News By: Gerrye Wong
News Date: August 5, 2017
ALL FOR GOOD CAUSES
BY Gerrye Wong August 4, 2017
PROJECTS FOR EDUCATION
The CHINESE HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL PROJECT of Santa Clara Valley is gearing its volunteer forces to present a gala dinner celebrating its 30th anniversary since it was founded by Lillian Gong-Guy and myself, Gerrye Wong. To briefly recap the CHCP’s history, after gathering a founding board in 1987, the group continued its newly found mission to build a museum of Chinese American history and gift and place it in the city-owned History San Jose park (HSJ) in east San Jose.
The 1997 Summer Festival by CHCP drew over 5000 visitors to the museum grounds with a festival dragon led parade.
Situated next to the Happy Hollow Childrens park and zoo as well as the Japanese serene garden, History San Jose is created to represent San Jose of the turn of the century.
The 30th Anniversary celebration will be held September 23 at the Fairmont San Jose Regency Ballroom which was the site of the first Chinatown of the late 1800s which was razed by mysterious unfriendly forces. The dinner evening program will be honoring Visionary Community Leaders Dr. Albert & Anna Wang, Michele Lew, Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation and Legacy Family of Dr. Peter Yee.
International Chinese robes will be shown during the gala program as shown here by Chairs Muriel Kao and Gerrye Wong
Also featured will be a colorful Pageant and International Showcase of Antique Imperial Chinese robes from the collection of Foster City’s Carol Jue. Helping Jue produce the show is Chairman Muriel Kao with models Emperor Michael Chan and Empress Margaret Lee. They will be royally accompanied in the pageant by Kelly Shen, Chloe Wong, Mason and Rocky Eng, Macy Mak Chan, Dora Wong, Kim DeLevett and son James and many others.
Co Chairs Lillian Gong Guy and Gerrye Wong on museum groundbreaking day in 1989 with former San Jose Mayors Tom McEnery and Susan Hammer
Led by Co-Chairs Al Low, Anita Kwock, Debbie Gong-Guy and myself, the occasion will show video clips of CHCP activities through its 30 year existence since their dream became a reality with the museum and its thousands of visitors viewing it annually.
The immigrant experience tour at History San Jose offered to San Jose school children is being overwhelmingly applied for through the CHCP funding grant program.
Among the 30th anniversary sponsors heralding this momentous 30th anniversary are the PEARL LEGACY SPONSORS California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus Foundation and the Gordon and Anita Chan Foundation. Philanthropic Gold Legacy Sponsors include Asian Pacific Americans for Political Action, Ed and Margaret Lee, Betty Lai Wong family, Willy & Brenda Hee Wong Family, United Airlines, The James and Evelyn Gate Family, Debbie Gong-Guy, the Calvin and Gerrye Wong Family, and the Dr. Peter Yee Family. Anticipated excitement in the fundraising realm of the evening will be the auctioning off of a New York City package which includes Southwest Airlines domestic air and prized two tickets to the Broadway production of Hamilton.
The goal of the fundraising is to amass funds so the CHCP can invite and host all the 4th and 6th grade classes in Silicon Valley to a field trip entitled “The Immigrant Experience” which will introduce young children to contributions made by immigrants to California through the past century. Dwindling school budgets have limited field trip outings for many school districts serving low income neighborhoods, so the CHCP hopes to enrich these children’s lives by funding them to bus down to the museum grounds for a unique educational experience to visit the Chinese American Historical Museum (CAHM). CHCP and its partner History San Jose has already had overwhelming response for the needed grants and both hope to educate over 1000 children in this first year offering with funds earned from this dinner benefit. If you believe in helping, I’d love to hear from you at chcp.org.
Since the museum opened in History San Jose park in 1991, it has been a hidden gem promoting Chinese American history through the past 100 years. Everyone’s support is needed for this all-volunteer led 501(c)3 non-profit organization to continue its fine work for children. Check firstname.lastname@example.org for dinner reservation information as well as ways YOU can help these dedicated CHCP volunteers continue their work with educating people, young and old, in the rich Chinese culture and history of California.
Chinese Historical and Cultural Project members installed at annual meeting
Applause needs to come to the following who are early sponsors for this 30th anniversary celebration as decreed in the bright red invitation designed by Christina Sue and printed by American Printing Company. Among the Gold Legacy Sponsors are Asian Americans for Community Involvement, John Kessler and Michele Lew Chinese American Women’s Club of Santa Clara Valley, Coca Cola Company, Friends of Children with Special Needs, Buck and Mary Hackenbracht Gee, History San Jose, Sylvia Eng and Family, Ken and Mabel Lai, Dr. David and Elaine Shen, Norman and Antonia Tu, Allan Low Family, Maureen Fong, Dr. Jeffery & Susan Lew Lee, Dr. Albert and Anna Wang, Yucaipa and Anita Kwock and AARP.
Dr. Albert and Anna Wang will be honored with CHCP Visionary Leadership Award
Michele Lew will be honored among others with CHCP Community Leadership Award
Family Legacy Award Honorees at CHCP gala dinner will be Dr. Peter Yee family.
