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Immigrant Heritage Awardees Recall Their Journeys

A record number of more than 360 supporters of AIISF came to the Intercontinental Hotel San Francisco on October 1 to celebrate the Immigrant Heritage Awards - AIISF’s annual fundraiser. They enjoyed hearing from the awardees, bidding on live and silent auctions, and winning raffle prizes. Along with short talks from AIISF board and staff, Amy Brees, Angel Island State Park superintendent, presented an update on what is happening on Angel Island and also helped auction a private tour of Alcatraz, where she was superintendent before coming to Angel Island.
 
The common thread in the awardees’ remarks was to celebrate their and their ancestors’ immigrant journeys. Natasha Novosolov and Alexander Novell, members of the Émigré Committee of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, accepted JFCS’s award and spoke of how JFCS had greatly helped in their transition to America, as it has for over 150 years for newcomers from around the world.  California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Kennard spoke of her improbable journey from the jungles of Dutch New Guinea to the Netherlands to college and law school in Southern California and ultimately the California Supreme Court. May Louie accepted the award on behalf of her husband Sinclair and herself, speaking about their emigration from China and Hong Kong, and Sinclair’s time on Angel Island which he relived in a recent visit. Andrew Ly described how he and his family made four attempts to leave Vietnam and finally were successful, ending up in a refugee camp in Malaysia before they came to the United States and built a business from a small coffee shop in the Sunset District into a bakery which employs hundreds of people in the Bay Area, Asia and North America. Finally, Kristi Yamaguchi remarked how her ancestors’ bravery and pioneering spirit helped pave the way for her success, ultimately resulting in an Olympic Gold Medal for her.

Special thanks to emcees Kristen Sze of ABC-7 and Richard Lui of MSNBC, who also served as enthusiastic auctioneers, our volunteers on the raffle, silent and live auction committees, all of our sponsors and in-kind donors.
 

GOLD MOUNTAIN SPONSORS
J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation
Hing Ng Charitable Trust

LEGACY SPONSOR
Gee Family Foundation

HERITAGE SPONSORS
Molly Coye
Laura Lai
Southwest Airlines

GUARDIAN SPONSORS
Asian Americans for Community Involvement
ARG
Anita Chan/Hampson and Evangeline Lum
Chao Suet Foundation and Poon Family Foundation
Henry and Priscilla Der
East West Bank
Heather Fong
Pamela Fong
Thomas and Eva Fong Foundation
Hanson Bridgett LLC
Jewish Family and Children’s Services
Dr. Tae Yun Kim, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions
May and Sinclair Louie
Lawrence Low
Look Lowe Family Trust
Andrew Ly/Sugar Bowl Bakery
Portsmouth Square Garage
Katherine Toy
Dr. Lawrence Tseu
Calvin and Gerrye Wong
Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation

COMMUNITY SPONSORS
 
Ancestry.com
William and Gayle Chan
Founders Management II
Joyce Hsu
Franklin and Pearl Lee
Lawrence Choy Lowe 
Memorial Fund
West Bay Builders, Inc.

RAFFLE SALES COMMITTEE
Maelene Wong , Tammy Wong, Cheryl Wong-Ng - Chairpersons
 
Rose Dong
Mary Gee
Mary Hackenbracht
Muriel Kao
Margaret Lee
Carol Yamaguchi 

SILENT AUCTION COMMITTEE
Carol Fong, Donna Kotake, Kay  Woon - Chairpersons
 
Helen Chew
Sylvia Eng
Ruby Fong
Gerrye Wong 
 
LIVE AUCTION COMMITTEE
Katherine Toy - Chairperson 
Anne Chen
Donna Mar
Sunny Toy
Gerrye Wong 

IN-KIND DONATIONS
ABC Seafood Restaurant
Alcatraz Cruz
Anonymous
Argonaut, A Kimpton Hotel
Asian Art Museum 
Amy Brees/California State Parks
Bridges Restaurant and Bar
Buck's of Woodside
Caprice Restaurant
Cavallo Point, The Lodge 
at the Golden Gate
Chef Chu's
China Bazaar
China Stix
Disneyland
Carol Fong
Pam Fong
Nick Francol/San Simeon State Park
Buck Gee
Golden Gate National Parks
Doris Grover
Half Moon Bay Golf Club
Hillcrest Terrace wines donated by Anna Hackenbracht/David Koo
Hook and Ladder Winey
Image Design and Framing
Intercontinental San Francisco
Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy
The Lodge at Tiburon
Betty Louie
The Melting Pot at Larkspur
Paul Milck
Ming's Restaurant
Monster Cable
Pauline Fong
Leroy & Claudia Quan
Rancho Canada Golf Club
Saddle Creek Resort
San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Opera
Lisa See
Southwest Airlines  
Stanford Court Renaissance Hotel
Sugar Bowl Bakery
Sunol Valley Golf Club
Mary Jane Tom
Eileen Tong
Tommy Toy's Cuisine Chinoise
Trader Vic's
Tulalip Resort Casino & Spa
United Airlines
Vinter's Collective
Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf 
Bert and Barbara Why
Aaron and Maelene Wong
Gerrye Wong
Kristi Yamaguchi
Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation
Caroline Young 
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