Tufts Medical Center presents Chinatown leader Frank Chin with Lifetime Achievement Award

By Molly Finn

 

Longtime Chinatown resident and advocate, Frank Chin received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tufts Medical Center’s 2014 Working Wonders benefit on March 26 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

(L to R) Tufts Medical Center CEO Michael Wagner, Lifetime Achievement Awardee Frank Chin, Ryan Cuddyer, Special Assistant to Boston Mayor's Chief of Staff, Tony Monaco, Tufts University president and Sherry Dong, Director, Tufts MC. Mayor Menino declares March 26, 2014 Frank Chin Day and presented him with a  Mayor's citation. (Image courtesy of Leah Haydock Photography.)

(L to R) Tufts Medical Center CEO Michael Wagner, Lifetime Achievement Awardee Frank Chin, Ryan Cuddyer, Special Assistant to Boston Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Tony Monaco, Tufts University president and Sherry Dong, Director, Tufts MC. Mayor Walsh declared March 26, 2014 Frank Chin Day and presented him with a Mayor’s citation. (Image courtesy of Leah Haydock Photography.)

This award recognized Chin’s immeasurable impact on shaping the physical, social, economic and cultural landscape of Chinatown over the years.

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (middle) and Michael Wagner,  Interim president and CEO of Tufts Medical Center presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Frank Chin (left).  (Image courtesy of Molly Finn.)

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (middle) and Michael Wagner, interim president and CEO of Tufts Medical Center presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Frank Chin (left). (Image courtesy of Molly Finn.)

Former Boston Mayor and Chin’s close friend Thomas Menino introduced Chin at the event. He said that Chin is more commonly known as “Uncle Frank” because everyone he encounters in the community feels like being part of his extended family.

Sen. Petruccelli joins Frank Chin and the Chinatown community in celebrating his award recognition. Pictured with Chin are Paul Chan, Sherry Dong and James Chan. (Image courtesy of Sherry Dong.)

Sen. Petruccelli joins Frank Chin and the Chinatown community in celebrating his award recognition. Pictured with Chin are Paul Chan (fifth from left), Sherry Dong (fourth from right) and James Chan (first right). (Image courtesy of Anne Chan.)

“‘Uncle Frank’ is the mayor of Chinatown, Frank Chin did everything … a humble guy, he never expected any of this stuff — this honor this evening,” Menino said.

Tufts MC CEO Michael Wagner and Mayor Menino present the Lifetime Achievement Award to longtime community leader and activist Frank Chin. (Image courtesy of Sherry Dong.)

Tufts MC CEO Michael Wagner and Mayor Menino present the Lifetime Achievement Award to longtime community leader and activist Frank Chin. (Image courtesy of Sherry Dong.)

Menino recognized Chin’s fervent goals to clean up Chinatown by working with three different mayors, each had very different styles, and to fight for continuing the operation of Chinese schools.

Honoree Frank Chin with current Tufts Medical Center CEO Michael Wagner and Ellen Zane, former CEO and current board vice chair of of Tufts Medical Center. (Image courtesy of Sherry Dong.)

Honoree Frank Chin with current Tufts Medical Center CEO Michael Wagner and Ellen Zane, former CEO and current board vice chair of of Tufts Medical Center. (Image courtesy of Leah Haydock Photography.)

He described how “Uncle Frank” has embodied not only the ideals of Tufts, but the ideals of Boston: “He’s all about people, that’s what Frank Chin is all about…one of the things that make Boston work, one of those individuals.”

Honoree Frank Chin was pleasantly surprised with a lion dance performance by the Gung Ho Club. (Image courtesy of Sherry Dong.)

Honoree Frank Chin was pleasantly surprised with a lion dance performance by the Gung Ho Club. (Image courtesy of the Sampan editorial team.)

Chin is the patriarch of Chinese immigrant advocacy work in Boston’s Chinatown. Chin was appointed co-chair of a Grievance Task Force established by then Mayor Kevin White in 1969 to highlight community needs. He was instrumental in bringing many issues to the forefront and introducing resources into the community through his activism and outspokenness. The creation of the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, Asian American Civic Association, South Cove Community Health Center, Pagoda Park, and the annual Chinatown August Moon Festival were all made possible by Chin’s tireless efforts. For nearly five decades, he has advocated for community needs — affordable housing, cleaner and safer streets, small business and economic development, and youth development among others. Working Wonders is an annual signature fundraising event for Tufts Medical Center that features awards and a live auction to support compassionate care, leading-edge research and Tufts Medical Center’s commitment to treat all of their patients as if they are a part of their family.

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