From this co-founding chairperson who saw this community “dream” become a true reality because of community support, I want to express a heart-felt thank you and hope to see everyone come out to celebrate this fine organization’s success. Bouquets to 2017 leaders President Brenda Wong, VP Judy Wong, Secretary Chris Jochim and Treasurer Al Low.
CAHM visitors see impressive 1888 historic altar.
Future support and sponsorship donations are always welcome to CHCP. PO Box 5366, San Jose 95150. Hope to see you and receive your support at the CHCP party titled appropriately “OUR LEGACY LIVES ON…EDUCATING THE VOICES OF TOMORROW”.
SILICON VALLEY CYBER LIONS CLUB
Global Lions Clubs International members were hosted to a Welcome Dinner Dance by the local GLOBAL SILICON VALLEY CYBER LIONS CLUB (SVCL) recently in San Francisco’s Chinatown at the New Asia Restaurant. At the event SVCL new members were brought into the fold by IDPG Macy Mak while Charter President of the SVCL club Michael Chan welcomed 70 Lions and friends from District 300 C3 of Taiwan and Lions from District 381 of China. Among the Cyber Lions Club officers were President Mary Koo, Vice presidents and Treasurers Calvin Yee and Becky Rondeau, and Social media Director Elizabeth Chu.
Many of the visitors had come to San Francisco following their attendance at the 100th Year Centennial Convention in Chicago. Among the visitors who had also newly recruited to join the Silicon Valley Cyber Lions Club, since this membership has no borders, were the following: From Guangdong, China were Yueqi Lions Club officers President Jennifer Ho, and officers May Guan and Su Yun. From Hong Kong was Lion Katrina Wong. Receiving the most applause and welcome was respected PDG George Habeeb who will be celebrating his 100th birthday shortly. Other District 4C4 introduced were District Governor Mario Benevente, Cindy Smith, Helen Casalang, Venetia Young, Dr. June Valera, John Hui, Sandee Ige and Margaret Lee.
As past Charter Member President of the Silicon Valley Cyber Lions Club Michael Chan explained, this chapter has members from all over the world as it is not restricted by any geographical borders. Some of the club’s milestone activities has been sponsoring a new medical start up clinic in Nepal, solar street lamps in Kenya, tree planting in Beijing, and starting an eye screening program for Bay Area children. In addition, according to Chan, they are working with Lions in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong to design and build all inclusive playgrounds for active and disabled children.
At a follow-up meeting of the Silicon Valley Cyber Lions Club led by President Mary Koo, she introduced her new local members Fredrick Tsang and Charlene Lee and discussed future projects for this group, including a Pillow Cases for Children in hospital stays. For more information on membership and this organization, contact them via email@example.com.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
JADE WEEK SAN FRANCISCO Aug, 10-17
Whenever Monique Zhang puts on an event or is involved, I know it is going to be elegant, beautiful and fascinating to watch. When she had a shop on Geary Street in downtown San Francisco, her fashion designs in the windows always had tourists and locals alike stop awestruck by her creative designs. So it is notable news to hear she is involved in JADE WEEK SAN FRANCSCO and will open the activities with a FASHION IN FANTASY. This fashion theater will be presented by Monique, our Bay Area acclaimed fashion extraordinaire designer with her exotic models in brilliant Asian inspired fashion. The gala will be held in the Green Room of the WAR MEMORIAL BUILDING on Thursday, August 10 6:30-9:30.
Non-stop multiple fashion shows and dance performances will take place throughout the evening with San Francisco known figures and award winning international stars from jewelry, jade, and culinary art sectors. Guests are encouraged to be attired in green, while being served artisan wine by Wente Vineyards and Asian fusian finger food prepared by Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard. Sounds like the must-see place to be August 10 so hope to see you there to see Monique Zhang’s latest fashions. . Ticket Info: http://www.jadeweeksf.com.
The whole week of August 10-14 will have activities for all interests.
Thursday August 10 will have afternoon lectures and chance to see jade carving . The gala dinner will bring out all the A-listers for a night filled with Jade inspired fashions.
Saturday the 12th will have an evening show where Jade Kundun beauties will model on stage, and a program featuring the story of jade will ensue.
August 13-14 will have a chance to travel enmasse to Livermore’s Uncle Yu at the Vineyard for a 12 course food pairing and wine tasting by senior chef Ricky Yin from Nanking, China and Bay Area Wine Expert Nick Liang.
Thursday August 17 is called Jade Spa Around the Bay where people can view a jade hot stone experience and attend workshops on Gua Sha facial technique using a jade plate followed perhaps by a visit to a recommenderd spa using the ancient Asian methods.
The Jade Week finale will be at the State Capital, Sacramento at The Center of Twenty-Three Hundred. Celebrating guests will meet at a VIP reception which will eventually lead to the presentation of the top Chinese couture designers fashion show. As Monique excitedly explains, “I hope that Jade Fashion Week will bring a wider audience to enjoy Asian arts and designs when we pair acclaimed couture designers with top jewelers to foster appreciation about the wonders of California gold. It will be an exciting week for the citizens of San Francisco.”Check the site’s calendar for every day of activities.
