2016 Annual Dinner & Auction Sucess!

Thank you, attendees, donors, performers, volunteers, and members of the Board for your support and participation at the 2016 Annual Dinner & Auction held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at Bates Technical College. Please click here to view Event Program.

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Watch the Puyallup Tribe’s welcome here.

View more pictures from our volunteer photographer Liz Satterthwaite.

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See the wonderful performance of Nanxi Jiang playing the Guzheng here.

Special thanks to the following organizations and individuals!

Bates Technical College:
Executive Dean, Lin Zhou
Culinary Program Chefs/Instructors, Roger Knapp, JJ Meland, Richard Houle Program Students
Campus Security
Facilities & Operations

KBTC:
Executive Director/General Manager, Dean of Instruction, Ed Ulman

Community partners:
Puyallup Tribe of Indians
Chief Leschi Schools
Korean Women’s Association
Confucius Institute of the State of Washington

Performers:
Sylvia Miller & DavidDuenas, Puyallup Tribe Welcoming
Nanxi Jiang, Guzheng Performance, Annie Wright Schools (12th grade)
(Yoly Niu, assisting Nanxi)

Silent, Live Auction Items, Ticket & Wine Donation:
Diane Bai & Clay Zhang
Dali Chen & Shenhong You
Bill Evans
Pepa Lago-Grana
Zheng Ge & Lucy Zhou
Paul & Chunman Gissing
Minh-Anh Hodge
Larry and Theresa Pan Hosley
Margaret Yi Hui
Arlene Joe and Richard Woo
Lillian Koblenz
Linda C J Lee
Xin Liu and Meiyi Ma
Carolina Nurik
Patsy Surh O’Connell, APCC
Lotus Perry
Betinna Stanley
Susan Westberg
Xiaohong Yang
Greg Youtz & Becky Frehse
Gurtis Yu, Yu Tang Ceramics
Yingqi Zheng

Dessert Dash Dessert Providers:
Suzanne and Redmond Barnett
Celebrity Cake Studio
Lena Gibson
Minh-Anh Hodge
Larry and Theresa Pan Hosley
Mary Beth King (The Green Cape Cod Bed & Breakfast)
George Maxwell (Uncle George Cooks)
Randy Perry
Judy Tyson & Tim Bernthal
Greg Youtz

Annual Dinner Planning Committee:
Clarita Grant
Theresa Pan Hosley
Jill Magnuson
Lotus Perry, Co-Chair
Lucy Zhou, Co-Chair

Volunteers:
Susan Westberg, Coordinator
Bettina Stanley
Sheryl Rogel
Judy Tyson
Jing ‘Tina’ Yu
Students from Stadium High Honor Society
Students from University of Puget Sound
Liz Satterthwaite, Photographer

OrgSupport Staff:
Craig Ottavelli
Timmian Smith

 

 

Join us March 4 at 5:30 pm for our Annual Dinner and Auction!

Enjoy great food, beer and wine with friends, learn more about the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation and exciting plans for the park.

 

No-host Bar • Catered Chinese Dinner • Auctions • Raffle • Dessert Dash

Tickets are $60 in advance

Bates Technical College, 1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405

Seating is limited – please reserve your space now at:

http://bpt.me/2501767

View pictures from past dinner auctions here.

View the program and schedule here.

CRPF Annual Dinner and Auction – Items Needed!

CRPF is seeking donations of items and services to be sold in our auction at our Annual Dinner and Auction on March 4, 2016! The event will be held at the Bates Technical College Auditorium, between 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Dinner tickets will be available to purchase in advance and more information is forthcoming!
The benefits to making a donation or sponsoring our event are numerous:

  • Your item donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law (we are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization).
  • Patrons will see your item, your business, and your generosity!
  • You will help CRPF to continue the good work to fulfill our mission!
  • Sponsorships are available!

Don’t have anything to donate, but want to help spread the word? Call up your connections, contact your favorite local business or craftsperson and tell them about CRPF’s Silent Auction! Share us through Facebook, or contribute to the Dessert Dash by donating cash or a dessert item (may be homemade or from your favorite store).
Here are some of our favorite items and packages from the past auctions:

  • Framed prints and original works of art
  • Tickets to sporting events and exhibitions
  • Jewelry
  • Coffee table books
  • Spa and massage packages
  • Wine/tea baskets
  • Gift cards
  • Ceramic and porcelain items
  • Home-baked desserts

Variety is important, so be creative with your donation!
Email co-chairs Lucy Zhou and Lotus Perry at info@TacomaChinesePark.org with any questions, and start your donation today!

