This week, I went to a Chinese New Year Banquet held by The Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce (CCC). Casey had late classes that night, so I had ALL the fun by myself. 🙂 I met a lot of cool people and made lots of friends.
I was volunteering for this event. Since I just moved from Provo, this was a great opportunity to get to know people in the community. The ambassadors, the restaurant, and the CCC board members decorated the place with big red lanterns on the ceiling, and tangerines as centerpiece for each table.
Albert (the one looks like Jet Lee) is our trainer, he trained Steve, Wilson, and me on the registration process. Other volunteers help selling the raffle tickets, usher guests to their seats, and escort VIPs to the stage throughout the event.
The welcoming ceremony of this banquet is the lion dance by Belltown Martial Arts team. I didn’t have a chance to go inside to see them, so I followed them to the other side of the restaurant and took lots of fun photos with them. To my surprise, some of the performers were as young as 10. They like to “eat” me with the big lion mouth. 🙂
Followed by the lion dance was the National Anthem sung by Christine Chin, Chrissy is Casey’s law school classmate, she is pretty, smart, and fun. She is also the one told me about this event. J Chrissy didn’t stay for dinner, for she had to leave for a class, so we only had time for one pictures together.
The table next to us had 4 people wearing crowns; they are the winners for the Scholarship for Women Program. Cynthia Vuong is 2011 Miss Seattle Queen, I took several pictures with her, hey, you need to be very brave to stand next to a queen, she is truly beautiful and elegant, all the winners are.
The most exciting part is the raffle drawing. The prizes are great! They included two tickets to see Filipino singer and actress, Lea Salonga, at Snoqualmie Casino; Tulalip Casino Resort with a one-night hotel package and $50 dining certificate; a two night stay at Seattle Westin Hotel; round trip ticket from Seattle to Beijing on Hainan Airlines; and the grand prize is one business-class roundtrip ticket to one of Delta Airline’s international destinations. Interestingly, Mr. Ken Kettler, President of Tulalip Resort & Casino won the Seattle to Beijing ticket, and our emcee, Jennifer. Wow………………
After the event, I went to say hi to the people from Cultural Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle. One of the directors asked me, ” 上面的空氣好嗎？” Thanks to my high heels, I must be 185 cm tall that night. 🙂
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