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State Farm to Receive OCA's 2008 Corporate Partner Award
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For Immediate Release 
16 July 2008

Hope Chu | Senior Communications Manager | 202 223 5500 |

Award will be presented at OCA’s National Convention and 35th Anniversary Celebration in Washington DC, July 31-August 3, 2008

Washington DC—OCA, a national Asian Pacific American organization with 80 chapters and college affiliates across the country dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being for Asian Pacific Americans, announced that State Farm will receive OCA’s 2008 Corporate Partner Award at the OCA Gala Awards Banquet on Saturday, August 2, 2008.

"State Farm has been a long-time partner of OCA and a pillar of support in our work in the community and with the private sector,” said Ginny Gong, OCA National President, "Their dedication to OCA’s mission and members has been unwavering and inspirational, and we are proud to present them with this year’s Corporate Partner Award.”

Since 1994, State Farm has been the presenting sponsor of a number of OCA programs. APIA U: Leadership 101, OCA’s college leadership training program, reaches hundreds of APIA college students each year. The JACL/OCA Leadership Conference brings emerging leaders from both organizations together for an annual training in Washington, DC. The APA Entrepreneur Empowerment Training Scholarship is a new collaboration providing APA entrepreneurs with business development training.

State Farm is also a member of OCA’s Business Advisory Council, a vital link between OCA and the business community, providing financial, professional, and corporate guidance to OCA. In addition, State Farm has been a major supporter of OCA’s successful internship program, and is the Platinum Sponsor of the Gala Awards Banquet at the OCA 2008 National Convention.

"State Farm is proud to support OCA's advocacy efforts and continued groundbreaking programs. OCA is a prominent leader of the Asian Pacific Islander American community engaging in critical civil rights, social justice, and economic empowerment issues,” said Sonya Gong Jent, Vice President Multicultural Business Development Group, State Farm®." 

The OCA National Convention draws Asian Pacific Americans from around the country and is one of the largest annual gatherings of APAs in the US. This year, OCA celebrates its 35th anniversary. Since 1973, OCA has been a leading voice for the advancement of Asian Pacific Americans, helping to create new opportunities for the APA community and encourage the full participation of APAs in US society.  

The convention features three days of workshops; an Exhibit and Career Fair; and a Community Health Fair which are free and open to the public. College, youth and senior activities are free but are open to registered participants only. Contact the OCA National Center at or 202 223 5500 to register. Early registration closes July 20, 2007. The conference will take place at the Hilton Washington in Washington, DC. A full schedule of events is available online.

State Farm® insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. State Farm's 17,000 agents and 67,000 employees serve over 78 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and more than 1.9 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 32 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit® or in Canada®.

Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA is a national organization dedicated to the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.   

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