Please fill out the Silent Auction Donation Form HERE and send it back by:
Emailing the form to: info@TacomaChinesePark.org
Faxing the form to: 360-867-8803
Mailing the form to: PO Box 7024, Tacoma, WA 98406

And don’t miss CRPF’s 2016 Annual Dinner and Auction on March 4!

Save the Date – 2016 Annual Dinner

SAVE THE DATE for our annual fundraising dinner!
Friday, March 4, 2016
More information is forthcoming and tickets will be available for purchase online.

Save the Date for our Annual Membership Meeting

CRPF Membership meeting
Thursday, 1/14/2016
6:30-7:30 PM
Wyatt Hall #109 (location subject to change)
University of Puget Sound
1500 North Warner Street
Tacoma, WA 98416

Parking is available at the parking lot next to Wyatt Hall and along North Union Street.
Driving directions to UPS: http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/campus-the-northwest/visiting-puget-sound/directions/

Tacoma Sculpture Found After 19 Years in Storage

The City of Tacoma has just rediscovered a large bronze sculpture by Chinese artist Hai Ying Wu that was made in 1996 for the Chinese Reconciliation Park but instead spent two decades in storage. Now, thanks to curator Joseph Govednik, it has been resurrected at the Foss Waterway Seaport, where it will be unveiled in a public event Sunday. The piece will remain on loan to the Foss for a few months before eventually finding a permanent home along Tacoma’s future Prairie Line Trail.

Read more about this sculpture from The News Tribune here.

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article36001671.html#storylink=cpy

Minister Qiu Yuanping’s Visit

What a great honor to have Minister Qiu Yuanping, Head of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, visiting the Chinese Reconciliation Park on Monday, 21st September, 2015! The event was enthusiastically supported by the community, with attendees and representatives from Annie Wright School, Bates Technical College, City of Tacoma, Chief Leschi Schools, Pacific Lutheran University, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Tacoma Public Schools, and University of Puget Sound, to name a few. We are grateful for many volunteers and support from local businesses, with very short notice, donating event items and helping with setup and the reception. Special thanks go to Chief Leschi Schools, Tacoma Public Schools, Emerald Queen Casino, and GardenSphere.

Fuzhou Ting, which was freshly painted and restored to its pristine condition, stood beautifully as the center stage for a short program and presentation. Board of Director for Tacoma Public Schools Karen Vialle provided the welcoming remarks and City Council Member Joe Lonergan spoke on behalf of Mayor Strickland. I gave a brief history of the Park and Mr. Henry Chen and I presented Minister with art work that a CRPF Board member designed that incorporated a railroad spike to signify the contribution of the early Chinese in building the railroad to Tacoma. Students at Chief Leschi Schools and members of the Puyallup tribe performed traditional songs and ceremony to honor the presence of our Chinese guests.

We are most grateful for the support of our Sister City, Fuzhou, which is responsible for the restoration of the Ting. A special delegation led by Vice President Chen Yuanbang of the Fuzhou People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries attended the event as well.

Minister Qiu spoke of the history of the early Chinese immigrants and the significance of the Park’s effort to strengthen the relationships between China & US across the Pacific. She also commented on the diversity of cultures in Tacoma and the strengths of America as a multicultural society.

Event photos can be viewed at http://www.tacomachinesepark.org/photos-of-the-honorable-qiu-yuan-ping-visit-to-chinese-reconciliation-park/.

Due to Phase III construction, we are not able to celebrate the Tacoma Moon Festival at the park this year; however, we hope you will continue to support our effort by renewing your membership. Membership due and donations can be made online at http://www.tacomachinesepark.org/membership-donations/.

Finally, on behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to wish you an early Happy Moon Festival. Please feel free to stop by the Park this Sunday (27 September the Moon Festival date), to enjoy a great view of the full moon from the Fuzhou Ting and all the new improvements onsite.

Sincerely,

 

Theresa Pan Hosley

 

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Photos courtesy of Gabriel Newman.

Photos of the Honorable Qiu Yuanping visit to Chinese Reconciliation Park

The Honorable Qiu Yuanping, Minister of Overseas Chinese Commission, China State Department was welcomed to Chinese Reconciliation Park in Tacoma, WA. We had the good fortune to have one of our own Moon festival photo contest winners, Liz Satterthwaite, present with her camera. Enjoy the photos, and a special thanks to Liz and all those who attended!

