Letter from the Director — February’s End

Letter from the Director

We’re a whole month into the Year of the Horse now and a lot of people have asked about our 2014 Lunar New Year Gala. From a fundraising standpoint, it was certainly on par with tradition, thanks to our sponsors and loyal members. We ran a survey after the event and the response was positive. We also received some great ideas for next year’s event. All in all, it was up to historical standard, but there’s room to improve and we intend to fill that space.

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The Times They Are a-Changin’

Bob Dylan wrote and recorded a now famous song calledĀ The Times They Are a-Changin’ as an anthem to express the changes going on in the early 1960s. Just as his song served as history of the changes, so too does this blog post serve as post of change, although on a much smaller scale.

The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce moved Feb. 3 from its location at the Barnes Dennig offices — 150 E. 4th St. Third Floor — to offices down the street at 1106 Race St. Suite 2. Please make note of the change.

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What to Expect for the 2014 Lunar New Year Gala

The phones have been ringing off the hook today. The excitement for our grand event is really building. We have more than 200 people scheduled to attend our grand extravaganza.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • The casino has plenty of free parking. You can find more information on parking at their web site. They also have valet parking if you’re feeling swanky. It costs a little extra though.
  • In fact, you probably will be feeling swanky because the dress code for the event is business and cocktail attire. Gentlemen, feel free to add some flair with a pocket square. Ladies, you already know what to do.
  • The gala is on the second floor, the ballroom floor. Once you make it to the floor, you can’t miss us. Make sure to visit the registration desk.
  • If you can’t make the event at 5:30 pm, you’ll want to at least get there before 6:15 pm. That’s when the grand opening to the ceremony will begin, followed by dinner, and you definitely don’t want to miss dinner.
  • We have two cash bars staffed by four bartenders.
  • Although we have a mobile point-of-sale for credit cards, I suggest bringing cash for the auction. We have a lot of quality items going for cheap.
  • Business networking is a major part of the event: We have manufacturers, small business, large corporations, government, lawyers, doctors and attorneys attending; just to name a few.

If you have more questions, give us a call at 513-852-4100. You can also email Evan Brooks, executive director, at ed@china-midwest.com or Angie Li, events marketing specialist, at ali@china-midwest.com. We’ll see you there!

The 2014 Lunar New Year Gala Agenda

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The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Lunar New Year Gala on from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Horseshoe Casino ballroom on Jan. 31. The chamber will celebrate the coming of the Year of the Horse with an auction, Asian cuisine and traditional performances. Also, former Toledo Mayor Michael P. Bell will speak on his story of bringing more than $10 million in Chinese investment to his city since 2011. The event will prove to be a grand display of Asian culture and tradition for the biggest holiday of the year in the Far East.

Attire is business or cocktail and the evening’s proceedings will go as such (subject to change):

  • 5:30 to 6:10 pm: Registration, Networking, Auction and Lion Dance Prelude
  • 6:15 to 8:00 pm: Dining on Asian Cuisine, Networking and Michael Bell Speech
  • 8:05 to 9:00 pm: Beijing Storytelling (Kuai ban shu), Guzheng (Chinese Harp) and Sounds of Joy (choir) performances