May 25, 2018
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center Banquet Sets a Record

March 7, 2017 — The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, a Boston nonprofit that provides education and family services to Asian immigrants and the Asian American community of Greater Boston, announced that its recently held annual banquet raised $380,000, setting a record.

The Chinese New Year Banquet, ushering in the Year of the Rooster, held last Friday at the Hei La Moon Restaurant in Boston, surpassed last year's fundraising total by $62,000, or 19%. The sold-out event attracted 550 people.

Giles Li, Executive Director of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), said, “It is amazing that we break another fundraising record, a total of $380,000. We are grateful to all the banquet committee, who are instrumental is connecting BCNC with friends in the corporate sector."

The funds raised, which account for nearly 8% of all funds raised by BCNC annually, will support services and programs for children, youth, adults, and families who participate in BCNC activities.

BCNC said it employed a new giving vehicle this year, called Give by Cell. During paddle fundraising, attendees were asked to text in their pledges, with results displayed in real time.

The evening included a wine and dim sum reception, silent and live auctions, cultural performances, and a traditional 10-course dinner.

Attendees at the event included Boston City Council President Michelle Wu, Quincy City Councilor Nina Liang, City of Boston Art Commissioner Julie Burros, and Boston Center for Youth and Families Commissioner William Morales. Jonathan Choe, of NBC Boston, served as master of ceremonies.

BCNC bestowed its South Cove Community Health Center Adult Student Award on Djilali Chaker, the TJX Volunteer Award on Denis and Stella Tam; and the Capital One Mentor Award on Dora Hui.

Key sponsors included Tufts Medical Center, Bank of America, Capital One, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, South Cove Community Health Center, and TJX.

Since 1969, BCNC has supported the growing Asian immigrant and Asian American community of Greater Boston, working to ensure that the children, youth, and families it serves have the resources to achieve greater economic success and social wellbeing. Its programs, at sites in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood and Quincy, focus on early education and care, after school programs, adult education, family child care and family services, and recreation and fitness.

For the year ending June 30, 0216, BCNC reported $5.78 million in revenue and $5.19 million in expenses, according to its most recently available annual report.

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