[New York, NY – November 18, 2015] – The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) celebrated its 2015 Legacy Awards Gala last night at The Pierre, paying tribute to Benefactors and Builders for creating foundations for a better world, and celebrating their outstanding achievements and contributions to the ongoing legacy of Chinese in America. Patricia Tang, MOCA Co-Chair presented the MOCA Legacy Award to The Starr Foundation and one of its first scholarship recipients Savio Tung, Chief Investment Officer of Investcorp. Playwright David Henry Hwang presented the MOCA Lifetime Achievement Award to Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong-born, American actress who played a pivotal role in the acceptance of actors of Asian ancestry in major Hollywood film roles. Li Chung Pei of Pei Partnership presented the MOCA Lifetime Achievement Award to William C. Louie, Founding Design Partner of the worldwide architectural firm, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.


In recognition of MOCA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Nancy Kwan, November 18, 2015 has been designated Nancy Kwan Day at MOCA. Admission is free. William C. Louie Day was held on October 25, 2015.


The evening’s Masters of Ceremony, CNBC’s FastMoney and Options Action host, Melissa Lee, and actor, BD Wong welcomed a crowd of over 350 guests, and were joined on stage by entertainers, Randall Eng, hailed as “one of the most brilliant young composers of his generation” by New Music Connoisseur, and Joyous String Quartet, possibly one of the youngest professional quartets to date, member’s age ranging between eight and ten years old, and having performed for NBC’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, Korea’s SBS Star King, Hunan TV’s Day Day Up Show, and in esteemed venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.


Notable attendees included Michelle Kwan and Clay Pell, Jennifer 8 Lee, Jennifer Lim, Maya Lin, Morris Vogel, and Wen Zhou.


Gala Committee Members in attendance included Dr. James Chang, Anla Cheng and Mark Kingdon, Stanley Chiu and Kathryn Stallings, Chu Enterprises, Kohn Pedersen and Fox Associates, Michelle Koo Hayashi, Caroline Hyman, June Jee, Sandra K. Lee and Arnold Kawano, Maya Lin and Daniel Wolf, Richard Kibbe & Orbe LLP, and Ted and Clara Wang.


With over $800,000 raised at the 2015 Legacy Awards Gala, the Museum of Chinese in America is excited to continue the important work of telling the untold stories in the making of America.


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