Funds Go to 37 Local Schools and Asian American Community Groups

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The Asian Heritage Street Celebration honored 23 Asian American non-profit and community organizations for their work in the Asian Pacific American community, and 14 local schools on Monday, Nov. 14 at the Chinatown YMCA located at 855 Sacramento Street in San Francisco. The AHSC Awards Reception was presented by Subaru of America, proud partner and official vehicle of San Francisco Hep B Free.


Make Some Money For Your School Raffle participants from the San Francisco Unified School District go on stage to receive their certificates of honor. Photos by Natalie Schrik.

The Asian Heritage Street Celebration is in its seventh year and is the largest gathering of Asian Pacific Americans in the country. It annually returns proceeds to various diverse and underserved Asian communities. Since its inception, the AHSC has donated more than $150,000 to over 70 Bay Area community groups and charities, which are selected as beneficiaries for their role in assembling diverse elements within the Asian Pacific American community, and also neighborhood schools that participate in the Make Some Money for Your School Raffle Fundraiser.

The Celebration is committed to helping San Francisco public schools fundraise, and its raffle and prize-drawing program is a cross-generational community philanthropy project. The AHSC takes all responsibility for gathering over three dozen prizes and grand prizes, and administrative processes. 100% of funds raised go back to participating schools, with the AsianWeek Foundation covering all costs.

“As someone who works in the school district I know first hand that any means to help raise money for our schools is greatly appreciated!” says Rebecca Ja, San Francisco Unified School District site administrator and co-emcee for the event.

Schools have used the funds for school field trips, school supplies, their Chinese language immersion programs, Japanese clubs, dragon boat teams, and more.

The 8th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Civic Center/Little Saigon.

Over 100 people attended the awards reception.

2011 AHSC Beneficiaries

American Legion Cathay Post #384, Asian American Women Artists Association, Asian Americans for Community Outreach, Asian Law Caucus, Association of Asian American Administrators, Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center, Center for Asian American Media, Filipino American Arts Exposition, IL Hyun Kims Dance Company, International Lao New Year Festival, Kearny Street Workshop, Kimochi, Inc, Kollaboration SF, Northern Japan Earthquake and Relief Fund, Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition, Police Activities League, Public Allies, RAMA, San Bruno Thai Temple, South East Asian Cultural Heritage & Musical Performing Arts, SF Asian Peace Officers Association, SF Chinese Club, and South East Asian Community Center.


The 2011 AHSC Community Beneficiaries.

2011 Make Some Money for Your School Raffle Participants

Elementary Schools
Alice Fong Yu Alternative School, E. R. Taylor Elementary School, Gordon J. Lau Elementary School, Jose Ortega Elementary School, and Sunset Elementary School

Middle Schools
James Denman Middle School and Visitacion Valley Middle School

High Schools
Galileo Academy of Science and Technology High School, George Washington High School – Eagles Service, George Washington High School – Class of 2014, George Washington High School – Japanese National Honor Society, Mission High School

Private Schools
Saint Brigid School, Saint Mary’s Chinese Day School, Saint Thomas The Apostle School, and St. Thomas More School

Private school raffle participants.

Raffle program sponsored by:
Sterling Bank & Trust, Virgin America, and Louie & Wong, LLP.

To sign up your school for the 2012 Make Some Money For Your School Raffle program, contact

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