Asian American / Asian Research Institute
15th Annual Gala

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016

Time: 6:30PM to 9:30PM
Program will begin promptly at 7PM!

Place: Jing Fong Restaurant
20 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10013


 2016 AAARI Annual Gala

Outstanding Asian American Alumni


Individual Ticket

Non-Member: $150
Complimentary AAARI 2017 Membership

Member: $100 | Senior (65+): $85 | Student: $50

Table of Ten

Diamond - $5,000

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Ruby - $3,000 Free Half Page Advertisement
Pearl - $2,000

Free Quarter Page Advertisement

Jade - $1,500

Free 1/8 Page Advertisement

RSVP & Ad Form
Ad Deadline: Nov 18, 2016 | RSVP Deadline: Dec 2, 2016

2016 Gala Honorees

Leadership Award

Doris Ling-Cohan
Justice, New York State Supreme Court

CUNY Distinguished Asian American
Alumni Award

Husam Ahmad
Chairman & CEO, HAKS


CUNY Thomas Tam Scholarship

Kevin Park
Undergraduate Student, Hunter College/CUNY

  CUNY Thomas Tam Honorable Mention

Francesco Asano
Undergraduate Student, Brooklyn College/CUNY

  Chynn-CUNY Ethics and Morality Essay Contest

Winners & Honorable Mention

2016 Gala Emcee

Ernabel Demillo
Host & Producer, Asian American Life

AAARI's Annual Gala is attended by 450+ Asian and non-Asian academic, business, civic and community leaders, faculty, staff and students. As of Fall 2015, the Asian American representation in CUNY is over 60,000, with more than 5,800 faculty and staff, 4,400 graduate students and 49,700 undergraduates of Asian heritage. There are tens of thousands of Asian American CUNY alumni working and living throughout New York and the country. AAARI engages the Asian American community within CUNY, New York City and beyond.

Benefits of Supporting the AAARI Annual Gala

1. Exposure to 450+ attendees at the Gala - printed program acknowledgements distributed to attendees who represent not just themselves but many other organizations. Additional programs will also be distributed at upcoming AAARI events throughout the Spring semester.


2. Table sponsors are listed on AAARI’s website which reaches thousands of faculty, staff and students within CUNY, and academic, business, civic and community leaders and organizations outside of CUNY.


3. The Gala receives extensive coverage in the Asian American ethnic press.







2016 Annual Banquet

Banquet Program


Silent Auction / Raffle

Table Sponsor

City University of New York
Wen-Parker Logistics



Planning Council

CUNY Citizenship Now

Baruch College
Borough of Manhattan CC
Brooklyn College

College of Staten Island
Kingsborough CC
LaGuardia CC
Medgar Evers College
NYC College of Technology
Queensborough CC

Dharma Path
Carol Huang
Betty Lee Sung
Pearl Tam

Bronx CC
Chinatown Partnership
Con Edison

CUNY Research Foundation
Hostos CC
Hunter College
Ronald Fatoullah & Associates
Mannings Pharmacy
NY Community Bank
Taylor Zhou
Weissman Center for
International Business

Special Thanks
Susan Hom
JWP Engineering, PC
Angelina Lee
Andrea Louie
Ong Family Foundation
UTC Associates
Kam Wong


American Museum of
Natural History

Antony Wong 
Asia Society
Betty Lee Sung
Broadway Comedy Club
Brooklyn Cyclones
Jacques Marchais Museum
of Tibetan Arts

Japan Society
Joyce Moy
Julie Scelfo
Kathy's Design Ltd
Kramer Portraits
Lia Schorr Skin Care

May Ying Chen
Museum of Jewish Heritage
NY Giants
NY Jets
NY Red Bulls
NY Transit Museum
Pilo Arts Salon
Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Times Square

Russell Leong
Russell Sarder

Shake Shack
Skyscraper Museum
Susan Kim
Tanger Outlets
The New Victory Theater
US Open

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