By Julia L. Wong
The Wong Family Benevolent Association of Boston held their New Year’s banquet on Feb. 16 at Empire Garden in Chinatown. Many officials of the state attended, including Mayor Marty Walsh, Councilor-at-large Michelle Wu, Treasurer Steven Grossman, Senator of the Second Suffolk District Sonia Chang-Diaz and state representatives Tackey Chan and Donald Wong.
Vibrant and energetic lion dances opened the celebration and welcomed the Year of the Horse. The Women’s Auxiliary Group followed with a poem-song about the Wong family. Walsh wished everyone a happy new year and spoke of Boston as a great city due to its many cultures. The mayor vowed to help improve and preserve the community. Wu also extended her well wishes by shaking hands with constituents at each table.
Beyond well wishes, the banquet allowed the Boston Chinese community to celebrate with friends, both old and new. A community member celebrated her 101st birthday, receiving a special wish from Walsh in Chinese. The association also celebrated the accomplishments of the younger generations by presenting high academic achievers with scholarships. Like every year, the banquet brought together tradition and harmony, and filled the hearts of its members with hope for the new year.
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