Museum of Chinese in America Honors Titans and Tastemakers at Annual Legacy Awards 2013

[New York, NY – November 5, 2013] – The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is pleased to announce the program for the Annual Legacy Awards Dinner. The theme of this year’s gala is a celebration of Titans and Tastemakers in culture, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship. Honorees of MOCA’s Lifetime Achievement Awards are Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (108th Mayor of the City of New York) and Pei-Yuan Chia (Chairman, Chia Family Foundation, Inc.). Honorees of MOCA’s Legacy Awards are Ming Tsai (Celebrity Chef and Host, Simply Ming) and Wang Yannan (Director and President, China Guardian Auctions Co., Ltd.). The evening’s emcees are playwright David Henry Hwang and TV anchor Betty Liu.


The Gala Co-Chairs are Anla Cheng and Susan Ryan Kessler.


Taking place at Cipriani 42nd Street (110 East 42nd Street in Manhattan), the event begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 pm, followed by the dinner and awards program at 7:30 pm. Attire is formal black tie, festive Chinese dress optional. The dinner menu will feature a special culinary creation by internationally acclaimed chef Susur Lee. There will be a featured performance by Le Zhang and Huang Ruo (Ensemble FIRE). A live auction will also take place during the dinner.


Special guests for the evening are comprised of members of the Gala Committee, including Sharon Bush, The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, Carolyn Hsu, Harold Koda, Alan Kornberg, Derek Lam, Maya Lin, Carrie Rosten, Kamuti Kiteme, Calvin Tsao, Vera Wang, and Nina and Tim Zagat.


Also in attendance will be representatives from Bloomberg Philanthropies; Blackstone Charitable Group; Columbus Hill Capital Management; Ford Foundation; The Northern Trust Company; Pfizer; and Citibank.


The official media sponsors of the Gala are The New York Observer and YUE Magazine.


Individual tickets to the event are $1,000 and $2,500. Table purchases range from $10,000 to $100,000. For information about purchasing tickets and tables to the Annual Legacy Awards Dinner, please contact Jenny Liao at 917.484.4152 or email For updates, please visit the MOCA website.

About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)


MOCA’s mission is to celebrate the living history of the Chinese experience in America, to inspire our diverse communities to contribute to America’s evolving cultural narrative and civil society, and to empower and bridge our communities across generations, ethnicities and geography through our dynamic stories.


MOCA is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution that presents the living history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of Chinese Americans through exhibitions, educational services and public programs. It began in 1980 as the community-based New York Chinatown History Project founded by community and student activists led by historian John Kuo Wei Tchen and Charles Lai. It has since grown to encompass the stories and journeys of the many communities of Chinese America, both in the New York Metro area and across the U.S., including new immigrants and established multi-generation families.


Since late 2009, when MOCA moved into its new space, designed by Maya Lin and located at the crossroads of Soho and Chinatown, its exhibitions, programs and audiences have grown in size and scope. This was made possible by a unique public/private partnership between collaborative government efforts to rebuild Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11 and MOCA’s growing community of donors led by its Board of Trustees. Currently, MOCA’s family consists of its many visitors, members, scholars, artists, activists, and families with young children as well as a growing base of young professionals, business leaders and entrepreneurs.
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Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Sunday – 11am-6pm
Thursday – 11am-9pm
Target Free Thursdays: Free gallery admission is through the generosity of Target, with additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


General Admission: $10
Seniors (65+ with ID) and Students (w/school ID): $5
Children under 12 in groups less than 8: Free
MOCA Members: Free

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