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March 18, 2014 > Blazing a trail to success

Blazing a trail to success

By Sara Giusti

Spring is here, and with the bright days and warmer evenings, Citizens for Better Community (CBC) celebrates another year of service at their 22nd annual Spring Celebration fundraiser.

For 23 years, CBC has been representing, bringing awareness to, and building community for Chinese-Americans in the Tri-City area. Founded at a time when Fremont lacked Chinese representation, CBC today is not just a Chinese-American organization, but a unique and essential part of the community as a whole, providing education, health, and cultural outreach programs to the entire community. Senior citizen outreach, community service, or communal events, such as their annual Fourth of July Barbecue, are just a few of the ways CBC supports the Tri-City area.

CBCÕs annual ÒSpring CelebrationÓ is the organizationÕs primary fundraiser. This year, funds from the gala will benefit CBCÕs Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program, Internship Program, cultural programs (e.g. Moon Festival, Chinese New Year Celebration with Fremont Library), and financial aid to other local nonprofits.

Entertainment for the evening includes music performances by CBCÕs own Dr. Herbert Chiu and Idea band, a special erhu performance (a two stringed bowed instrument, also nicknamed the ÒChinese violinÓ), and a surprise percussion performance with selected community members. A dance will follow closing remarks.

The galaÕs emcee is CBC Board Member Colonel Garrett Yee. Speakers include Citizen of the Year Phong La, FremontÕs former Human Relations Commissioner, also appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs in 2013, and Volunteer of the Year Lily Mei, a Fremont Unified School District School Board Trustee.

This yearÕs theme is aptly named ÒYear of the Horse - Blazing the Trail to Success.Ó ÒIt is CBCÕs wish for all of our members, friends, families and supporters to attain success in life by learning from some of the traits of the horse [loyal, patient, energetic, active],Ó said CBC President Ivy Wu. Ò[We] hope many people in our community, especially organizations, families and individuals who are new to our community, will join CBC by participating in this upcoming gala. We also welcome everyone to our monthly meeting held on the first Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Carlton Plaza in Fremont,Ó added Wu.

Dress code for the evening is black tie or dress suit for men, and long dresses or cheong sams for women. Dinner options are beef, fish, or vegetarian. RSVPs are needed by March 21 - reserve your spot soon, as tables fill up fast for this memorable celebration!

Contact Kathy Jang for tickets and information at (510) 790-0740 or

Spring Celebration
Saturday, Apr 5
Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner, Programs and Entertainment: 6:30 p.m.
Hilton Newark/Fremont
39900 Balentine Dr., Newark
(510) 790-0740
Tickets: $88/seat, $800/sponsor tables of 10 seats
RSVPs needed by Mar 21

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