Chinese American Club Event Raises $20,000

Enjoying the dinner, seated, from left, are Julie Giulioni, Peter Giulioni, Michele Kipke, Clara Lajonchere, Linda Wah and Anna An. Standing, from left, are Jon Primuth, Karin Primuth and Chinese Club President Joe Loo. Photo by John Au, Courtesy South Pasadena Chinese American Club

Last Saturday, the South Pasadena Chinese American Club held its 29th anniversary dinner dance at NBC Seafood Restaurant in Monterey Park.

The event, attended by more than 250 people, raised approximately $20,000 that will go to supporting the club’s community programs.

“We have worked in the South Pasadena community to expand opportunities to understand and celebrate Chinese culture through community service and educational programs,” Club President Joe Loo said in a message in the event’s program.

Some of the club’s recent contributions include a Mandarin Academic Afterschool Program at two elementary schools, an Asian-American film series and a Lunar New Year cultural performance.

Attendees Saturday enjoyed a 10-course Chinese banquet that included lobster.

Tappan Zee and Katy Nielsen, two of the club’s 18 board members, served as masters of ceremonies.

Attending were city council members, school board members and school administrators, including South Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Geoff Yantz.

The MCs thanked this year’s annual dance committee, led by Sulynn Chee, Yuki Cutcheon and Amelia Fong.

Next year’s event, organizers said, will commemorate the Club’s 30th year. It will be held at the City Club in downtown Los Angeles on April 27, 2019.

Seated, from left, are Richard Helgeson, Diane Mahmud, Suzie Abajian, Sean Abajian, Evette Kim, Pauline Schneider and Mayor Richard Schneider. Standing, from left, are Elizabeth Yang, Philip Cheng, City Council Member Robert Joe, SPCC Vice President Yuki Cutcheon, and City Council Member Michael Cacciotti.