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April 17, 2012 > Spring Celebration goes glamour

Spring Celebration goes glamour

By M. J. Laird
Photos By Courtesy of Kevin Yee and John Dutra

For 20 years, members of Citizens for Better Community have invested time and money into the Tri-City area using money raised annually through a single fundraiser, its Spring Celebration. This year's theme is "Cocktails and Couture: A Night of Glamour."

Set for Saturday, April 21, the evening will feature a runway fashion show as dinner entertainment. Fashions will include both traditional Asian dress and modern clothing for both men and women; local residents will act as models.

The fashion show will include designs from New York-based architect and fashion designer Teddy Lee, who won Lifetime Network's fashion competition "24 Hour Catwalk." Lee, formerly from the San Francisco Bay Area, is known for incorporating the romantic and whimsical into everyday life.

More than 300 people are expected to attend the black tie event at Fremont's Marriott Hotel, with festivities starting at 5:30 p.m.

CBC will honor two guests - Bernie Dutra and Anna Wang - during the evening for their outstanding local contributions. Dutra, to be honored as CBC's Citizen of the Year, launched a nonprofit organization, One Child, providing new clothes and school supplies annually to needy students from kindergarten through high school. Anna Wang, along with her husband Albert and nine other Chinese families, established Friends of Children with Special Needs to support families and children with developmental and other disabilities. Wang will be recognized as CBC Volunteer of the Year.

While CBC honors Dutra and Wang, it was less than six months ago that CBC was honored as "Community Partner of the Year" by California State Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski. During his State of the Assembly address, Wieckowski issued a proclamation to then CBC President Tim Tran.

Gerry Low-Sabado, recently named president of CBC and one of the runway models this year, was honored by the organization in 2009 for helping recover lost history of Monterey Bay Peninsula Chinese settlers who landed there in 1851. After being honored, Low-Sabado decided to join the organization which annually co-sponsors a popular Chinese New Year's celebration at the Alameda County Library Fremont Main branch along with South Bay Chinese Club, the Fremont Public Library, and other Chinese organizations and schools.

CBC contributes to more than two dozen area organizations from Abode to Ohlone College to Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation. Formed in 1992 by a small group of Chinese Americans, CBC shares Chinese culture and heritage and encourages citizen involvement.

Richard Li is chairing the Spring Celebration along with event coordinator, Sharon Yap of Sharon Yap Design. Sponsorships and tickets are still available at $88 per person or $800 per table for 10 people. For tickets, call (510) 790-0740.

Spring Celebration
Saturday, Apr 21
5:30 p.m.
Fremont's Marriott Hotel
46100 Landing Parkway, Fremont
(510) 790-0740

Tickets: $88

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