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CPC’s 58th Annual Lunar New Year Benefit Raises $380,000 for Community Services



Date: February 17, 2023

Press Contacts: 

Wayne Ho, President & CEO | (212) 941-0920 x 143 | who@cpc-nyc.org

Alice Du, Director of Communications | (212) 792-4585 | adu@cpc-nyc.org

CPC’s 58th Annual Lunar New Year Benefit

Raises $380,000 For Community Services


New York, NY The Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) celebrated our 58th Annual Lunar New Year Benefit, our largest annual fundraiser, on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at the House of Joy banquet hall in Chinatown. Our benefit successfully raised $380,000, which will go towards supporting our mission to empower and uplift Asian American, immigrant, and low-income communities in New York City by providing them with the tools and resources they need to thrive.


In addition to fundraising, the benefit brought together hundreds of philanthropic, business, and government leaders to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit and honor our 2023 award recipients for their extraordinary contributions and dedication to the community.


"We are thrilled with the outpouring of support from our sponsors, partners, supporters, and friends who joined together once again to celebrate the start of the Lunar New Year with us and help us further our mission," said Wayne Ho, President & CEO of CPC. "We are pleased to honor these exceptional leaders who have made a significant impact on our communities through their dedication, leadership, and generosity. Their contributions are an inspiration to us all and a reminder of the importance of working together to build a better and more equitable future for all New Yorkers."


This year, the Corporate Responsibility Award was presented to Derek Chan, President of Greater Hudson Financial, for his exceptional leadership and commitment to supporting the Asian American communities in New York City. Mr. Chan has been an active supporter of CPC’s mission and a respected leader in the financial services industry. He is committed to using his expertise to deliver comprehensive solutions to clients’ financial needs. Find out more about Mr. Chan.


"For almost 30 years, my team and I have dedicated ourselves to serve the greater Asian American community. As an American born Chinese, my community is my home. Yet, it is also the fastest growing but underserved community nationally. My purpose of building a premier financial services firm is to be able to help families realizing their financial dreams. It is my responsibility to give them the right tools to succeed through education and public services. I am very honored to be the recipient of CPC’s Corporate Responsibility Award this year. I believe the key to growth in our community is by empowering each other and consistently giving back. CPC has so many meaningful programs that provide essential services that are critical to so many families in our community. They also provide a voice for so many new immigrants and families at a time where there needs to be organizations representing our interests. Let us hope to have more corporations join forces with us to advocate for our people because every community deserves more champions!" said Derek Chan, President of Greater Hudson Financial.


The Community Service Award was received by the New York City Child Care Resource & Referral Consortium (NYC CCR&R) for its outstanding efforts to promote and support high-quality early care and education services in the city. Comprising of CPC, Child Development Support Corporation, Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, and Day Care Council of New York, NYC CCR&R is dedicated to improving and increasing access to a variety of early learning programs, such as child care, Head Start, and pre-kindergarten, while ensuring that these services are culturally competent and of the highest quality. Read about their impact here.


“The Day Care Council of New York is honored to join the Chinese-American Planning Council in celebrating Lunar New Year 4721, the Year of the Rabbit,” said Tara N. Gardner, Executive Director of Day Care Council of New York. “With our New York City Child Care Resource and Referral Consortium partners, Committee for Hispanic Children and Families and Child Support Development Corporation, DCCNY and CPC proudly and impactfully worked to stabilize New York City's early care and education community during the pandemic. And the Consortium remains a vital resource for NYC's families and the early care and education providers who support them. We look forward to continuing our collaborative service for many years to come.”


"Congratulations to the Board, Staff of CPC and fellow honorees as we celebrate the 58th Annual Lunar Year Benefit, acknowledging the work you do to address the various needs in the diverse communities of New York City. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous Lunar New Year of the Rabbit,” said Marcia Rowe-Riddick, Executive Director of Child Development Support Corporation.


The CPC Service Star Award was awarded to CPC Queens Services for Families with Special Needs in recognition of its impactful work in enhancing the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. The award recognizes their exceptional work in fostering meaningful connections between people with developmental disabilities and their loved ones, promoting personal growth and well-being, and enabling them to live independently and participate actively in their communities. Learn more about Queens Special Needs.


“CPC Queens Services for Families with Special Needs is honored to receive the CPC Service Star Award. Our program has been offering services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families for over 20 years,” said Jacqueline Fan, Program Director of CPC’s Queens Special Needs. “We are grateful for this recognition which highlights the dedication of our service providers and essential workers in delivering crucial programs, and raises greater awareness of the needs of this vulnerable and underserved community we serve.”


The Lunar New Year Benefit would not have been a success without the generous support of our sponsors and partners, as well as their unwavering commitment to CPC's mission. Their contributions allow us to continue making a difference in the lives of our communities.,


“We are humbled by the support CPC has received from our community. The funds raised through CPC's 58th Annual Lunar New Year Benefit will allow us to expand our programs and services, and provide additional resources and opportunities to underserved New Yorkers. Together, we can help our community members build brighter, more prosperous futures,” said Flora Si, Board Chair of CPC.


“Gotham is proud to be partnering with the Chinese-American Planning Council on The Suffolk at 55 Suffolk Street, as well as 64 Norfolk Street; two new buildings on the Lower East Side that will enrich the neighborhood ascetically, culturally and civically. We salute the efforts of our friends at CPC whose tireless work has improved the lives of so many all over New York City,” said David Picket, President of Gotham Organization, which was a Diamond sponsor of the event.


“This event is a tremendous celebration of the Chinese-American Planning Council’s extraordinary contributions and dedication to the community,” said Ivan Garcia, Senior Public Engagement Manager of DoorDash, a Diamond sponsor of the event. “We’re proud to partner with them as part of our commitment to supporting the organizations making a difference across New York City.”


About the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC):

Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) is a social services organization that creates positive social change. Founded in 1965, CPC is the nation's largest Asian American social services organization and aims to promote the social and economic empowerment of Chinese American, immigrant, and low-income communities of New York City. CPC is the trusted partner to individuals and families striving to achieve goals in their education, family, community, and career.


關於華人策劃協會 (華策會):




El Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) es una organización de servicios sociales que crea un cambio social positivo. Fundada en 1965, CPC es la mayor organización de servicios sociales asiático-americanos del país y su objetivo es promover la capacitación social y económica de las comunidades chino-americanas, inmigrantes y de bajos ingresos de la ciudad de Nueva York. CPC es el socio de confianza de más de 60.000 personas y familias que se esfuerzan por alcanzar objetivos en su educación, familia, comunidad y carrera.


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