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Chinese President Xi Jinping Makes First Visit to Tacoma on Sept. 23

Twenty one years after he personally witnessed the establishment of Tacoma’s Sister Cities relationship with Fuzhou as Chairman of the Standing Committee of Fuzhou Municipal People’s Congress, Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first visit to Tacoma, Wash. on Sept. 23.

“Tacoma is an international port city with strong ties to China. Since 1994, our cities have both benefited from a variety of educational, cultural and sports exchanges, and Tacoma has hosted at least 30 delegations from Fuzhou,” said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “We look forward to President Xi Jinping’s visit to strengthen our educational, cultural and business relationships with China.”

A delegation from Fuzhou visited Tacoma in 2010 to guide and assist with the construction of the Fuzhou Ting in the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park. The Ting was completed the following year and has since become a unique landmark and cultural attraction on Tacoma’s waterfront.

During his visit to Tacoma, President Xi will visit Lincoln High School with his wife, Peng Liyuan.

Lincoln High School and the Affiliated High School of Fuzhou Institute of Education signed a memorandum of understanding in 2008 to promote faculty, student, cultural and sports exchanges. Several Lincoln High School teachers and Tacoma school district administrators have visited Fuzhou for professional exchanges and to teach during breaks. Lincoln High School also has an active Sister City Club.

The event at Lincoln is focused on the kids and is not, in general,  open to the public.  However, are a couple of other events that will be open to the public and that we would love your attendance at:

Monday Sept 21 9:30 am Chinese Reconciliation Park and Ting Tour and celebration, attended by Minister Qiu Yuan Ping, China State Department, Oversea Chinese Commission, hosted by the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation.

Tuesday Sept 22 10am Opening Ceremony for the Fuzhou-Tacoma 21 year Sister City celebration Exhibition at the Old Post office, 1102 A street.  The exhibition is in the ballroom on the 4th floor will be open to the public from after the opening ceremony at 10am on the 22 until 4 pm on the 24th.

Park Construction Updates

Friends of the Fuzhou Committee,

The Fuzhou Ting repair crew’s flight back to China took off from the Sea-Tac Airport three hours ago.  They left a messy park behind for us to clean up.

O.K., I am being a little facetious here, because I am really relieved.  The Fuzhou Ting repair project is finally completed.  Beautifully done.  Please see the picture I took this morning.  It wasn’t bright enough out there to see the details clearly, but you get the picture.  We are so grateful for the generous contributions of our sister city Fuzhou, China.

This whole operation has been successfully executed, owing much to Debbie Bingham, Sister Cities Coordinator, for managing every step of the way, from planning, budgeting, coordination, to day-to-day tasks and media coverage.  She pulled in resources from various sources, including personal contributions, and made the Fuzhou team’s stay in Tacoma safe, productive, enjoyable, and memorable.

We need to thank the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, its President Theresa Pan-Hosley, the Board of Director, as well as passionate members such as Clay Zhang, for the support, contributions, and help that they have provided throughout the project.  Members of the Tacoma-Fuzhou Sister City Committee have also helped tremendously.  Taking the Fuzhou crew out for dinners, for grocery shopping, for shopping for personal/family needs, for entertainment, etc.; providing/lending them some kitchenware and household items; visiting them on the job site on a daily basis; spending time with them during the evenings from time to time – just to name a few things that we have done together to make our guests feel like home.

Councilmember Joe Lonergan visited them on September 3rd on the job site and at their residence, on behalf of the Mayor and the City council, and also to bestow his personal greetings.  Deputy City Manager Mark Lauzier also visited them on the job site on September 12th to express our appreciation on behalf of the City Manager and City government.

So, now that the Fuzhou Ting repair is done, Debbie will spend the next few days organizing the clean-up of the job site, removing the fences, honey bucket, etc.  The City’s grounds maintenance crew from the Public Works Department will come in and take care of all the shrub trimming and tidy-up that needs to happen by the end of the week (when I said “the messy park site”, I wasn’t totally joking).

By the way, the construction of the new parking lot and landscaping that has been going on at the park site is a separate project called Phase 3 Improvement.  Public Works Department also plans to finish it up and clean up the site by the end of the week,  leaving a couple of items to be done that does not need to mess up the park site.

So, in a few days, we should be able to enjoy the park as – probably more so than – we have been over the past few years.  Please continue to enjoy it, love it, and guard it (i.e., reporting on unethical activity).

Regards,

Lihuang Wung

City of Tacoma

Planning and Development Services Department

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