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National Pancake Day 2014

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Miss California Crystal Lee with a short stack and bacon.

Miss California 2013 Crystal Lee (aka Miss America 2014 First Runner-Up) made two appearances at two Bay Area IHOP locations, one in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf and the other in South San Francisco near SFO. Crystal spent her time at these locations greeting customers at the door, meeting with customers at their tables, and thanked those that made contributions. Crystal even ate a pancake at the San Francisco location.

Photo of Miss California digging in from her Facebook Fan Page.

Photo of Miss California with a pancake mountain from her Facebook Fan Page.

About National Pancake Day

Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP restaurants have raised $13 million to support charities in the communities in which they operate. On March 4, 2014, guests from around the country will once again celebrate National Pancake Day at IHOP restaurants and enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes. In return for the free pancakes, guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals© or other designated local charities.

Miss California Crystal Lee with IHOP staff members.

Miss California Crystal Lee with IHOP staff members.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations – including all those made on IHOP National Pancake Day – stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org.

 

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The Fillmore Summerfest Kick-Off

Fillmore Summerfest

The Village Project and the Bayview YMCA presented The Fillmore Summerfest Kick-Off entitled “Grillin in the ‘Mo” on Saturday. Village Project founder, Adrian Williams, headed up this gathering at the Hamilton Rec Center Park. This event kick starts the summer of free festivals and events in the Fillmore Jazz District.

The mission statement of the Village Project is “To bring together resources and programs to enhance the economic, educational, social and cultural well being of children. We promote community unity, cultural awareness, connectedness, and engagement amongst diverse populations. Our target demographic resides in undeserved communities such as public and subsidized housing.”

Event activities included three jumper castles, live music entertainment, live DJ, game area for the kids, eating, dancing, and normal fun in the sun. Williams with the help of many sponsors and community partners was able to put together this event and was able to provide a cooked meal to the surrounding community all for free, but donations were encouraged to help with the children’s program. Also free treats for all in the Kids Area with snow cones, cotton candy, and buttered popcorn.

The menu for the grillin’ BBQ event consisted of green tossed salad, potato salad, fruit and veggies, scalloped potatoes, spaghetti, beef or BBQ chicken, and various drinks. For the children, grilled hot dogs and hamburgers were the main staple. Festivities began at Noon and lasted until 5pm. The Village Project would like to thank Episcopal Charities, IF/X Productions, and Kaiser Permanente for supporting the Village Project’s summer camp.

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The Village Project founder dances to music and eats food with guests

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Asian Heritage Street Celebration Volunteer Reception

AHSC Volunteer Reception

After the fun and clean up of the Asian Heritage Street Celebration has come and gone, the Asian Week Foundation appreciated their wonderful volunteers with an enjoyable reception to cap off their yearly event. The Cova Hotel proudly sponsored the venue for the evening as volunteers were able to capture views of the city center from the rooftop of the hotel.

Volunteers were appreciated with delicious food, beer, and wine. Certificates of Congressional Recognition were presented to those that provided specific roles at the festival/community. An annual volunteer raffle ended the program with several prizes.

Volunteers come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. If you are interested in helping out next year, please check out asianfairsf.com

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8th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration Kick-off Party

Asian Heritage Street Celebration at CBS5

CBS5 hosted the 8th Asian Heritage Street Celebration Kick-off Party at the CBS5 studios in downtown SF last Wednesday. SF natives, elected officials, CBS5 employees, and other guests were invited for an evening of eating and mingling to kick off the festive event scheduled for Saturday, May 19th, 2012 from 11am-6pm.

The scheduled street celebration welcomes all to attend to take part in a immersion of Asian culture, food, arts & crafts, and entertainment in the Little Saigon District of SF.

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Reporter Linda Yee emcees the evening

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Ron Longinotti speaks to the guests at the Asian Heritage Street Celebration Kick-Off Party

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KPIX/CBS5 President/GM, Ron Longinotti

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Asian Week Foundation President, Ted Fang

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Ted Fang receives a Certificate of Honor from Phil Ting

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President of the SF Board of Supervisors, David Chiu

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Eric Mar, Ted Fang, Ron Longinotti, David Chiu, Phil Ting (from left to right)

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President of the SFUSD, Norman Yee

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Linda Yee pulls out a raffle prize winner

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Local photographer Frank receives his raffle prize

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards Ceremony 2012

APA Awards 2012

The Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards Ceremony took place at the elegant Herbst Theatre located within the War Memorial Building on Van Ness Avenue on Monday. A huge turnout of guests attended this yearly event that kicks off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in San Francisco. San Francisco May0r Ed Lee made it official in San Francisco by signing a proclamation in the midst of SF politicians, dignitaries, sponsors, and citizens of the city and neighboring cities.

