ASIA Raises Over $42,000 at 2012 Gala and Fundraiser

For Immediate Release
December 18, 2012

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Contact: Deborah Wang;; 330-645-5805

ASIA Raises Over $42,000 at 2012 Gala and Fundraiser

INDEPENDENCE, OH – Community supporters, sponsors, and volunteers helped Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA) raise over $42,000 at its 2012 Gala and Fundraiser on November 2.  Over 120 guests attended the event at the Crowne Plaza Cleveland South for an evening filled with live and silent auctions, cultural performances, and multiethnic catering sourced directly from northeast Ohio’s Asian & Pacific Islander (API) community.

After browsing the silent auction tables during cocktail hour, guests dined on a diverse and delicious spread: Asian greens grown by ASIA’s own HAPI Fresh farmers, Japanese oshitashi and tempura prepared live by Chef Koji Matsumoto, wu dong noodle salad from Burma, lumpia from the Philippines, lamb and vegan curry from Nepal, thousand-flavor sticky rice from Taiwan, spring rolls from Vietnam, and cupcakes prepared in the Hong Kong pastry tradition.

Dinner was followed by an exciting performance by Tyler Powell and Team from The Karate Institute of Mentor, and a rousing live auction led by Bob Hale of Benefit Auction Services.  Bids flew across the room for a ride in the Goodyear Blimp, a Bus Stop Forecast Kids slot on WKYC, and an Overnight Getaway to Sauder Village.  Once the bidding wars were settled, Mr. Hale also inspired the audience to raise over $9,000 during the Fund-a-Need portion of the evening to benefit ASIA’s HAPI Fresh Program, which provides agricultural job training through farming and management education to refugees from Africa, Bhutan, and Burma.

Prior to Fund-a-Need, guests heard from ASIA Program Assistant Ea Hal, who fled violence in Burma to arrive in Cleveland with his family in 2008.  Four years after first attending English and computer skills classes at ASIA, Ea Hal now leads the HAPI Fresh farming initiative, which sold its unique produce at five weekly farmers’ markets throughout Northeast Ohio in 2012.  (Click here to see Ea Hal’s story; click here for the gala event webpage.)

The girls of Paj Tawg Tshiab (Blooming Flower Hmong Dance Group), attired in brilliant traditional dress, closed the night with a charming performance of the native dance of the Hmong, an ethnic group from Laos.

ASIA’s 2012 Gala and Fundraiser was generously sponsored by Gilead Sciences; Akron General Medical Center; Ariel International Center, LLC; Bento Express; County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board; Huntington National Bank; Janet Lee Kemp, MD; KeyBank; Margaret W. Wong & Associates; MetroHealth System; Savile Lane; and Shah Capital Management.  ASIA would like to also thank all live and silent auction donors, as well as the volunteers who donated their time and talents to this event.  Our deepest gratitude to everyone who contributed financially by bidding, donating, or purchasing Heads-or-Tails and raffle tickets.  We could not lift up our families and communities without you.

Thank You to Our Sponsors! Janet Lee Kemp, MD
Gilead Sciences KeyBank
Akron General Medical Center Margaret W. Wong & Associates
Ariel International Center, LLC MetroHealth System
Bento Express Savile Lane
County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board Shah Capital Management
Huntington National Bank
Table Sponsors General Donors Volunteers
Alyssa Naragon Trent & Meghan Brown Oscar Baaye
C.F. & May Chen Chiou S. & Suio L. Chen Robert Behrens
Cleveland Asian Festival Susan L.Z. Cheng Denise Hargrove
Davey Resource Group Steven & Nancy Chuang Rosemary Hickin
Elaine Tso Jon Fiume Hanbyeol Jang
Nhan Tran John Grafton Joelle Lingat
Oscar Baaye Woosong Jun Kelly Le
Unhee Kim Sandy Lin
Community Catering
Timothy Ko Ling Nan
Always Gutom, Always Pinoy Kwang-Cheng & Chung-May Lee Eunice Park
Flavors of India Peter & Mary L. Lee Charlie Parker
HAPI Fresh Farms (ASIA) Jennifer Nagrath Ebony Richmond
Tai Wah Chinese Restaurant Chris & Robin Nau Dana Silverman
Nancy Koo Yao Shen & Cecilia Huang Christa Silverman-Cruz
Yuemei Liang The Refugee Response Ha Tran
Yamin Lwin UHCAN Ohio Deborah Wang
Chef Koji Matsumoto Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio Jon Wang
Tam Nguyen Susan Wong
Bao Vue
Mao Vue
Rui Zhang
Live and Silent Auction Donors CrossFit Akron Office of State Senator Shirley Smith
30th St. Café CrossFit CLE Pacific Steak & Seafood Buffet
Akron Beacon Journal Curiously Whimsical Design Peter Chen
Alyssa Naragon Eunice Park Savile Lane
American Greetings Garden Designs Landscape Sharley Chang
Asian American Bar Association of Ohio Gavin Scott Salon and Spa The Cleveland Browns
BCG & Company Gervasi Vineyard The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort Great Lakes Brewing Company The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
C.F. & May Chen Janet Lee Kemp The J.M. Smucker Company
China Gourmet Laura Fruscella
City of Akron Li Wah WKYC Channel 3
Cleveland Cinemas LoveWhatIDo Photography
Cleveland Public Library Michael Byun
Creations by Arooj Ashraf Office of U.S. Rep. Steven LaTourette


Asian Services In Action
Founded in 1995, Asian Services In Action’s mission is to is to empower and advocate for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders (AAPIs); and to provide AAPIs access to quality, culturally, and linguistically appropriate information and services. Visit to learn more.  Follow ASIA on Facebook and Twitter!