Fred Yee, a longtime supporter of Chinese Information and Service Center (CISC) and Kin On Nursing Home, will be honored on May 19, along with the Children’s Alliance, by International Community Health Services (ICHS) at its annual fundraising gala, “Bloom.”

Yee and the Children’s Alliance each will receive a 2012 Bamboo Award for Health, which is recognition for outstanding contributions to ICHS patients, Asian Pacific Islanders and the Seattle-area community.

The gala will be at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. “Bloom” celebrates affordable, quality health care for Asian Pacific Islanders (API) and anyone in need. It serves as a moment to reflect on ICHS, which was founded in 1973, and thank its staff and friends.

Cris Krisologo-Elliott, ICHS board president, and Charles Wu, ICHS Foundation board president, lauded Yee, a CISC founder and former Kin On director, for his contributions. “Wherever you have served, we know that you have brought a strong sensitivity to the cultural and linguistic needs of the API population,” they said.

CISC, a social service agency, and Kin On, a nursing and long-term care provider, are in Seattle. Yee was born in Hong Kong. He has worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He remains active in the Seattle Yee Fung Toy Family Association and the Asian Pacific American Resource Network.

Krisologo-Elliott and Wu praised the Children’s Alliance for being a strong and aggressive advocate of children in the state, especially with the “Cover All Kids” law. The law “ensures that all kids regardless of immigrant status have access to care which is critical for ICHS,” they said.

Martha Choe of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Ruth Woo, a Seattle community leader, are honorary co-chairs of this year’s “Bloom.”

Tickets are available by visiting www.ichsfoundation.org. The dinner raises money for ICHS, especially its uncompensated care fund.