On the evening of Saturday, February 4, 2017, National Association of Chinese Americans (NACA) hosted its annual fundraising banquet at Canton House Restaurant to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New year 2017 – the Year of the Rooster.
DeKalb County State Court Judge Alvin Wong served as the Master of ceremonies. He provided the guests with many laughs with his wit and humor.
Accompanied by drums, the lion dance began the evening. In the Chinese culture, the lion dance is believed to bring luck and happiness. Mr. Ric Hubler, President of NACA, delivered welcoming remarks to distinguished guests and NACA friends. He expressed appreciation for the supports from NACA friends in the past year, and wished all friends good luck in the Year of the Rooster.
U.S. Representative, Georgia 4th District, Mr. Hank Johnson, made the keynote speech. The guests were also enriched by hearing from distinguished speakers, which include Mr. Yumin Zhao, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of China in Houston, and Mr. Ceasar Mitchell, President of Atlanta City Council. The speakers extended their New Year greetings to the guests, as well as confidence in U.S.-China relations in the new year.
In extending its mission statement “bridging cultures, building leaders, benefiting community”, NACA presented donation of $10,000 to the Georgia State University Perimeter College and another $10,000 to Georgia Tech’s Shenzhen campus.
Judge Alvin Wong was presented with the Dedicated Service Award from NACA for his years of service to NACA and the local community.
NACA’s guests and friends enjoyed delicious food, wine, guzheng performance, and the raffle and fund raising auction. The night was wrapped in a warm and festive atmosphere. All the guests and friends were filled with joy and rich festive spirit.
In the coming year, NACA will continue its efforts to promote U.S.-China relations and contribute to the community.