By the Asian American Civic Association
More than 200 guests attended the “Boston’s Famous” Fashion Show hosted by the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) and Neiman Marcus Boston on March 11 at Neiman Marcus Copley Place. The crowd reviewed the spring 2014 fashion collection displayed by local celebrities from political and business sectors in Massachusetts.
The fashion show kicked off the AACA’s “Secure Our Future” campaign, a major effort to raise $3 million to purchase the agency’s headquarters at 87 Tyler Street by January 2015. Chau-ming Lee, AACA’s executive director, said ownership would eliminate the agency’s annual rental cost, which can then be invested in its adult education and training programs. The rental funds will also go toward planning and developing new programs.
Co-chaired by Laura Sen, president and CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Linda Moulton, CEO of TRU Corporation, the “Secure Our Future” campaign has raised about $1.3 million in gifts and pledges as of the date of the event.
The two event co-chairs, Madge Meyer, former executive vice president, chief innovation officer and technology fellow at State Street Corporation and Marvin Gilmore, president and chief executive officer at Community Development Corporation of Boston, Inc., acknowledged the major funders of the campaign encouraged people to support AACA at the event.
“Eighty percent of programs funded by State Street Foundation are workforce development related. We have an extensive knowledge of this kind of program,” said Joe McGrail, AACA board member and COO of State Street Foundation, in his speech. “We continue to support AACA as they know how to run successful workforce development programs with strong and impactful outcomes.
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