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.
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.
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。
Written By Ye