesong arena, site of the 2008 Olympic basketball games, in addition to having begun construction of an arena in Shanghai and breaking ground on another in Guangzhou.

We are reaching out to you today to support the work of the Asia Society Southern California to foster economic development, cultural understanding, and harmony between all people on both sides of the Pacific. For more information on sponsorship and individual tickets please Deb Jordan at 213-613-9934 x 11 or visit


Mention UCLA Asia Institute for a discounted price of $300.


Cost : $300

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