By Suzie Yeung
The Asian Taskforce Against Domestic Violence celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Silk Road Gala on Nov. 23. The gathering was held atop 60 State Street, overlooking downtown Boston. Hundreds of attendees adorned in ethnic clothing represented the diversity of Asian cultures.
Linda Chin, president of ATASK invited a former ATASK client to speak about her experience. The woman from Vietnam expressed her gratitude to the organization for providing her the assistance that she needed. After turning to their center of support, she was able to obtain a certificate as a manicurist, tend to her young son in her own apartment and purchase her very first car.
“ATASK supported me with my dream and made me feel good about myself again … Without your help, I would not be standing here today,” said the survivor.
Guests mingled during cocktail hour and were offered wine and hors d‘oeuvres. Placed around the venue were small, folded paper cranes that represented the theme of the night.
Samples from well-known restaurants in Boston were served to guests. Many chefs were present to share their culinary delights, including Ming Tsai, Alison Fong of Bon Me and Jody Adams of Rialto.
Attendees participated in a silent auction, which including a baseball signed by Boston Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa, handbags and gifts certificates. All proceeds went toward victims of domestic violence.
Anchor Janet Wu of 7 News hosted the event.
Afterwards, talented pianist George Li of Young Concert Artists performed, amazing the crowd with his deft fingers and skill. Everyone was treated to dessert — included nitrogen ice cream from Churn in Cambridge — to conclude the night.
ATASK provides English language lessons, job skill training and social support for victims to get their lives back in order. It has recently renewed a federal grant. ATASK has grown from a small meeting of likeminded, determined individuals to an organization that assists people in need.
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