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18th Annual Gala & Awards Ceremony
Date & Time 日期及时间
Saturday, April 29, 2023, 5:30 - 9:00 PM 2023年4月29日（周六）晚5点30至9点
Ming's Seafood Restaurant 金源大酒楼 (19 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148)
Dress Code 着装
Cocktail Attire 鸡尾酒会礼服
We are proud to announce that our 18th Annual Gala & Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at Ming's Seafood Restaurant. This year, we will honor four distinguished individuals who have contributed tirelessly to the betterment of our society and embody our commitment to community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and cross-cultural understanding. Please join us for an evening of friends and fun, featuring a 10-course Chinese banquet, live and silent auctions, and entertainment infused with Chinese cultural elements!
This event raises critical funds for our efforts to strengthen and expand our services to the Asian community in Malden and beyond and to promote intercultural dialogue through educational, cultural, and artistic programming. If you are unable to attend this event, please consider making a donation to support our efforts.
We look forward to seeing you there in person!
Individual Ticket: $125 for Members, $150 for Non-Members
Tickets for Nonprofit Organizations: $125/Person
Sponsor a Table for Ten: $1,000
Please consider sponsoring the event and/or donating to our live and silent auctions.
For questions regarding membership, sponsorship opportunities, and auction donations, please contact 781-321-6316 or gala@ChinesecultureConnection.org.
CCC 2023 HONOREES
Diversity and Inclusion Award: Gary Yu (俞国梁)
Gary Yu is a senior media personality. In 2016, he founded Boston International Media Consulting Inc. Four years later, he established Boston Asian Radio and Television, a station dedicated to the lives and interests of Asians. He also served as a producer and host of ATV Asia, BNN TV, and Quincy Access Television (QATV), and a reporter for Sing Tao Daily, World Journal, and other publications. In addition, he contributed substantially to the election campaigns of Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey.
Currently, Gary is the President of the Boston Chapter of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, Co-President of the Massachusetts Chapter of United Chinese Americans, and President of New England Chinese American Alliance. He is also a member of the Transition Team of State Auditor Diana Dizoglio and Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden. During February 2023, he successfully advocated for unanimous approval of a resolution designating Lunar New Year as an official holiday in Boston.
Excellence in Community Service Award: John Preotle
John Preotle is a partner in Preotle, Lane & Associates (PLA), a real estate owner, manager, and developer. PLA owns 350 Main Street in Malden. It is also the owner and master developer of River's Edge in Medford.
PLA has been an active supporter of the arts in Malden and Medford. It maintains and enhances parks, including FitzGerald Park and Bell Rock Park. It also created and maintains the Park at River's Edge. Often, PLA hosts events for art groups and not-for-profit organizations in its buildings or at The Park at River's Edge. The firm encourages its associates to take part in community activities.
These events and PLA’s other support for various organizations benefit the communities which in turn benefits PLA’s properties and PLA.
Outstanding Arts and Culture Award: Vincent Yee
Vincent Yee was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout most of his career, he held various managerial roles with several Fortune 100 companies. Previously, he also served as the National President of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP). His vision for writing for better Asian representation has led him to become an award-winning author of young adult fantasy where Asian American readers can see themselves as heroes.
Books: Clara Wu and the Portal Book (placed second in the overall YA-Fantasy category at The BookFest in 2022) is the first book in the exciting 5-book "Clara Wu and the World of Azen" series; The Purple Heart (a story about love and courage set during the Japanese American experience in WWII), The Tamago Stories (a collection of 8 riveting contemporary Asian American short stories).
Edward F. O'Connell Inspirational Service Award: Eugene Welch
Eugune Welch, former Executive Director, currently Special Advisor to the Executive Director (ED)/CEO of South Cove Community Health Center. He arrived at South Cove Community Health Center in 1998 with a background in finance manufacturing/administration, and had no background in the medical/healthcare field. Before coming to the organization, he operated a manufacturing company for 15 years. He first arrived at South Cove as a consultant to do a special project for 6 months working directly for the Board of Directors. Several months later, he was offered the position of COO, working on reorganizing the health center’s facilities and systems.
Eugene assumed the role of ED/CEO shortly thereafter, and has served in that position for the past 22 years. His mission is to mentor young people in the organization to assume the responsibility of someday managing South Cove, which now serves over 36,000 patients with 190,000 visits annually and remains true to its mission of serving the under-served Asian community in Massachusetts in 5 locations. Eugene retired as the ED/CEO on December 31, 2022, and Eric Tiberi was named the new ED/CEO of South Cove Community Health Center on January 1, 2023.
The Chinese Traditional Music Club at Berklee College of Music is dedicated to introducing and showcasing Chinese traditional music and instruments to the Berklee community, and building a community where people with a shared passion in Chinese traditional music and instruments can communicate, collaborate, and create through various forms.
Wuyi Zhang was born and raised in Hangzhou, China, and has studied traditional Chinese instruments including the guzheng (古筝) and the ruan (阮) since an early age. She graduated from Zhejiang Conservatory of Music High School and studied with Jia Zhenzhen, a well-known Chinese ruan player. Currently, she is a student at Berklee College of Music.
Eason Liu (right) is a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in percussion performances. He has received various awards within China and internationally. After studying classical music for ten years, he currently studies contemporary music at Berklee College of Music.
The QingJinHuaChang Chinese Traditional Clothing Club (CTCC) was founded by Boston University students. Using HanFu, the traditional Chinese clothing of the Han nationality, as a medium, we seek to promote traditional Chinese culture and make more people aware of and appreciate HanFu’s beauty. In Chinese, “QingJin” means students, while “HuaChang” means gorgeous clothing. Throughout the year, we host events such as Hanfu trips, fashion shows, lectures, and workshops on make-up and hairstyles. We are currently expanding and welcome anyone in Greater Boston to join.
Mingshan Guo (郭明姗) is a graduate student pursuing a degree in public health at Boston University. As a human resource manager at CTCC, she writes articles, performs, and plans events. She has been passionate about dance since the age of four, when she began studying classical Chinese dance. Having been fascinatedby traditional Chinese culture since a child, she developed a keen interest in Hanfu as she grew up. Mingshan will perform a classical Chinese dance piece wearing Hanfu at the CCC's annual gala.
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