It’s Celebration Time

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We were off to Laguna Beach to celebrate the wedding of Karin Wong Jue and John Kotcher at the beautiful coastal setting in the Cultural Center of Crystal Cove State Park.  The outdoor wedding on the patio was made festive with five year old Aamir Nordakh shooting off his bubble gun as he began the bridal processional with his mother Lian Jue, matron of honor. Karin, the happily tearful bride was escorted by her parents DrRonald and Naomi Jue, down the aisle before 100 guests who had come from all over the world for this joyous occasion. Friends came from as far as Manchester, England , New York, Washington D.C., Ohio, Illinois and Texas to celebrate with Karin, an international traveler herself.  From Oregon came Karin’s cousins, Kim and Chris Shaffer with daughters Savannah, Marie and Cassie. From many U.S. cities came Johnny’s family, namely parents Pete and Kit Kotcher, and other family members Owen Kotcher, Bette Kotcher, Charlotte Hayes, Giles Kotcher and Marlene Kocan. The happy newlyweds, following a California coastal honeymoon, will return to their home in Washington D.C.where Karin is Associate Director of PBS KIDS Digital while John is attending George Mason University for his PhD in Climate Change Communication.  I thought very symbolic of the happiness shown on everyone’s faces following the ceremony, was the  graceful flight of pelicans in formation flying overhead  at the precise moment the minister proclaimed the couple Mr. And Mrs. John Kotcher.

Surrounding the newlyweds were l to r  Naomi, Lian, Ami Nordahk, Karin and Johnny Kotcher, Lian Jue, father of the bride Dr. Ronald Jue.

Surrounding the newlyweds were l to r Naomi, Lian, Ami Nordahk, Karin and Johnny Kotcher, Lian Jue, father of the bride Dr. Ronald Jue.

 

Karin and Johnny Kotcher at Laguna Beach wedding

Karin and Johnny Kotcher at Laguna Beach wedding

Fond Farewells

Although Drs. Victor and Fran Gin are only moving to a lakeside home in Copperopolis, CA from their longtime residence in Fremont, CA, their friends gave them a gala sendoff dinner at the lovely home of Aaron and Maelene Wong.  Active in the South Bay Chinese Club as its scholarship program leaders as well as well respected for their optometry practice in Fremont, the couple say they will fulfill their dreams of daily fishing and golf games in their new home.  Among their many friends heralding their retirement plans were the Ron Wongs, Steve Chos, Joe Wongs, Gene Lims and Frank Louie.

Victor and Fran Gin Farewell Prty

Victor and Fran Gin were sent off in fine fashion at farewell party with friends.

Exciting Upcoming Events

Theatre Ventures International and San Jose-Dublin Sister City Program kicked off the news of the U.S. premiere of Dennis Nahat’s productions which will spotlight a dance troupe from Dalian, China recently.  Held at the lovely Saratoga home of Suzanna and Ronald Hills, the event excited the group to mark their calendars for the upcoming performances of YULAN (October 3-13, 2013) and THE TERRACOTTA PRINCE (December 18-29m 2013) to be held at the California Theater in San Jose. Artistic creator Dennis Nahat, longtime promoter of the arts and former Ballet San Jose Artistic Director, was beaming with his news of this spectacular production which he has been working on with the Dalian Acrobatic Troupe in China.  Judging from the video clips he showed that day, the attendees  could see it will be a combination of superior dancing and acrobatics like no other show to come into town. Lauding this upcoming event were San Jose Sister City Program Co Chair Sam Liccardo and Nancy Pyle, fellow publicists Lina Broydo and San Jose Mercury’s Sal Pizarro, and Dennis’ many fans Ann Woo, Lillian Gong-Guy, Don and Rose Tang, Dennis Wan, and Sylvia and Ronald Young who flew in that day for this prestigious announcement.  As Dennis told the audience, YULAN is a theatrical spectacle amalgamating multi-media stagecraft with high wire performances, trampoline artists, and dancers of distinction, classical ballet and pointe dancing balancing on the shoulders of partners. Fifty five performing artists will make YULAN a collective of creative talent hailing from Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian and Shenyang in China, Tokyo, Los Angeles and San Jose. Be sure to save the date for this exciting production coming to San Jose this winter.

YULAN producer Dennis Nahat welcomes Lina Broydo and Sal Pizarro to his kickoff reception.

YULAN producer Dennis Nahat welcomes Lina Broydo and Sal Pizarro to his kickoff reception.

Worthwhile Organizations Throw Fundraising Dinners

Celebrating Children is the title for Gun Moon Women’s Resident/Asian Woman’s Resource Center’s annual Benefit Dinner 2013. To be held August 16 at San Francisco Chinatown’s Far East Café, the event will spotlight honorary awards  to Karen Fukumura, Mabel Lai, Julie Soo and Mina Lee. General Chairmen Stephen Louie and Peter Goetz welcome all, as do Dinner Co-chairpersons Derek Fong and Diana Wong.  Info: gummoon@gummoon.org

Supporters of theatre Ventures International gather at Mission Hills home of Savannah and Ron Hills in Saratoga, CA.

Supporters of theatre Ventures International gather at Mission Hills home of Savannah and Ron Hills in Saratoga, CA.

It’s Time to Celebrate” is the theme for the 40th anniversary dinner gala hosted byAsian Americans for Community Involvement on September 7 at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel . Honorees for the anniversary celebration include the following:  Health Care Trailblazer – Dr. Shyamali Singhal. Business Trailblazer – C.C. Yin, and Gordon Chan Leadership Award – Dr. Amor Santiago. This is Santa Clara County’s largest social service agency serving Asian Americans and deserves your support after 40 years of community service to the immigrant and needy, young and old.  Info: www.aaci.org   $175 per person

Voice & Vision Gala 2013  will be the scene of Chinese Historical Society of America’s annual dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. Special recognition will be given that evening to Hon. Harry Low, Helen Zia and Jon Jang at this 50th Anniversary party with the motto “Honoring the spirit, fortitude & enduring Legacy of Chinese Americans.”  Further Info: gala@chsa.org

”Immigrant Dreams/Hero Voices” is the calling card on the invitation encouraging everyone to join the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation at its September 27th  dinner benefit at the Westin St. Francis Hotel Grand Ballroom.   Immigrant Heritage Awards that evening will go as follows:  Next Generation Award – Catherine Eusebo; Educator Award – The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life; Philanthropist – Lit Ng; and Community Leader Kumar Malavalli.  For more information – Grant Din at gdin@aiisf.org. $250 per person.

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