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Postponed: Gala 2020 | In Celebration of Family

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


March 11, 2020

Dear Supporters,

The board of directors of CHSA, in consultation with government advisories and community supporters, has made the difficult decision to postpone its 2020 Gala in order to minimize any spread of COVID-19 in and amongst our community, friends, and supporters. This decision is not made lightly given the significant efforts that have already been made to put on this wonderful event to showcase CHSA’s role in the community. But the well-being of San Francisco and its residents is our priority, as it should be everyone who calls this city home.


The show will go on, but maybe a little delayed. We are currently in discussions with our partners about finding a new date for our Gala, so please be on the look-out for a refreshed date for your calendar. For those who have pledged, sent in your donations or purchased ticket(s), these can be applied to a future date or refunded.


In the meantime, be safe and look out for the vulnerable members of your community who may need medical attention.


Thank you again for your support of CHSA, and we look forward to seeing you soon.



Doug Chan, Board President

Gorretti Lui, Gala Co-Chair

Jane Chin, Gala Co-Chair

Pam Wong, Interim Executive Director

CHSA’s 2020 Gala | In Celebration of Family 

Join us for a spectacular evening to honor tradition, celebrate your family, and hear the stories of some of the country’s most illustrious Chinese American families. A benefit for the Chinese Historical Society of America, this year’s gala promises to be unforgettable.



Fong Family

Laurene Wu & Charles McClain


Buck Gee & Mary Hackenbracht

Lui Foundation


Lawrence & Ruth Chu

DLA Piper, LLP

Melvin Wong

Connie Young Yu


Doug Chan & Eriko Doi

Chao Suet Foundation

Friends of Roots

Alvin Lau

Jeanie Lee & Alfred Lam

Poon Foundation

Robert J. Louie Memorial Fund

Rose Pak Community Fund

Austin & Vanita Louie, Rotary Club SF Chinatown

Gerrye Wong, Chinese Historical and Cultural Project





Gorretti Lui & Jane Chin, Co-Chairs • Janet Lee Chen • Jeanie Lee • Vanita Louie • Cally Wong • Gerrye Wong


6 pm Reception & Night Market

Enjoy drinks, mingle, and browse through the CHSA Night Market for treasures to add to your personal collection, books and other goods celebrating culture and heritage. Jazz duo Francis Wong and Karl Evangelista perform.

Kristen Jon Lawrence

7 pm Dinner & Program

Emcee Kristen Sze, ABC7 | KGO-TV.

Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award to Jon M. Chu, film director of “Crazy Rich Asians” and the upcoming “In the Heights.” Pioneer in Entrepreneurship Award to his father, Chef Lawrence Chu.

Phil & Sarah Choy Community Service Award to The Fong Family: Business and community leader Ronald Fong and his sons Rodney Fong, President & CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and independent film director Barre Fong.


Entertainment by Maddie B. Take home a special edition gift by designer Mulan Leong-Suzuki.

Black tie optional. Cash bar. Purchased tickets will be available at check in. Program subject to change. 


ANCESTRY SPONSORS • Fong Family • Laurene Wu & Charles McClain

BENEVOLENT SPONSORS • Buck Gee & Mary Hackenbracht • Lui Foundation

FAMILY ASSOCIATION SPONSORS • Doug Chan & Eriko Doi • Lawrence & Ruth Chu • DLA Piper, LLP • Friends of Roots • Alvin Lau • Jeanie Lee & Alfred Lam • Austin & Vanita Louie, Rotary Club SF Chinatown • Connie Young Yu

To become a sponsor, email gala(at)chsa.org.

Black tie optional. Program subject to change.

The Chinese Historical Society of America is a nonprofit educational 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.

Advertising Opportunities
Market your business or send a congratulatory message to the awardees by publishing an ad in the CHSA Gala program booklet. Download our Ad Form for complete details.

Media Sponsors

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 (2020 CHSA Gala Sponsorship PDF)

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


March 28
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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