Asian American / Asian Research Institute
16th Annual Gala

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017

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

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


 2017 AAARI Annual Gala

Individual Ticket

Non-Member: $150
Complimentary AAARI 2018 Membership

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

Sponsorship Levels

Diamond - $5,000

Free Full Page Advertisement

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 | Pay by Credit Card
Ad Deadline: Nov 17, 2017 | RSVP Deadline: Nov 22, 2017

Special Gala Guest

Kevin D. Kim
Member, CUNY Board of Trustees

2017 Gala Honorees

Leadership Award

Hon. Letitia James
New York City Public Advocate

CUNY Distinguished Asian American
Alumni Award

Kwai Kin (David) Ho
Vice President, 1199SEIU
United Healthcare Workers East

CUNY Thomas Tam Scholarship

Peter Lee
Undergraduate Student, Brooklyn College/CUNY

  Chynn-CUNY Ethics and Morality Essay Contest

Winners & Honorable Mention

2017 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. At the gala we will honor distinguished alumni from The City University of New York, leaders from the community, and student scholarship recipients. Proceeds from the gala go towards our academic publications and public programs such as lectures, annual conference, and student film festival. 

As of Fall 2016, the Asian American representation in CUNY is over 61,200, with more than 5,900 faculty and staff, 4,600 graduate students and 50,700 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.







2017 Annual Banquet

Banquet Program


Silent Auction / Raffle

Table Sponsor

Wen-Parker Logistics

1199SEIU (3)
1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund
Planning Council

Clara Chung & Kevin D. Kim (2)
Municipal Credit Union

Borough of Manhattan CC
Brooklyn College
College of Staten Island
NYC College of Technology

Queensborough CC

Rebecca Moy Hong
Carol Huang
Betty Lee Sung
Pearl Tam
Ron Woo

Special Thanks
Economy Refrigeration
Investors Bank

John Edler
Susan Hom
Lily Hui
Vivivan Louie
Lene Skou
Bernard Tsang

Baruch College
Con Edison

Fuyan Buddhist Institute
Lehman College
Levy Ratner, PC
The Ong Family Foundation
UniPro NY
Yin Shun Foundation

American Museum of
Natural History

American Symphony Orchestra
Antony Wong
Asia Society
Blueman Group
Broadway Comedy Club
Brooklyn Cyclones
Carnegie Hall
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
Corky Lee
Different Roads to Learning
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Guggenheim Museum
Hi Wildflower
Jacques Marchais Museum
of Tibetan Art

Jane Yin
Joyce Moy
Kathy's Design Ltd
Keming Liu
Kramer Portraits

Loretta Chin
NY Giants
NY Jets
NY Red Bulls

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
Pearl Tam
Pilo Arts Salon
Sheryl Choo
Skyscraper Museum
Staten Island Museum
Susan Kim
Tam Wines & Spirits
The New Victory Theater
The Orchestra Now
US Open
William Tam

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Asian American / Asian Research Institute 2018

25 West 43rd Street, Room 1000, New York, NY 10036   
Phone: 212-869-0182 / 0187   
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