When the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project non profit organization celebrated its 25th anniversary, it did it in grand style at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara with 300 of its longtime supporters. As co-founder Lillian Gong-Guy shared, in 1987 it was a dream that twenty founding board members had to build a museum of Chinese American history for all of Santa Clara County citizens to learn more about the history of those Chinese pioneers who lived in San Jose since the 1880s. 2013 incoming presidents Brenda Wong and Trisha Lee together with founding director Jeff Lee shared that with the money raised at the anniversary dinner, innovative technology will be installed in the museum so that not only can the exhibits be seen, but also possibly heard with the press of a button or a smartphone app or on an expanded website. Leading the group in a shout of happy anniversary with the appearance of a celebration cake were past president Anita Kwock, co founders Lillian Gong-Guy and Gerrye Wong, and Emcee Robert Handa, Channel 2 newscaster.
Honored that evening for their community service with the Business Leadership Award was Synopsis with CEO and president Chi-Foon Chan. Applauded for their work with handicapped children were Dr. Albert and Anna Wang, together with members of the 10 families who together with the Wangs, founded the organization Friends of Children With Special Needs. Honored with the Organization Leadership Award, the FCSN has 44 centers in Fremont and Santa Clara County servicing over 600 children suffering from Downs Syndrome, Autism and Cerebral Palsy. Also Honored for Family Leadership was the Y.K. Fong Family, led by matriarch Mai Han Fong. The Fong family are longtime pioneering flower growers in the valley, and still operate the Flower Cottage of Sunnyvale. The second generation of this long-time Sunnyvale family include Assemblyman Paul Fong, banker Janie Fong, schoolteacher Liz Fong and school board member Alan Fong.
Honored for their leadership for having served as presidents of the CHCP group for the past decade were Nicole Lea Herris, Dr. Rodney Lum, Pearl Lee and Anita Kwock. CHCP has remained a leading force in bringing Chinese American history to thousands of school children through its Ng Shing Gung museum open doors for the past decade through school field trips and weekend tour times. Supporting its future goals of bringing technology to the museum exhibit cases were Platinum Sponsors Gordon and Anita Chan Foundation, Dr. Jeffrey and Susan Lee, and Synopsys, Inc. Gold and Silver Sponsors included Laura Lai, Dean and Wilma Chu, Dr. Jerry Hiura and Lucia Cha, Mai Han Family, Victor and Diane Jin, George Ow Jr., Dennis Fong and Polly Kam, and Norman and Antonia Tu, and Calvin and Gerrye Wong.
Chairpersons for this celebration gala were Sylvia Eng, Carol Fong, Patrick Kwok, Brenda Wong and Gerrye Wong who had planned a fun evening of bidding for Silent Auction, buying tickets from Chi Am Circle member hostesses for a $1000 first raffle prize, seeing the CHCP new Traveling Exhibit, “Pioneering the Valley”, and watching the Bian Lan Face Changing act of Dan, the Magic Man. They say pictures are worth more than a thousand words, so let’s see some of the movers and shakers who have kept CHCP alive and serving the community throughout its 26 years of accomplishment.
Seen enjoying the evening’s festive atmosphere were James and Evelyn Gate with son Michael, the Pearl Lee family, including her sisters Helen Kwan and Billie Lee and her children Lance, Marvin and Denise Lee, and granddaughter Destiny Lee. Others supporting the CHCP cause were George and May Koo, Yosh Uchida, Chinese American Women’s Club, Dr. Edward and Loretta Chow, founding treasurer Stanley and Millie Yim, and active Raffle Hostesses Muriel Kao, Pauline Fong, Zeny Seid, Jenny Leung, Mabel Lai, Elaine Shen, and Evelyn Gate.