Monday, December 10, 2012

Good times never seemed so good

Thank you for being part of the CASL-AB Winter Benefit! The event was truly a success because of all of you! We had 100+ attendees and raised over $4000! Your contributions and tremendous support will provide direct funding for a variety of CASL and CASL-AB programs.

Blokes & Birds provided an amazing venue for our event and was very generous in donating a portion of the food and drinks!  We are grateful to Kenny Ng and hope to have more partnership events with his restaurants in the future - Blokes & Birds in Wrigleyville and Sakura in Chinatown.

Ernie Wong, Chair of CASL's Governing Board (left), was our special guest and opened the evening with our very own Jing Cheng, AB Chair (center right). We appreciate him spending the entire evening mingling with our attendees and entertaining us with his name game dollar bill bets!

While the crowd was enjoying the warmth of good company, things were really heating up with some of the more popular silent auction items - Gibsons Steak House, Urban Oasis, Sullivan's Steak House and Chicago Neighborhoods Taste Fest - and many people walked away with incredible deals!



A special thank you to CASL staff, Pingjing Zou (left), Stacey Oquendo (center), and Joyce Richter (right), who helped us with check-in and money management all evening, allowing the Executive members to mix and mingle.

Also a special shout out to our community counterparts, members from Ascene, TAP-Chicago, Project: VISIONKACS YLB, and NAAAP-Chicago. Thanks for stopping by and sharing the fun with us!  




Saved the BIGGEST thanks for last! Thank you to AB Fundraising Co-chairs Karen Ng (left) and James Liu for putting together such an awesome event! 

Recognizing our MVV (most valuable volunteer), Cathy Tang, for having attended the most CASL-AB events! Your big heart won you a surPRIZE!

And of course, our evening ended with tried and true karaoke. Membership co-chairs Gabriel Wong and Ron Chan with owner of Tamarind, Paul Ko (left), and Kenny Ng (right), performed a pretty fantastic rendition of "Sweet Caroline".