HARMONY & BLISS 2019 "REMEMBRANCE"
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5th, 2019
CHINESE CULTURE CENTER
750 KEARNY STREET 3RD FLOOR
Harmony & Bliss 2019 gala recognizes and honors the important role of art and education in inspiring community to embrace and empower - for social change and to strengthen bonds. We invite you to join us in celebration of elevating underserved communities and being a voice for equality through education and contemporary art.
We cordially request your presence at “Remembrance” gala as a Table Sponsor to celebrate a special evening with fine dining and entertainment. It is a great opportunity to network with artists, community builders, business leaders, and elected officials.
CCC is a leader - one of the most prominent and impactful institutions in contemporary art. Over 310,000 members of the community actively engage with CCC annually, of which 5,000 are youth.
CCC, under the aegis of the Chinese Culture Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
For questions about the gala, sponsorship opportunities, or in-kind donations please contact Ben Mok
President Norman Yee
Lifetime Achievement Award in Bridge Building
After growing Wu Yee Children's Services to one of the preeminent early education and family serving organizations in San Francisco, President Yee has taken this and other experiences gained working in the Chinatown community into his role first as Board of Education member and now as President of the Board of Supervisors. His leadership has created deep impact for children, seniors, and the community in the City with his monumental policies on early education, bilingual instruction, housing for the elderly, and pedestrian safety to name a few.
President Yee is proud to be the first native San Francisco Chinese American, and also the first born at Chinese Hospital, to be elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Commissioner Irene Yee Riley
Lifetime Achievement Award in Community Service
Commissioner Irene Yee Riley is an inspiring trailblazer who has exemplified community service and leadership. Retired from Bank of America as Senior Vice President and Senior Market President, Commissioner Yee Riley managed the Bank's community development programs in multiple states.
She currently serves as a member of the San Francisco Small Business Commission, championing small business-friendly policies. Commissioner Yee Riley's commitment to the community includes being involved in SF-Taipei Sister City Committee, Chinese Culture Center, Angel Island Immigration Foundation, among others. Her dedication and enormous contributions to immigrant communities, cross-cultural understanding, and community-based organizations over the last 40 years are immeasurable.
Visionary Artist Award
Wesley Tongson was a Hong Kong-born artist who is now being increasingly recognized for his landmark work. He broke the traditions and boundaries of ink painting, and explored new experimental forms of expression.
Tongson taught himself splash ink painting, a technique which originated in 8th century China and was exemplified by the work of Zhang Daqian in the 20th century - and for which he himself would become best known.
In his later "finger painting" works, Tongson found his authentic voice. By abandoning the brush altogether and painting with his fingers and nails, Tongson created powerful large scale and emotionally communicative pieces.
Chinese Historical Society of America
The Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) was founded in 1963 in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement when there were fewer than 250,000 people of Chinese descent living in the US.
Guided by historians Him Mark Lai and Philip P. Choy, and a network of activists, academics, and community leaders, CHSA made significant contributions to the then-nascent fields of Ethnic Studies and Asian American history.
CHSA's work continues today at its museum, where they present exhibitions and programs that interpret the Chinese American experience as a key part of American history.
Chinese for Affirmative Action
Chinese for Affirmative Action was founded in 1969 to protect the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans and to advance multiracial democracy in the United States. A few examples of CAA's historic accomplishments include preparing the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Lau v. Nichols, protesting the brutal hate crime murder of Vincent Chin.
After 50 years, CAA continues to be a progressive leader in and for the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander community.