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April 23, 2013 > Citizens for Better Community honor local warriors

Citizens for Better Community honor local warriors

By Jessica Noel Flohr

Since 1992, Citizens for Better Community (CBC) has been serving the Asian American community in the East Bay. Located in Fremont, CBC is dedicated to improving the lives of Bay Area citizens and aiding other multi-cultural and non-profit organizations. Their vision is to be a "model of excellence in community service by facilitation and motivating Chinese American involvement in the community."

Every year CBC hosts one primary fundraising event, the annual Spring Celebration. Funds from this event are used to sponsor community non-profit organizations such as ABODE Services, Fremont libraries, the Academy of Chinese Performing Arts, Feed the Homeless, Tri-City Health Center, and many more. This year, CBC is holding its 21st annual Spring Celebration with the theme "A Night in Xi'an: Honoring Our Local Warriors." The evening will focus on two community nominated honorees: Steve Cho, for Citizen of the Year award, and Richard Li, for Volunteer of the Year.

This gala event opens with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, awards, and entertainment at 6:30 p.m. Preferred dress is black tie or suit for men, and long dress or traditional Cheong Sam for women. Tickets are available for $88 per person or $800 per table of ten, with an RSVP preferred in advance. CBC expects over 250 attendees at this year's celebration.

CBC's Spring Celebration is considered by many as an annual highlight of cultural and festive activities. Each year, this event is focused on a different city in China; Xi'an, known for its flourishing nightlife, is the city celebrated this year in recognition of Chinese warrior spirit and the current display of China's Terracotta Warriors at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

The night promises to be filled with lively entertainment and sumptuous treats. Previous years have featured martial arts demonstrations, casino games, dragon dances, and prominent Asian American figures such as Martin Yan from Yan Can Cook. Entertainment this year will include a Chinese martial arts performance, Chinese dance, as well as dancing for all attendees. CBC President, Ivy Wu, will speak about the importance of preserving the warrior spirit in the community.

Steve Cho, Citizen of the Year nominee and president of the South Bay Chinese Club, is receiving this award for a second time. Richard Li serves as the vice chair for the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and president of the Milpitas Chamber of Commerce. Both men were nominated by the community for outstanding volunteer and community service.

In addition to food and entertainment, attendees will have an opportunity to become acquainted with non-profit organizations helped by CBC through a non-profit showcase on display throughout the evening. Representatives from non-profit organizations will be present to answer questions about their work.

Few tickets will be available at the door, so be sure to respond in advance. To purchase tickets or find out more information, contact Kathy Jang at (510) 790-0740 or via e-mail at kathyjang25@yahoo.com.

Citizens for Better Community Spring Celebration
Saturday, Apr 27
Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Fremont Marriott
46100 Landing Parkway, Fremont
(510) 790-0740
www.cbcsfbay.org
Tickets: $88

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