HATS OFF TO NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation held its Appreciation Party for Greater Bay Area supporters at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco recently. A select 100 of its 2011 donors were feted with noodles and appetizers, held easily in take out boxes, as Executive Director Eddie Wong thanked everyone for their interest and dedication to AIISF projects and ongoing mission. Asian Art Museum Director Jay Xu welcomed them to the Peterson Room reception and invited them to join special docent led tours of the Bali exhibit that evening.
Asian Art Museum Board Member David Lei was recognized for his leadership in arranging for the reception there, and many enjoyed the lovely adjoining garden area with Asian art decor on this enjoyable, calm summer evening.
Special projects Director Grant Din showed a video of famed artist Tyrus Wong’s recent visit to Angel Island where he and his family were once detained. Event Co-Chair Katherine Toy encouraged all to join together on July 23 when the unveiling of the Centennial Wall would be held near the Angel Island Immigration Station barracks. Special discounted ferry tickets are available all day from the Tiburon pier with discounted tickets for the tram bus being sold on the ferry for all those going to the Immigration Station area for the 11:00 program. For more info: www.aiisf.org.
Among the AIISF supporters, many of whom had purchased plaques to be placed on the Centennial Wall in honor of their forefathers and families, were Wing and Dorothy Lai, Bill and Phyllis Lowe, Alice Wong, Laura Lai, Mollie Leong, Ed and Louise Jang, Sam and Jennie Louie, Tami Takahashi, Martha Suzuki, Franklin and Sandra Yee, Gary and Candy Joe, Daniel Quan, Joanne Woo, and Judge Ming and Carol Chin.
AIISF Board members Buck Gee, Larry Low and myself were on hand to thank the many donors who made the Centennial Wall opening this July 23 possible.
LEGACY OF GIVING
Self Help for the Elderly presented its 2011 Longevity Gala at the Hyatt Burlingame Hotel, welcoming over 500 guests to its annual fundraising dinner. A very well choreographed program kept the evening busy on stage throughout the dinner under the master guidance of MCs David Louie and Janelle Wang. Auctioneers Wang and Assemblyman Jerry Hill had the unenviable task of encouraging the guests to bid generously on seven items in the Open Auction, as put together by Chair Eva Jones and her committee Klara Cheung, Christine Ng, Gerrye Wong and Flora Zee. This they did admirably and after 30 minutes of heated competition, they raised over $50,000 for the Self Help coffers from generous bidders.
Mabel Lai outbid everyone for the dinner party for 100 people at a lovely San Francisco Seacliff home and said she and husband Ken can throw their 50th anniversary party there sometime next year. Chairman Bill Schulte won a week’s stay in a 2 bedroom condo in Hawaii donated by Diane Lee and when Debbie Pao, Pam Fong and Solomon Tsai were bidding furiously for a week’s vacation in the exclusive Snowmass Resort in Colorado, donor Dr. James Ostroff generously gave a week to each of them.
Flora Zee won the home cooked Spanish dinner, Ruth Ma won the private dinner at Los Altos Hills home. A day in Sausalito with lunch and visit to the famous art festival went to high bidder Diana Chan with 9 friends.
SHE Board Chair Sebastian Wong introduced Honorees for the evening. 2011 Friend of the Elderly Award went to the Gee Yung International Martial-Arts Dragon and Lion Dance Association for its mission to enrich the lives of students through Chinese heritage, to promote health and wellness, and to teach the skills of self-defense through Martial Arts. 2011 Friend of the Elderly Award also went to Joseph and Theresa Ma who are generous in sharing their time and talents with the seniors at the centers, as well as their generous giving program as long time supporters of the agency.
Steve Tsai together with wife Tina and family were the third recipients of the 2011 Friend of the Elderly Award for their continuing support of the agency and for their business successes here and in China. As his page in the event’s program said, Steve Tsai is the embodiment of hard work, service to others and a love of life to his children Tenny, Solomon, Elizabeth and Vivien, and eight grandchildren.
At the DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park, the exhibit of designer Balenciaga’s fashions was most intriguing, an example of his design genius for the many society ladies of his era. This exhibit just closed and the works of Picasso are being featured this summer at the museum. Still in museum mode, I ventured next to the Palace of Legion of Honor where I saw a most interesting exhibit called Pulp Fashion. Here the artist has taken paper art and crafted ornate dresses using only paper, whether it be stiff or soft as chiffon. Delicately designed with multitude of pleats and stenciled design, the dresses run from contemporary to those of the Renaissance era. This exhibit is here through some part of July so be sure to catch this very unusual talent and exhibit. There is no finer view of San Francisco’s Bay than from on top of the hill at the front of the Palace of Legion of Honor.
Ray of Light Productions in the Eureka Theatre produced “Assassins” which through music highlighted the tortured souls who devoted their lives to killing noted celebrities or presidents. A large cast of talented performers kept the audience in suspense as they portrayed those assassins such as John Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald (title of show) was the title of the TheatreWorksmusical presented in Mountain View. The story took us for a look backstage and in the minds of two men who decided to write and produce a musical, which led them through many periods of denial and doubt that their dream could ever be realized.
VENTURING TO SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY
The Homestead has been a buzzword for vacationers on the east coast for more years than one could ever remember in a lifetime. The Homestead Resort, still elegant with its subtle brick façade is a wonderful sight as one drives up to its entrance. The large lobby one walks into, belies the resort’s elegance and quiet dignity. Golfing legend Sam Snead was a familiar figure around the place in its heyday as he was born and raised in the area, and we had to go to his memorabilia packed historic building, with its Sam Snead Tavern sign in front. His multiple balls of his thirty odd hole in ones were on display, and among those enjoying being in Snead’s own restaurant were Clifford and Susan Chang. We weren’t as successful in racking up any hole-in ones on the course but it was a great experience among the trees and green manicured fairways. Only three hours from Washington DC, Homestead resort is a short hop and jump for some peace and quiet for many a Washington politician, we’d bet. It’s a hidden heaven rich with southern traditions.