While Peg and I enjoyed ourselves in Lynnwood, a previous committment, the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation dinner that we had helped plan went on without us. We had donated most of the oral auction prizes. It was nice to see that many of our friends attended the event, even if we didn't.
The hardest part of our planning was the many food items we had to sample before selecting the final menu. Theresa Pan-Hosley, her husband Larry, Dennis Flannigan and his wife, Jayasri, and other members of the board and planning committee were charged with that duty as well. But the six of us took extra care in trying out different dishes. Oh, well . . . it was for a good cause.
The annual Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation dinner was a huge success in both monies raised and people taking part in the festivities. Initial figures show two hundred attendees and nearly twice the revenue of previous events.
The May 6th dinner held at the Ming Palace featured excellent Cantonese courses served family style with appetizers of BBQ pork and egg rolls. Thoughtful entertainment was provided by half a dozen Lincoln High Students who traveled to China in 2016 at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The students sat among the other guests and joined in telling stories, revealing memories, and sampling great tasting food.
A short preview of the KBTC documentary "Of Race and Reconciliation" was shown as well. KBTC will be broadcasting the production on May 25th at 8:00 p.m. The documentary is about Tacoma's expulsion of our Chinese residents in 1885 and the building of the Chinese Reconciliation Park along Tacoma's Schuster Parkway.
The dinner was well received and gave off the feeling of the perfect party. Board President Theresa Pan-Hosley, Greater Tacoma Peace Prize 2016 Laureate said, "Many people didn't want to leave. Everyone was talking, sharing, and laughing."
For more information about the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, please visit their website.