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18th Annual Gala & Awards Ceremony
Date & Time 日期及时间
Saturday, April 29, 2023, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
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. 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 authentic Chinese cuisine, 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 appreciate your support of our non-profit operations and look forward to seeing you there in person!
Early Bird Reservation (before April 1, 2023)
Individual Ticket: $110 for Members, $125 for Non-Members
Sponsor a Table for Ten: $1,000
On & After April 1, 2023
Individual Ticket: $125 for Members, $150 for Non-Members
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
Partner in Preotle, Lane & Associates Ltd.
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.
Please check back soon for more information regarding this year's honorees!
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