CRPF Annual Auction Dinner
Celebration of Unity: Unity through Diversity
June 1, 2019
On behalf of the board of directors, staff, and volunteers of the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, I want to sincerely thank you for attending and participating in our auction event on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Together with you and over 150 other guests, we successfully raised over $20,000 to continue the Foundation’s mission to educate the community about an important part of Tacoma’s history and to pay tribute to our city’s diverse cultural heritage.
Thanks to you and supporters like you this year’s auction and dinner was fun and productive! We plan to use the momentum to carry us into our Moon Festival season and hope that you will plan to attend. This year’s Moon Festival is scheduled for September 21 2019. As we continue to raise awareness about our organization, our mission of reconciliation, and the beautiful waterfront park that serves as a symbol for that healing, we thank you for your participation.
The below picture is of David Almonte, winner of the ‘Be a Superintendent for a Day!‘ prize ringing the end of school-year bell with Superintendent Carla Santorno.
The Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation (CRPF) is a nonprofit organization that advances civic harmony by way of the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park along the Commencement Bay waterfront close to Old Town.
The Chinese garden motif allows the park to stand both as an acknowledgment of the forceful expulsion of the Chinese population of the City of Tacoma by municipal leaders and a large crowd on November 3, 1885, and as a celebration of the city’s multicultural past, present, and future. The expulsion was an act of exclusion in response to complex conditions of the time, among them economic decline and anti-Chinese sentiment. The park is an act of reconciliation and inclusivity toward appreciation of the people of diverse legacies and interests who are part of the city as a dynamic community.
Working with the city and the state, CRPF aims to inform and also to inspire. Through pathways and structures, as well as posted signage, visitors to the park can find out about Chinese sojourners who made their way to live and work in Tacoma and later encountered civic injustice. The park thus provides a place for contemplation but also renewal. Children can run and play, family and friends can exchange ideas, and all can be mindful of the interconnectedness of peoples.