AACA recognizes student success and community leaders

The Asian American Civic Association celebrated its annual gala “Their Courage to be New” on June 26 onboard the Odyssey cruise ship. Stanley Chen was an honorary committee co-chair for the AACA gala. He was a pioneer in developing affordable housing for Chinatown seniors, working on the Quincy Tower and South Cove East and West projects. (Image courtesy of Billy Kan.) 華美福利會6月26日在Odyssey遊輪上舉行了年度晚會『勇於不同』。陳宣享是華美福利會晚宴的榮譽委員會聯合主席。他是為華埠長者提供經濟住房方面的先鋒,曾服務於君子樓以及南灣東和南灣西項目。(圖片由簡國輝攝。)

The Asian American Civic Association celebrated its annual gala “Their Courage to be New” on June 26 onboard the Odyssey cruise ship. Stanley Chen was an honorary committee co-chair for the AACA gala. He was a pioneer in developing affordable housing for Chinatown seniors, working on the Quincy Tower and South Cove East and West projects. (Image courtesy of Billy Kan.)

By Ling-Mei Wong

 

The Asian American Civic Association (AACA) celebrated outstanding students and community leaders at its annual gala “Their Courage to be New” on June 26 onboard the Odyssey Cruise Ship. Over 500 attendees were at the event and the agency raised more than $285,000.

AACA provides English courses and job training. Careers in Banking and Finance  student Ann Zhang, received the George A. Russell Jr. Career Advancement Award. Despite having professional experience in China, her job opportunities were limited to waitressing at a Chinese restaurant. After completing the banking program in 2011, she was hired at Cathay Bank and recently was promoted to a higher position as an administrative coordinator at Eastern Bank.

Ann Zhang (left) receives the George A. Russell Jr. Career Advancement Award from Yongmei Chen, Eastern Bank senior vice president. (Image courtesy of Billy Kan.) 銀行出納項目學生張詢(左)獲得了George A. Russell Jr. 職業發展獎,由東方銀行資深副總裁陳咏梅頒發。(圖片由簡國輝攝。)

Ann Zhang (left) receives the George A. Russell Jr. Career Advancement Award from Yongmei Chen, Eastern Bank senior vice president. (Image courtesy of Billy Kan.)

Next Step Transitional English Program (Next STEP) graduate Reda Othman received the Richard & Susan Smith Family Foundation College Achievement Award. The native of Egypt came to America in 2012, only finding work as a baker. After completing the Next STEP program, Othman enrolled at Holyoke Community College, transferred to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is pursuing a master’s degree in education. Today, he works as a refugee family liaison for Springfield Public Schools.

Community Service Awards were presented to David Chang, Chinatown community volunteer and Richard Soo Hoo, president of the Richard Soo Hoo Insurance Agency.

“We are honored to recognize such dedicated individuals who work tirelessly for the community,” said Chau-ming Lee, AACA executive director.

AACA executive director Chau-ming Lee (center) with Tsutomu Himeno (left), Consul General of Japan in Boston and Ming Chen of Ping On Insurance Company at the AACA gala on June 26 at the Odyssey cruise ship. (Image courtesy of Billy Kan.) 華美福利會行政主任李秋明(中間)、日本領事姬野勉(左)和平安保險公司區域主任陳明於6月26日在Odyssey遊輪上的華美福利會年度晚會。(圖片由簡國輝攝。)

AACA executive director Chau-ming Lee (center) with Tsutomu Himeno (left), Consul General of Japan in Boston and Ming Chen of Ping On Insurance Company at the AACA gala on June 26 at the Odyssey cruise ship. (Image courtesy of Billy Kan.)

Peabody Properties received the Employer Partner of the Year Award, taking in the most interns from AACA’s Building Energy Efficient Maintenance Skills training program in the past two years.

The gala was hosted by WCVB reporter Janet Wu and WHDH reporter Nancy Chen, with a lion dance by the Wah Lum Kung Fu Athletic Association and Tai Chi Academy and live Bollywood dance performances by Indian high school students from the AACA Youth Council. Local artists Livia Pan demonstrated Chinese knots and Geetha Ramakrishnan showed traditional Indian geometric line drawing, known as kolam or rangoli.

The AACA provides all immigrants and economically disadvantaged individuals with education, occupational training, and social services, enabling them to realize lasting economic self-sufficiency.

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About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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