The program started off with a the singing of the National Anthem by the SF Gay Men’s Choir. Emceeing the program was KPIX’s Thuy Vu, who started in the San Francisco’s CBS affiliate as a news anchor/reporter, but now co-hosts CBS San Francisco’s “Eye on the Bay”. The program highlighted many of the local sponsors that made this whole program possible, community leaders that also helped put together the program, various Asian community groups that performed traditional dances, the awards ceremony, and the surprise reveal of a wonderfully made birthday cake for Mayor Ed Lee.

Following the program, a lengthy list of food and drink sponsors hosted tastings from their businesses in the Green Room and the balcony that overlooks Van Ness Ave. and City Hall. More information about the event can be seen at www.apasf.org

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SF Gay Men's Choir sings the National Anthem

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CBS San Francisco's "Eye on the Bay" Thuy Vu emcees the program

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SF Mayor Ed Lee signs the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month proclamation

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Emalyn Lapus receives the Community Leadership Award

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"4C the Power" receives the Community Impact Award

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Cute kid comes out from the center of the group punching and kicking

Cute kid comes out from the center of the group punching and kicking

SF Mayor Ed Lee is surprised with a wonderful birthday cake

SF Mayor Ed Lee is surprised with a wonderful birthday cake

SF Mayor Ed Lee blows out the candles on his cake

SF Mayor Ed Lee blows out the candles on his cake

SF Mayor Ed Lee laughs as he realizes that the candles are "trick candles"

SF Mayor Ed Lee laughs as he realizes that the candles are "trick candles"

SF Mayor Ed Lee takes the first cut into his cake

SF Mayor Ed Lee takes the first cut into his cake

SF Mayor Ed Lee and KPIX's Thuy Vu dance on stage with the performers dressed in traditional Asian ethnic wear

SF Mayor Ed Lee and KPIX's Thuy Vu dance on stage with the performers dressed in traditional Asian ethnic wear

SF Mayor Ed Lee's cake before it is cut and served to APA Awards guests

SF Mayor Ed Lee's cake before it is cut and served to APA Awards guests

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45th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program

Queen Program

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program last night put on it’s 45th Annual Program. This year five lovely ladies competed for the queen title. Miki Fukai, Asaki Osato, Megumi Yoshida, Manami Kidera, and Chihiro Hirai put on a great show at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in Japantown.

Scoring for the competition was broken up into five catagories: Essay (15%), Personal Interview (20%), Introduction Speech (20%), On-Stage Interview (30%), and Talent (15%)

The competition started off with introduction speeches in traditional kimonos, the ladies then sat down to answer five questions with a 4-minute limit, but none of the contestants used up their whole time. The ladies then presented gifts to their sponsors followed up with the talent portion of the program.

Talent portion started with Chihiro Hirai who performed a monologue. Manami Kidera sang a song in Japanese. Asaki Osato danced to her own choreographed dance. Miki Fukai played the trumpet with accompanied music. Megumi Yoshida sang a song in English with an accompanied bass player.

Following the talent portion, some awards were given out and the 2011 Cherry Blossom Queen and her court came up on stage. Queen Jeddie Kawahatsu gave her closing remarks about her court and she thanked them individually.

Lastly, the ladies came out on stage in their evening wear and performed a quick routine before they lined up to have the winners announced. When the names were being called the moment that was unforgettable was when the Queen was to be announced. Asaki Osato was stunned to find out that her name was being called. She was in disbelief. As she was being sashed and crowned she gave out a couple of confused-like grunts as if she couldn’t believe it. This made parts of the audience laugh as the theater was silent with no background music. Everyone could hear her and see her smirks. Just made me laugh inside, but trust me I was trying to keep my composure as a photographer.

Overall, the program was good though this is one of the first pageants that I’ve been to that had less than at least nine contestants. The lighting was a bit disappointing, but then again, this is moreso a movie theater and not really a theater focusing on live performances, though there are performances there sometimes.

Queen Program results for 2012:

Queen: Asaki Osato

1st Princess: Megumi Yoshida

Tomodachi Award Recipient (Miss Congeniality): Miki Fukai

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Miss San Francisco & Miss Golden Gate 2012

Miss San Francisco 2012

Eight young ladies competed at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco for the coveted title of Miss San Francisco and Miss Golden Gate. This year the scholarship pageant had the privilege of having Alissa Anderegg, 2011′s Miss Golden Gate Outstanding Teen, sing the National Anthem to start the program. Emcee for the evening was Nicole Honaker, Miss SF 2010.

