[New York, NY] March 30, 2016 — The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is pleased to announce the honorees for the Fifth Annual Celebration of Community Heroes dinner. The Celebration of Community Heroes event recognizes the outstanding contributions and accomplishments of individuals, institutions, and organizations that inspire hope and help advance our local community. This year’s honorees are Fay Chew Matsuda, former Director of City Hall Senior Center of Hamilton-Madison House and former Executive Director at MOCA; Eric Y. Ng, former President of Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA); Apex for Youth, who will receive the Organization of the Year Award; and Wells Fargo, who will receive the Institution of the Year Award. This year's event will be hosted on Monday, April 25, 2016.


Taking place at Golden Unicorn Restaurant (18 East Broadway in New York City), the event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm followed by the dinner and awards program at 7:00 pm. Festive attire is encouraged.


“We are honored to celebrate these individuals, organization, and institution—each entity has served this outstanding community in more ways than one. Their examples--unique, distinct, and intentional—have changed thousands of lives,” said MOCA’s President, Nancy Yao Maasbach. MOCA has been a part of the community since it was founded in 1980, and central to its mission is its goal to make Chinese American history accessible to the general public, ranging from scholars to young children, from community members to international tourists. This year, the Celebration is especially meaningful as MOCA prepares to use funds raised to provide community space for Museum visitors to research their ancestry and MOCA’s renowned collections.


The event’s co-chairs are Thomas C. Ahn, Jonathan Chu, June Jee, and Sandra K. Lee.


For information about purchasing tickets and tables to the Celebration of Community Heroes Dinner or purchasing a congratulatory ad, please contact Gee-Wey Yue at or 917.484.4152. For press inquiries, contact Sophie Lo at or 917.484.4156. Please check the museum's website at for updates and information on upcoming events.