Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Joy Luck Palace, 98 Mott Street, NYC


[New York, NY] March 6, 2017 — The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is pleased to announce the honorees for the Sixth Annual Celebration of Community Heroes dinner. The Celebration of Community Heroes event recognizes the outstanding contributions and accomplishments of individuals, families, institutions, and organizations that inspire hope and help advance our local community. This year’s honorees are Glenn Lau-Kee, Partner, Kee & Lau-Kee, PLCC; Chinatown Ice Cream Factory; Wing on Wo & Co.; and First American International Bank (FAIB).


Taking place at Joy Luck Palace (98 Mott Street 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 so pleased to honor these extraordinary heroes—each honoree has served our beloved community in more ways than one. Their examples—unique, distinct, and intentional—have changed thousands of lives. Through these honorees, we applaud and celebrate their innovation, generational impact, and love of community,” 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. MOCA will also partner with local schools to conduct an essay competition. Respondents will answer the question: “What makes a hero?”


The event’s co-chairs are Thomas C. Ahn, Jonathan Chu, Christina Ho, and June Jee.


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 events@mocanyc.org or 917.484.4152. For press inquiries, contact Sophie Lo at press@mocanyc.org or 917.484.4156. Please check the museum's website at www.mocanyc.org for updates and information on upcoming events. Click here to purchase tickets