(New York, NY - November 19, 2013) Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) celebrated its annual gala last Thursday at Cipriani 42nd Street. The event drew a spirited crowd of over 570 guests and raised over 1.5 million, a Museum record. The evening was a glamorous mixture of New York City's downtown and uptown personalities, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and creative forces. The evening's program opened with remarks by Anla Cheng, Susan Ryan Kessler (Gala Co-Chairs) and Patricia P. Tang (Chair, MOCA Board of Trustees).

Honorees of the Lifetime Achievement Awards included Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (108th Mayor of the City of New York), who was presented his award by Maya Lin (Secretary, MOCA Board of Trustees) and Vera Wang; Pei-Yuan Chia (Chairman, Chia Family Foundation, Inc.), who was presented his award by Victor Menezes (Former Senior Vice Chairman of Citigroup). Honorees of the Legacy Awards included Wang Yannan (President and Director, China Guardian Auctions Co.,Ltd.), who was presented her award by Patricia P. Tang; and Ming Tsai (Celebrity Chef and Host, Simply Ming), who was presented his award by Anla Cheng.

Notable attendees included Arnold Chang, Tom Finklepearl, Betty Liu, Gu Wenda, Carolyn Hsu, John Hatfield, David Henry Hwang, Patricia Harris, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Derek Lam and Jan Schlottmann,Susur Lee, Gayle Ong, Patricia and Tom Shia, Ambassador Guoxiang Sun, Mark di Suvero, Oscar Tang, and BD Wong.

Gala Committee Members in attendance were Sharon Bush, Karen Hsu, Carolyn Hsu-Balcer, Michelle Koo, Derek Lam, Marie and Shau-Wai Lam, Emily and Anthony Limpe, Gwynne and P.H. Tuan, Miranda Wong Tang, Lulu Wang, Vera Wang, Nina and Tim Zagat.

Photographs for media use are available via MOCA and Patrick McMullan.

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, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and 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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