We're thrilled to announce the 2013 Honorary Chair and Honorary Patron for the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival!
The Honorary Chair is Kimiko Side. She's been a tireless promoter and teacher of Japanese arts and a driving force behind the Takayama-Denver Sister City relationship. Her lifetime of volunteer work led last year to one of the highest honors bestowed by the Emperor of Japan, and she's been receiving awards in the months since then.
Kimiko has also been a volunteer at CDBF for years, teaching festival visitors how to make Japanese crafts.
Our 2013 Honorary Patron is Mercedes del Rosario Huang (right), a Filipina who has built a very successful Colorado-based business, Rocky Mt. Food Factory, manufacturing and distributing ethnic and specialty frozen foods.
Both these women are terrific role models for the Asian community, and for Coloradans in general. Congratulations to both Kimiko and to Mercedes!