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March 6, 2007 > "An Evening in Canton-featuring Master Chef Martin Yan"

"An Evening in Canton-featuring Master Chef Martin Yan"

Imagine a warm spring day that slowly gives way to evening; as people stroll along enjoying the pleasant weather, delightful aromas of exotic foods and the lights and performance of Cantonese Opera (Yuj) beckon. You can easily imagine that this is the old city of Canton (now known as Guangzhou) where the cycle of life has been celebrated for thousands of years and once again, the cold and blustery days of winter have been banished to the far reaches of mountain tops.
In ancient days, Canton served as the capital city for three Chinese dynasties: Nan Yue (South Yue), Nan Han (South Han) and Nanming (South Ming). Located in the middle-south of Guangdong Province, north of the Pearl River Delta, Guangzhou lies close to the South China Sea, Hong Kong, and Macau. Zhujiang (The Pearl River), the third largest river of China, runs through Guangzhou and is navigable to the South China Sea. Situated in such an excellent geographical region, the city is called China's South Gate. Canton's long history and present vigor blends a mixture of new and old, creating the perfect setting for the rich flavors of history and refined cuisine along with the action and energy of an economic resurgence.
Citizens for Better Community (CBC) is borrowing the ambience of Canton for its 15th Annual Spring Celebration fundraiser dinner on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at the Hilton Hotel in Newark. This year's theme, "Evening in Canton," is sure to capture the imagination and flavors of China. Canton, famous for its exotic foods, diversity and Opera is an ancestral home of many Chinese-Americans in San Francisco Bay Area including celebrated Master Chef Martin Yan. Yan Can Cook's renowned cooking-show airs internationally in over 50 countries and CBC is proud and honored to have his support this year. Along with a full schedule of activities and featured speaker Master Chef Martin Yan, CBC will honor its "Citizen of the Year," Thomas Tang and "Volunteer of the Year, Bernadette Chinn.

This elegant dinner gala is CBC's largest annual fundraising event to support local programs such as:

Asian American Donor Program Feed the Homeless
Fremont Libraries Fremont Education Foundation
Tri-City Homeless Coalition Fremont Symphony Orchestra
CBC Youth Internship Program Ohlone College Foundation
Friends of Children with Special Needs Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation
Fremont Chamber of Commerce Gala Olive Festival
Justice for New Americans Chinese Language Schools
Fremont's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Founded in 1992, CBC's mission is "to initiate, sponsor, and promote community events that will affect the well-being of Chinese Americans with emphasis on Education, Health, Business, and Community Involvement." CBC is proud to share its rich culture and heritage by recruiting and promoting Chinese American consciousness in local community.

For more information about this event, please contact Kathy Jang (510) 790-0740 or CBC information can be found at

For sponsorship information, please contact Henry Yin, Fundraiser Co-Chair at 510-676-7139 or e-mail

Dress for An Evening in Canton is Black Tie or Dress Suit for men; long dress or Cheong Sam for women.

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