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January 29, 2011 - Nathan Yip Foundations 2011 Year of the Rabbit

What: Nathan Yip Foundation 8th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

Where: The Cable Center DU Campus

When: Saturday, January 29, 2011

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Beneficiary: The education of underprivileged and impoverished children and the Summer Scholars

EMCEE: Anne Trujillo, KMGH 7News anchor

Founders: Jimmy & Linda Yip

Co-Chair(s): David Thomson and Denise Gliwa

President(s): David Thomson

Speaker: David Thomson, Linda & Jimmy Yip

Catering: Pho Fusion Asian

Entertainment: National Institute of Flamenco, Albuquerque, NM; Audrey Ng, Madeline Ng, Nadine Coulie, Sevilla Duran. Li Peng -Traditional Sichuan Bian Lian Face Change and Magic

Music: Jiaqi Long - Youth pianist from Nanning, China

Sponsors: CORPORATE AND INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS: CH2M Hill, Denise & Kevin Gliwa, Dr. Larry & Cynthia Chan, Eric Mohr, Inc., Fentress Architects, Gayle & Gary Ray, Husen Tanurahardja & Sri Redjeki, Keller Williams Realty – Colorado Region, LLC, Lee-Stahlgren Charitable Fund, Linda & Jimmy Yip, Mark & Margaret Berzins, Michael & Maranda Panciro, Next Generation Networks, Inc., Omnivest Financial Services Network, Inc., Peliton Benefits, Peliton HR, Peliton Insurance, Robert E. & Anne T. Sneed Family Foundation, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP, R.V. & Mieko N. Bailey, Stephanie & Kevin Tung, Tim & Libby Brown Foundation, Wai-Pong & Pei-Chi Ng, Xuan Hua Ma & Zhen Kuan Zhou

Auctioneer: Gary Corbett

Quote of the evening: "When I think of the Yip Foundation, I get butterflies in my heart" Gary Corbett, borrowing the words of his 4-yr.-old daughter

Menu: Traditional New Year’s salad toss | cornish game hen | butterflied garlic shrimp | vegetable noodle stir fry | sautéed beef | vegetable fried rice l sesame balls with sweet mung bean filling

Attendance: 400

Attire: Chinese Attire or Formal Casual

Special Thanks: Auction & Event Solutions- silent auction, Dan Sher- Dean of the University of Colorado School of Music, Denise Gliwa - Media & PR, Eddie Huang - gala invitation, program, & promotional design, Jay Mills - Jay’s Valet, LLC, Li Peng - Face Change & Magic, Liquid Inc - website hosting & design, Michael & Maranda Panciro - wine for corporate tables, Michael Kalush - poster & table photos design & display, Mike Kalush - Foundation video & camera equipment, National Institute of Flamenco, NM - Flamenco Dance, Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu School - Lion Dance, The Cable Center & staff

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Vegetable egg rolls | fresh shrimp spring rolls | chicken dumplings | firecracker shrimp


Board of Directors: David Thomson, Gerry Miale, Denise Gliwa, Agatha Kessler, Ann Kirby, Anne Sneed, Kevin Tung, Dr. Larry Chan, Mike Kalush, Sharon Scott, Stephanie Tung

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Rommes

 Linda Yip, onstage with Jimmy Yip and Anne Trujillo, shows her heart-felt appreciation to her friends and foundation supporters
Linda Yip, onstage with Jimmy Yip and Anne Trujillo, shows her heart-felt appreciation to her friends and foundation supporters


For the Nathan Yip Foundation, the Chinese New Year - the Year of the Rabbit - means another  exciting and successful year ahead for this spirited organization. On Saturday, January 29, they rang in the Chinese New Year with their 8th Annual Chinese New Year Gala, held at the Cable Center DU Center. This year's celebration was again a sold out event, with over 400 guests, volunteers and supporters attending. And as always, it was a spectacular evening with guests dressed in some very colorful and elegant Chinese attire. 


Founders Jimmy and Linda Yip greeted everyone as they arrived with a smile and a hug. It is apparent that their hearts are filled with gratitude and love for all those who came to share this evening with them. Their son Nathan Yip died at the age of 19 in a tragic accident. His life may have been short, but his dreams were big. Jimmy and Linda Yip  carry on their son's dream with love and passion. As one volunteer and guest at the gala said, "Jimmy and Linda live the values of their mission." 


The evening began with a silent auction, consisting of some of the most incredible items, many which reflect the interesting Chinese culture. The celebratory dinner featured a traditional Chinese New Year's menu, prepared and served by Pho Fusion Asian. Dinner was preceded with a grand Lion Dance. The Lion Dance is always a crowd favorite as the lions dance through the crowd to get to the lettuce which is symbolic for prosperity. And after the tossing of the salad, guests settled down to enjoy their dinner. 


The program continued with some entertainment starting with a master Face Changer. The audience was absolutely delighted as Li Peng changed the color and design of his mask with the simple wave of an umbrella or wand. It is said that the art is so secret, that foreigners are not allowed to learn this art form. This was followed by a foursome of adorable young ladies from the National Institute of Flamenco in Albuquerque, NM. 14-year-old pianist Jiaqi Long from Nanning, China performed an amazing piece, followed by a magic act from Li Peng. It was quite a wonderful evening of entertainment. 


Anne Trujillo from 7News was back as the gracious gala emcee. She gave the introduction for Kathleen King, President of Summer Scholars, this year's recipient of the Red Envelope proceeds. Also sharing a few words of appreciation were co-chairs Denise Gliwa and President David Thomson.  David had the honor of welcoming Founders Jimmy and Linda Yip on stage, who received a heart-felt welcome and standing ovation. It was a touching moment as Linda Yip expressed her appreciation to the crowd.


The evening wrapped up with a live auction filled with more fabulous items and auctioned off in the friendly and fun style of auctioneer Gary Corbett.


As expressed from the Nathan Yip Foundation, small steps toward a better world for all children--this year's gala continues to make those small steps seem bigger and brighter as they strive to bring education, hope and love to many underprivileged children around the world. 


The Nathan Yip Foundation is a 100% volunteer organization. Since 2002, it is the volunteers who work to promote and raise funds for the Foundation. The gala is one of their major fundraising events and helps to continue the mission.


The Foundation’s mission is to keep the spirit and passion of Nathan Yip alive by reaching around the world to underprivileged and impoverished children, thereby enriching their lives by providing schools, education and ongoing support. This year, the Nathan Yip Foundation selected Summer Scholars as the beneficiary, an innovative, community-based youth development initiative to promote literacy and academic success among disadvantaged elementary students in Denver Public Schools.  The purpose of Summer Scholars is to equip low-income, academically struggling elementary students with the skills necessary to attain academic success.  Year-round programming offered in the summer and after-school hours builds students’ literacy and social skills.  The Nathan Yip Foundation is proud to join Summer Scholars in their work to support youth in Colorado. 


From the mountainous villages of China, to rural Mexico and Africa, to its home state of Colorado, the Nathan Yip Foundation has been making a difference in the lives of children.  In China, the Foundation built, funds and continuously supports six schools (the seventh is under construction) and two orphanages.  The Foundation also built a dormitory in Loreto, Baja Mexico, and supports an orphanage in Juarez, Mexico, as well as various educational projects in Africa.  


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