The ladies competed in five segments:  Question and Answer, Physical Fitness, Talent, Evening Wear, and Interview (which took place prior to the on stage performance). Special Entertainment was provided by the Shan-Yee Poon Ballet School and the current reigning title holders of Miss SF Outstanding Teen 2012 & Miss Golden Gate Outstanding Teen 2012.

The Miss SF and Miss GG program had the privilege of having visiting delegates from various counties introduce themselves and introductions of the young 2012 San Francisco Princesses. Before the crowning and sashing of the 2012 title holders, the past 2011 title holders gave their farewell speeches. Many thanks go out to 2011′s title holders Miss Crystal Lee, Miss Holly Heiserman, Miss Jasmine Lee, and Miss Alissa Anderegg for their service in the community throughout the past year.

Family and friends cheered in support of their loved ones as the winners were announced and with complete surprise and shock to herself, Miss Vivian Wei was crowned Miss San Francisco 2012 and gave her walk across the stage in awe and happiness.

Congratulations to the following title holders:

Miss San Francisco 2012: Vivian Wei

Miss Golden Gate 2012: Sara Choi

Miss San Francisco Outstanding Teen 2012: Elyse Vincenzi

Miss Golden Gate Outstanding Teen 2012: Grace Lee Grant

Miss San Francisco 1st Runner-Up: Marcy Chun

Miss San Francsico 2nd Runner-Up: Lindsey Nakashima

Miss Congenialilty: Marcy Chun

Miss People’s Choice: Anna Lisa Matias

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Laugh For Lives (a comedy show benefit)

The Asian American Donor Program presented the 5th Laugh For Lives last Friday night, a comedy show benefit at the Palace Fine Arts to help raise money, awareness, and to get people registered in the Bone Marrow Donor Program. The event featured 5 comics; Mark Zhang (guest comic emcee for the evening), Shawn Felipe, KT Tatara, Danny Cho, and Eliot Chang. DJing the evening was DJ RJ “kool raul” with a special appearance from Flower, a donor who was able to reach out and supply bone marrow for her intended recipient.

Throughout the evening, guests were given the opportunity to register to be a bone marrow donor in the lobby of the auditorium. With nearly all of the seats being sold out and being a great turn out, the awareness of this program reached many.

The evening was filled with non-stop laughing that had people at the edge of their seats with jokes from Japanese, Korean and Chinese comedians. Though some of the jokes were dirty, a majority of the audience related to them and had a good time. The attendees ranged in age and so despite some of the off-the-wall jokes, I believe everyone left feeling happy and pleased to support a great cause.

If you would like to know more about the Asian American Donor Program, please visit their website at http://www.aadp.org

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Chinese New Year Community Fair

Chinese New Year Community Fair

The Chinese New Year Community Fair ends the festivities for the two week long stint of CNY celebrations in SF, but of course the new year continues.

The two-day community fair brought in thousands of tourists and locals to San Francisco’s Chinatown offering great deals on products and services. The weather held up this weekend without any rain, until late Sunday evening, but it gave way to having a great time at the fair for all the festivities.

On Washington Street, performers took to the stage to bring smiles, laughter, and amazement to people’s faces. Sunday’s line up included acrobats, dancers, magicians, and a taiko performance. Also taking to the stage were Miss San Francisco Chinatown 2012 and Miss Chinatown 2nd and 3rd Princesses who drew all the raffle tickets for the amazing prizes. This year the Grand Prize winner was present in the crowd and received two round-trip tickets by Southwest Airlines. She was very shocked and happy that she won.

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Gung Hay Fat Choy, Everyone

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Summer Fashion Show presented by Cathay Post

Cathay Post Summer Fashion Show Fundraiser Event 2010 (click here for images)

The Summer Fashion Show presented by the US American Legion Cathay Post #384 took place at New Asia Restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. The event was to help raise funds for the Asian American veterans of Cathay Post. The evening started out with dinner, then throughout dinner there was a fashion show and live entertainment, and the night finished off with a raffle with amazing prizes. After-party concluded at Lot 46 nightclub. Grand Prize for the ultimate raffle will be drawn sometime in August and it will be for a brand new Mercedes Benz.

Featured designers included Victor Tung Couture, Orange Caterpillar Designs, Constance Kim Ng Swimwear, and Starlite Jewelry. The event was hosted by Em Zhu and emcees for the evening were Ken Mai and Snow Yuan. The night’s featured entertainers included Dao Tran, Hyde Zhan, Dennis Woo, Mindeey, Andy Ng, and much more. Special thanks go out to all the models and Miller Brewing Company for sponsoring the drinks for the evening.

The meal was great, the fashion show was great, and the entertainment was wonderful. For more information on the designers please feel free to leave me a message.

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