ABOUT THE EVENT

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This year, the Unforgettable Gala returns to the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, December 11. Character Media proudly presents the 19th annual awards ceremony and celebration, recognizing the Asian and Pacific Islander leaders who have fought for API presence in the arts, entertainment and culture.

On this night, our community honors the efforts and dedication of these individuals, and anticipates a future of authentic representation for all.

 

Dress Attire:

Black Tie | Cultural Touches Appreciated

The Unforgettable Gala is pleased to introduce its 2021 theme—‘RISE.’

‘RISE’ speaks to the ascension of our communities in the face of the hardships we’ve endured over the past two years. Despite the spread of anti-Asian hate crimes during a global pandemic, we have not only survived, but fought back—speaking out against racism, protecting our loved ones and honoring our shared cultural heritage. This year, we recognize and commemorate these efforts.

We are also celebrating 30 years since the founding of Character Media and its publication family. Since 1990, we have strived to make a place for Asian America in all entertainment arenas and have been at the forefront of the battle for representation.

With the return of Unforgettable, we once again pay tribute to the talented voices, rich diversity and incredible achievements of our community.

COVID-19 SAFETY

Character Media is committed to providing an experience that puts guest and staff safety first. This year’s Unforgettable Gala will incorporate measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and will follow public health guidance along with local government orders.

Each guest will need to provide (1) proof of vaccination and (2) COVID test result (72 hours prior or less) via the CLEAR app. (Further instructions will be provided.) Masks will be required when not actively eating or drinking. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the Beverly Hilton hotel and event spaces. The hotel also provides continuous cleaning of public spaces, utilizing advanced cleaning technology and solutions.

SPECIAL GUESTS

Award Recipients

Sandra Oh

Actor in TV

Justin Chon

Actor in Film

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

Breakout in TV

Simu Liu

Breakout in Film

Destin Daniel Cretton

Director

Adele Lim

Writer

Jason Y. Lee

Digital Influencer

Jimmy O. Yang

Comedy

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Vanguard

88rising | Sean Miyashiro

Changemaker

Shohei Ohtani

Pechanga Athlete on Another Level

Andrew and Peggy Cherng

Community Impact

Honorable Mentions

Andrew Koji
Anna Akana
Ashley Park
Awkwafina
Bowen Yang
Chloe Zhao

Justin H. Min
Justin Lin
Kelly Marie Tran
Leah Lewis
Lee Isaac Chung
Lewis Tan

Meng’er Zhang
Olivia Liang
Patti Harrison
Poorna Jagannathan
Ronny Chieng
Steven Yeun

Special Thanks

Unforgettable Gala
Selection Committee

This year’s nominees have been chosen by an esteemed group of individuals who have tirelessly worked to represent and uplift the Asian Pacific Islander American community.

We are honored to have their support, and this event would not be possible without their efforts.

Adele Lim
Albert Cheng
Alexander Woo
Andrea Chung
Anisha Adusumilli
Ashley Lee
Ben Baller
Ben Tran
Bing Chen
Bobby Hundreds
Calista Wu
Cassey Ho

Christina Chou
Craig Shimahara
Daniel Dae Kim (Committee Chair)
David Park
Dino-Ray Ramos
Dupe Bosu
Eddie Kim
Francis Cullado
Hieu Ho
Janet Yang
Jeannie Park
Jeanne Yang
Jeff Yang

Jeniffer Kim
Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Jeremiah Abraham
Jes Vu
Jodi Long
John Cho
Julia Gouw
Kathleen I-Ying Lee
Kelly Hu
Kevin Kwan
Kevin Na
Lana Condor

Lawrence Sharma
Lee Ann Kim
Leonardo Nam
Lindsay Price
Lisa Ling
Lyle del Mundo
Manny Jacinto
Marie Jamora
Michelle Sugihara
Ngoc Nguyen
Nita Song
Paul Kim

Phil Yu
Philiana Ng
Philip Chung
Philip Wang
Pia Barlow
Rebecca Sun
Sally Chan
Snehal Desai
So Yun Um
Sujata Day
Tan France
Teddy Zee
Wesley Chan

SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES

PRESENTING
$300,000

  • Naming rights to event: “Presented by”
  • Category exclusivity
  • Present at the Award Dinner & After Party
  • Private dinner with award recipients and sponsors
  • Official host for award recipients
  • Official host for press announcement
  • VIP seating for 20 people split between 3 tables*
  • Celebrity seating at the orchestra tables
  • Special recognition during program
  • Opportunity to speak at event
  • Exclusive sponsor logo on press red carpet backdrop
  • 30-second commercial spot during the program (2 times)
  • Rotating screen projection of logo at event and after-party
  • Premium signage at event, VIP lounge and after-party
  • Premium logo on all formal invitations (print)
  • Premium logo on all promotional materials
  • Logo on official gift bag
  • Product distribution in event gift bag
  • Product display during event, VIP lounge and after-party
  • Special mention as presenting sponsor in all press releases
  • Mention in Character Media event feature story
  • Full-page back cover & center spread ad in E-Magazine

ALCOHOL
$100,000 + Product

  • Product exclusivity
  • VIP seating with celebrities in studio section
  • Seating for 10 people split between 2 tables
  • Special recognition during program
  • Sponsor logo on general red carpet backdrop
  • 30-second commercial spot during the program
  • Rotating screen projection of logo at event
  • Branded photo booth placement
  • Logo on digital invitations
  • Premium signage at venue
  • Premium logo on all promotional materials
  • Branded display during event
  • Product served at hosted bar
  • Product distribution in event gift bag
  • Special mention in all press releases
  • Mention in Character Media event feature story
  • Full-page ad in E-Magazine

PLATINUM
$100,000

  • Product exclusivity (except Studios)
  • VIP seating with celebrities in orchestra section
  • 10 people split between 2 tables
  • Special recognition during program
  • Sponsor logo on general red carpet backdrop
  • 30-second commercial spot during the program
  • Rotating screen projection of logo at event
  • Branded photo booth placement
  • Logo on digital invitations
  • Premium signage at venue
  • Premium logo on all promotional materials
  • Branded display during event
  • Product served at hosted bar
  • Product distribution in event gift bag
  • Special mention in all press releases
  • Mention in Character Media event feature story
  • Full-page ad in E-Magazine

AFTER-PARTY
$100,000 + Product

  • Category exclusivity for after-party
  • Official After-Party host
  • Seating for 10 people in studio section
  • Acknowledgment during program
  • Logo on digital invitations
  • Product distribution in event gift bag
  • Branded display during after-party
  • Product served at hosted bar
  • Product display at after-party lounge
  • Mention in all press releases
  • Mention in Character Media event feature story
  • Full-page ad in E-Magazine

BEVERAGE
$75,000 + Product

  • Category exclusivity for reception/dinner (spirits or wine/beer)
  • VIP seating with celebrities in studio section
  • 10 people split between 2 tables
  • Special recognition during program
  • Sponsor logo on general red carpet backdrop
  • 30-second commercial spot during the program
  • Rotating screen projection of logo at event
  • Branded photo booth placement
  • Logo on digital invitations
  • Premium signage at venue
  • Premium logo on all promotional materials
  • Branded display during event
  • Product served at hosted bar
  • Product distribution in event gift bag
  • Special mention in all press releases
  • Mention in Character Media event feature story
  • Full-page ad in E-Magazine

GOLD
$75,000

  • VIP seating with celebrities in orchestra section
  • 10 people split between 2 tables
  • Acknowledgment during program
  • Rotating screen projection of logo at event
  • Logo on digital invitations
  • Product distribution in event gift bag
  • Product display during event
  • Mention in all press releases
  • Mention in Character Media event feature story
  • Full-page ad in E-Magazine

SILVER
$50,000

  • VIP seating with celebrities in studio section
  • 10 people split between 2 tables
  • Acknowledgment during program
  • Rotating screen projection of logo at event
  • Logo on digital invitations
  • Product distribution in event gift bag
  • Product display during event
  • Mention in Character Media event feature story
  • Full-page ad in E-Magazine

STUDIO
$50,000

  • Seating for 1 table/10 people in studio section
  • Acknowledgment during program
  • 30-second commercial during program
  • Rotating screen projection of logo at event
  • Logo on digital invitations
  • Product distribution in event gift bag
  • Product display during event
  • Mention in Character Media event feature story
  • Full-page ad in E-Magazine

CORPORATE
$25,000

  • Seating for 10 people in corporate section
  • Acknowledgment during program
  • Rotating screen projection of logo at event
  • Logo on digital invitations
  • Product distribution in event gift bag
  • Mention in Character Media event feature story
  • Full-page ad in E-Magazine

COMMUNITY
$10,000

  • Seating for 10 people in community section
  • Acknowledgment during program
  • Product distribution in event gift bag

Seating Chart

*Remaining seats will be filled with award nominees and celebrity guests.