Harmony & Bliss 2018 "Embrace & Empower"
Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny Street 3rd Floor
Harmony & Bliss 2018 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 “Embrace & Empower” 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 [email protected]
Mayor Edwin M. and Anita Lee - Lifetime Achievement Award in Bridge Building
Mayor Edwin M. and Anita Lee are pillars and leaders who broke barriers and modeled active and compassionate service in the community. As the first Asian American San Francisco Mayor, Ed Lee deeply cared about our community and in his career worked to build bridges across all sectors. In his early days as a lawyer, advocating for affordable housing in Chinatown, he championed the voiceless, and his work remained steadfast as he continued in his civil service career. Anita Lee, a leader and staunch supporter for the underserved population in her own right, worked alongside the Mayor to tirelessly defend women’s rights and education for young girls, promote cultural exchanges, and address health issues affecting members of the community.
Dr. Eugene Y.C. and Mrs. Anita T.H. Choi - Lifetime Achievement Award in Community Building
Medical Community Service and Philanthropists
Dr. Eugene Y.C. Choi and Mrs. Anita T.H. Choi have lovingly served tens of thousands of patients across almost 50 years of medical practice. Over those years, they never turned away a patient who could not pay, a circumstance not uncommon to the community they treated - underprivileged residents in Chinatown. Dr. and Mrs. Choi fulfilled this personal mission of serving the Chinese community when they moved to San Francisco in 1986. During those years, they also provided care farther afield; organizing and serving on medical missions to China, South and Central America, and to disaster zones like Hurricane Katrina. Their philanthropy includes serving on the boards of OMF International, Medical Services International, Chinese Christian Mission and many other charities. Mrs. Choi’s uncle, the Chinatown banker J.K. Choy, was a cofounder of the CCF.
Abby Chen - Visionary Leadership Award
Curator and Artistic Director, Chinese Culture Center
Abby Chen is a curator, writer, lecturer, producer, and culture critic. She has served as the forceful curator for the Chinese Culture Center since 2006, pioneering new institutional models of exhibition series including XianRui Fresharp 鲜锐, Present Tense现在时, WOMEN我们, and Episode篇章. A strong believer in imagination and action, Chen championed social engagement by prioritizing strong support for artist autonomy and growth. Under her courageous and passionate leadership, in addition to her unwavering commitment to excellence, she propelled the organization forward to a risk-taking and process driven platform for creative experimentation.