KRISTI YAMAGUCHI BRINGS GOLDEN MOMENT TO SAN JOSE
GOLDEN MOMENT will be an upcoming spectacular skating show to be presented September 3 at the San Jose SAP Center, and highlighted by the presence of figure skating legends Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian Boitano. This exciting show is a fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for early childhood literacy in Bay Area Public Schools. Besides the two stars, other skating stars to be seen are 2016 National Champion Karen Chen, US Silver Medalist Polina Edmnds, World Medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, and Elaterina Gordeeva and Yuka Sato. . Skating also will be rising stars Vincent Zhou and Mirai Nagasu with Bay Area skating icon Brian Boitano serving as co-host for the show.
Kristi Yamaguchi’s ALWAYS DREAM FOUNDATION’S mission is to inspire children to reach for their dreams by providing innovative reading programs to underserved schools and by advancing the cause of early childhood literacy.
Echoed by many who know her, second only to being mom, the single most passion in Kristi’s life is giving back. Kristi is one of the most recognizable and respected women in the world. She is a wife, mother, role model, Gold medalist, Dancing with the Stars dance champion, sports commentator, children’s author, Founder of Always Dream Foundation and now champion for children’s literacy programs. Come to the show to support Kristi’s children’s causes and see a special performance with Kristi and daughter Emma on the ice at San Jose’s SAP Center. Info: www.alwaysdream.org.
FORE CHARITY GOLF EVENT
I love the title of this annual charity golf tournament that has been hosted by the Thomas & Eva Fong Family Foundation since 1980 as a means to share their good fortune with the community. As chair and grandson Rodney Fong says, “The mission of the Foundation has always been to support San Francisco Bay Area charitable organizations that have successfully served children, seniors, education, the arts and the environment.” To be held on Monday, September 18 at the beautiful Lake Merced Golf club, the tournament will raise funds for the CHINESE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, one of the oldest organizations dedicated to the interpretation, promotion and preservation of the political, cultural and social history and contributions of the Chinese in America. For registration information for another wonderful cause: www.FongForCharity.com or 415 345 0619.
GOURMET TRIP TO CHENGDU WITH MARTIN YAN
What an exciting chance to experience world famous Chengdu cuisine with special guide, international culinary icon Chef Martin Yan. You can get the best of Sichuan hot dishes in the company of this San Francisco expert who tells me he will bring his tour behind the scenes to visit spice markets and meet some of the most innovative chefs of the area. This 12 day tour is called Martin Yan’s Spice Kingdom Tour of September 16-27, 2017.
Trip patrons will get to visit the Chengdu world famous Panda Preserve where I once got to hold a baby panda with a donation to this wildlife preserve which is saving the panda population. A brand new itinerary and offering by Martin, this tour is created especially for gourmet food enthusiast and adventurous traveler. Price: US $4188 ; info: firstname.lastname@example.org; Visit the website www.yancancook.com
ANGEL ISLAND IMMIGRATION STATION FOUNDATION THANKS DONORS
On a clear sunny California afternoon in the lovely hillside surroundings of Gary and Nobuko Saito Cleary’s Los Altos Hills home, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation donors of its annual gala April Benefit dinner were hosted to an appreciation reception.
AIISf Board member Katherine Toy greeted the guests telling them of the historic 100 year old hospital’s planned opening in 2018 which will house new exhibits.
Sharing thoughts about the importance of sharing immigrant contributions to California’s history through the immigration station barracks were the Aaron Wongs, Allen Tokamotos, Victor Gins and Patrick Yams. Chairman Buck and Mary Gee told of his own family ancestors coming through the Island in their search for freedom in America to Sharon Seto, the Gene Lims , Andy and Darlene Chiu Bryant and AIISF Board members Rosemary Nahm, Larry Low and the Larry Changs.
Aaron Wongs and Allen Tokamotos enjoy appreciation reception hosted by Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation in Los Altos Hills
Gerrye Wong told others about the Bench program whereby donors can dedicate benches on the Immigration Station property to their loved ones, family or to future generations. A nice afternoon to meet and share interest in one of California’s historic landmarks which is so important to Chinese American history as well as that of other ethnic minorities who came through the Island to America.
POUR FOR A CURE
On September 9 a benefit to help fight Lupus will be staged at a private residence in Santa Rosa . Cleverly titled POUR FOR A CURE, TASTE WINE, FIGHT LUPUS the afternoon is being sponsored by the Seto Family with Honorary chair Helen Edelman. As Sharon Seto explained, “Ninety percent of patients are women and it affects Hispanic, African American, Native American and Asian ethnicities so this fundraising event will benefit the Lupus Foundation of Northern California (LFNC).
Sharon Seto chairs Lupus Benefit and welcomes Gerrye Wong and others to attend.
A fact that I and the general public may be unaware of is that more people suffer from lupus than AIDS, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and sickle-cell anemia. Shuttle service available from San Francisco to the VIP lunch 12:30pm with a Tasting Reception following. More information; www.lfnc.org/pour-for-a-cure.