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Gala 2019 | The Past is Prologue: CHSA on the Move

March 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

CHSA 2019 Gala: The Past is Prologue: CHSA on the Move

CHSA’s 2019 Gala | The Past is Prologue: CHSA on the Move
Friday, March 15, 2019 at Hyatt Regency
5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco

Black Tie Optional

6pm Reception & Silent Auction
7pm Dinner & Program

Special Recognition:
The Honorable Willie L. Brown Jr.

Phil & Sarah Choy Community Service Award:
Janet Lee Chen

Ben Fong-Torres

Gala Tickets $250
CHSA Members $225

RSVP by March 1st March 8th

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Special Thanks to our Gala Sponsors

Ed & Janet Chen
Buck Gee & Mary Hackenbracht
Charles McClain & Laurene Wu McClain
Hoyt Zia & Leigh-Ann Miyasato
Jane Chin & James Wong
Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
Lui Foundation
Perkins Coie LLP
Connie Young Yu

2019 Gala Host Committee

Buck Gee
Fred Lau
Sandra Lee
David Lei
Gerrye Wong
Frank Wu
Laurene Wu McClain
Norman Yee
Connie Young Yu
Helen Zia

Special thanks to our Gala Auction & Night Market Donors >

Join us at this special benefit for the Chinese Historical Society of America, an institution dedicated to preserving Chinese American history and telling stories to enlighten a new generation. Located in San Francisco’s Chinatown on Clay Street, CHSA’s Museum and Learning Center showcases the social, cultural and political history and contributions of the Chinese in America.

6 pm Reception

Come early for live jazz by Francis Wong and a Silent Auction, featuring Chinese American genealogists, restaurateurs, artists, designers, authors, and entrepreneurs. Featured items include an original “Joy Luck Club” movie poster from costume designer Lydia Tanji, Bruce Lee memorabilia, and artwork from Leon Sun. Fashion items include a wide selection of vintage qipao and beaded handbags. Other popular items are a group ride on the San Francisco Fire Department’s fireboat, a three-hour Photobooth session, “Soul Side of Town” double vinyl album autographed by all the current members of Tower of Power, and handmade Cuban cigars in a humidor box.

7 pm Dinner & Program

Master of Ceremonies Ben Fong-Torres (Rolling Stone magazine, Chinese New Year Parade, East West newspaper) will kick off the celebration by performing some of his favorite classic tunes with a live band. Hear about the latest projects showcasing his remarkable bicultural life. You won’t want to miss his rendition of one of the most defining songs of the Summer of Love.


We will be paying Special Recognition to The Honorable Willie L. Brown Jr., who, as Mayor of San Francisco, supported CHSA’s acquisition of the historic building that would become the museum welcoming thousands of visitors a year. His groundbreaking appointments of Chinese Americans included Fred Lau as Chief of Police, Ed Lee as City Purchaser (on the road to becoming mayor), and Gorretti Lui to the Board of Trustees of the Fine Arts Museums.


Community volunteer Janet Lee Chen will receive the 2019 Phil & Sarah Choy Community Service Award for her contributions to children, youth and senior groups, creating a culture of philanthropy and volunteerism.


9 pm Dessert

Enjoy your dessert and coffee/tea while staff rings you up for your auction winnings. Everyone goes home with a collectible souvenir to commemorate the event.

Tickets will be available at registration. Black tie optional. Cash bar. Reserved seating at dinner. Sponsorships available at gala@chsa.org. All purchases are non-refundable.

Sponsorship Opportunities
For our sponsors, this event offers, among other benefits, a setting in front of up to 400 attendees to celebrate and support CHSA’s mission to illuminate the pioneer past, inform the present while looking forward.

Since CHSA’s founding 56 years ago, we have remained committed to telling the story of the Chinese diaspora, both in San Francisco and in the United States, and how today’s Chinese America continues to shape American life in this century. Your generous support makes possible our telling powerful stories that can inspire current and future generations. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please email gala@chsa.org
Download our Sponsorship Benefits and Form (pdf)

Can’t make it this year, or wish to make an additional donation to support CHSA? Donate to CHSA Museum here


March 15, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111 United States