A spectacular evening – Chinese Chamber’s 2015 Lunar New Year Gala 一个流光彩溢的夜晚 —- 2015农历新年庆典取得圆满成功

On Friday Feb. 6, the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce held its festive and successful annual Lunar New Year’s Gala at the Horseshoe Casino. More than two-hundred guests attended the event.

Our guests were greeted by the beautifully decorated Horseshoe Casino banquet hall and a warm reception by the Chamber’s Board of Directors, volunteers and staff. After a short networking cocktail hour, the guests were dazzled by the traditional lion dancers as they drummed to scare away evil spirits and kicked off the Gala for the New Year.

Michael Kou, Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, offered his opening remarks welcoming everyone to the Gala. Cincinnati City Councilwomen Amy Murray then presented the City’s Proclamation commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Chamber’s existence. This was followed by a speech of recognition and support by Dr. Santa J. Ono, the President of the University of Cincinnati—the only academic institution that is a diamond level member to the Chinese Chamber.  Also in attendance to the Gala are honored guests such as Chief Michael Bell, former Toledo Mayor, and representatives from the Detroit Chinese Business Association.  Collage1

While the guests enjoyed delicious Asian-inspired cuisines prepared by the Horseshoe Casino, Mr. Peter Landgren, Dean of College Conservatory of Music, introduced the evening’s featured performers, international award winning violinist Yang Liu and his pianist wife I-Hsuan Tsai (Olivia), to the stage. Yang and Olivia dazzled our guests with Polonaise in A Major by Wieniawski and Paganini’s Cantabile. They also performed a few emotional pieces written by a Chinese composer Sicong Ma including the “Nostalgia for Violin” and the “Xinjiang Spring” to the audience’s standing ovation.

Concluding the Gala, Michael Kou gave a remarkable speech about the journey of the Chinese Chamber through the past ten years and his vision of the Chamber’s future. Michael thanked all the Chamber members, sponsors, guests, and volunteers for their support through the last ten years and for their support given to make this year’s Gala an overwhelming success. Michael reminded us the continuing service of this Chamber to the greater Cincinnati region as a bridge to China and we believe this year’s Gala speak volumes as to the Chamber’s success in the future.

2015年2月6日星期五,辛辛那提中国商会在马蹄铁赌场成功地举行了一年一度庆春节大典。

参加这次庆典的二百多名辛辛那提各界的来宾,在董事会及其工作人员的热情迎接下,走进了马蹄铁赌场美丽装饰的宴会大厅。在简短的鸡尾酒招待会后,来宾们被精彩的舞狮所吸引。舞狮是中国农历新年的一个传统节目,意在舞者用铿锵的鼓声驱邪除魔,渲染吉祥喜庆的气氛,为新的一年带来好运。

Collage2在商会董事会主席Michael Kou作了开幕词,欢迎宾客们的到来后,辛辛那提市议员Amy Murray 女士发表了纪念中国商会成立十周年城市公告。之后,辛辛那提大学校长Santa J. Ono发表了演讲,对商会进行了肯定与支持。辛辛那提大学是商会唯一一个钻石级的学术机构。

在来宾们享用马蹄铁赌场为他们准备的精美可口的亚洲风味晚餐时,辛辛那提音乐学院院长Perter Landgren向大家介绍了当晚的特邀嘉宾—国际小提琴比赛大奖得主,刘杨和他的太太,也是他的演奏伙伴,钢琴家蔡宜璇。他们为大家带来了维尼亚夫斯基的《A大调波洛奈兹舞曲》和帕格尼尼的《柔美如歌》。之后他们还为大家演奏了马思聪的《思乡曲》和《新疆之春》。这两首深情并极具中国特色的乐曲激起了在场中国观众对祖国的思念,也使其他观众领略到了中国音乐文化的魅力。全场观众为演奏家的精彩表演起立鼓掌。

接下来,Michael Kou为来宾介绍了辛辛那提中国商会十年来的发展历程和对未来的展望。他还向商会成员,赞助者,所有来宾及志愿者们表示衷心的感谢;感谢在他们的大力支持下,庆典得以圆满成功。最后,Michael Kou表示辛辛那提中国商会将一如既往地为中国与辛辛那提的合作发展服务,建立纽带桥梁。

这样一个新老朋友相聚一堂,商业文化交流的盛会将是新的一年最良好的开端。它预示着2015将是吉祥喜庆,繁荣丰收的一年。

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2015 Lunar New Year Gala

Come for the lion dance and live music, stay for the great food and good people.

Our annual Lunar New Year Gala will take place Friday, Feb. 6, from 5:30 to 8 pm at the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati. The event is our opportunity to celebrate the most important holiday in Asian culture together. We want to bring the business community of Cincinnati (and beyond) together to mix, mingle and enjoy a fine evening of Chinese cultural celebration.

Our program includes a lion dance to start the proceedings, followed by plenty of time for networking and enjoying Asian-inspired cuisine by the Horseshoe’s highly trained chefs. We are lining up live performances by students from the UC’s College Conservatory of Music, as well as live solo performances by world class Chinese performers. The City of Cincinnati will present a proclamation in honor of harboring better China-Cincinnati relations. It is going to be a big event.

We want to garner improved relations between China and Cincinnati and we want to invite you to help us do it.

General Seating & Tickets Purchase

  • Guests also can purchase a full table of 10 seats at $1,500.
  • Half page advertisements can be purchased separately at $250.
  • All Active Members can purchase tickets individually before Jan. 15 at $100; after at $150
  • At-The-Door (check only), Non-members (general public) can purchase tickets individually at $200.

The Chinese Chamber holds this event each year to celebrate the community and raise funds for its operations throughout the rest of the year. Sponsorship is a great way to spread good will to a community that is growing quite quickly, especially with the massive influx of Chinese students attending local universities. We look to serve this new community and that of the export realm in the region too. We do this by collaborating with other movements to encourage immigration and diversity awareness. For example, our representatives play key roles in Mayor John Cranley’s Task Force on Immigration, Diverse by Design, UC’s China Initiative, and more.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Jade Sponsorship – $5,000

  • Name and logo recognition in web promotional materials
  • Full page advertisement in event’s program
  • Welcome remarks and introductions of key sponsor attendees
  • Recognition during the event
  • List of gala attendees
  • 2 seats at the head table
  • 2 full tables of 10 seats each at preferred location

Gold Sponsor – $3,500

  • Name and logo recognition in web promotional materials
  • Half-page advertisement in event’s program
  • Recognition during the event
  • List of gala attendees
  • 1 full table of 10 seats at preferred location

Silver Sponsor – $2,000

  • Name and logo recognition in web promotional materials
  • List of gala attendees
  • Recognition during the event
  • 1 full table of 10 seats

 

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

Lunar New Year Gala: Mayor Michael Bell to Share Chinese Story

Journalists have been following the work of the City of Toledo lately. They were particularly interested in the work of former Mayor Michael Bell. During his term he courted hundreds of Chinese investors, which so far has amounted in more than $10 million in investment. An elected official like Mr. Bell deserves to share his story. And he’ll be doing just that on Jan. 31 at the 2014 Lunar New Year Gala.

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