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

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Maranda & Michael Panciro Jiaqi Long, youth pianist from Nanning, China with Boyce & Dan Sher, Dean of the University of Colorado School of Music Dixon & Barbara Galbreath (l) with Krista & Eric Mohr There were many smiles and hugs as Jimmy Yip greeted his guests
(l to r) Jimmy Yip, founder, Pam Churchwell, Jo Kuberry, David Thomson, NYF President, Peg Sherwood and Ann Kirby Jimmy Yip (l) with Evette & Rohn Goldstein Annie & David Langman ( l to r) Linda Yip, founder, Lien Loi, Anne Trujillo, Okie Arnot, Jimmy Yip, founder, Allen Cheng and Mike Kalush
Okie Arnot gracefully models a beautiful pearl and crystal necklace for the Red Envelope raffle Guests arrive for the Nathan Yip 2011 Celebration dressed in stunning Chinese evening attire Gary Ray and Foundation President David Thomson A few of the festive items from the silent auction
Guests visit as the peruse the fabulous selection of silent auction items A look at the colorful and vibrant room at the Cable Center before the Nathan Yip Celebration begins Volunteers Steven Hsu and Ben Cefkin look happy to be helping for the evening Steve Edmonds looks fabulous in his colorful dinner jacket as he looks over the silent auction display
Dave Wedmore and Sharon Webb are dressed for an elegant evening Patti & Rick Shade visit with Mike Kalush Carrie Manns (l) models a special Nathan Yip apron for Steve & Susan Bailey Karen Nakandakare of CH2M Hill and Judge Kerry Hada
Mimi Lai (l), Amuda Mishra and Jennifer Nguyen; these volunteers were assisting with the silent auction Kathy McQuaid (l) with Okie Arnot and board member Agatha Kessler Board member Stephanie Tung models an exquisite jade and ruby necklace that was featured in the live auction Rob Tait & Jessie Alba Tait, left, Diane & Emilio Alba, Jason & Vannessa Wagner
Peichi Ng (l) and Charlene Thai Peichi Ng (l), See Ng, Winnie Ng and Margret Duran The talented young ladies from the National Institute of Flamenco, Albuquerque, NM - Audrey Ng, Madeline Ng, Sevilla Duran and Nadine Coulie Okie Arnot and auctioneer Gary Corbett
Bronson Duran (l) with Pong Ng A couple of the faces from behind the Lion - Zhenda Mu and Serena L'Dara Charles Loi and Lien Loi help with the Nathan Yip aprons which guests can purchase for additional support of the cause Good friends Jill Croteau (l) and Donna Evins
This little dancer watches over the sleeping lion Exciting prizes on display for the Red Envelope raffle Jacky Lam (l) with Zhen Kuan Zhou The dancers from the National Institute of Flamenco warm up for their upcoming performance
The Lion awaits Xuan Hua Ma & Zhen Kuan Zhou (l to r) Martens Tomas, Bruno Gegenschatz, Steve Sackman and Charlotte von Gunten Jeanne Haug (l) and Teresa Healy
Mieko Bailey (l) Lien Loi and Aida Souviron Faye Wilson Tate (l) and Elleana Wilson Tate Anne Trujillo, KMGH 7News anchor, is once again the gala emcee Jeannie Ritter and Judge Kerry Hada assist with the "Eye Dotting Ceremony," a ritual by which a new "Lion" is awakened
A closer view of the beautiful detail from the lion The lion dance begins, to the crowd's delight The lion dance is filled with festive characters and dancers The drummer adds to the drama of the lion dance
The lion is lifted up to reach his lettuce, which is symbolic for prosperity Lions fill the room and delight the guests Salads are delivered to each table for the traditional salad toss Guests at this table wait with anticipation for the salad toss
Emcee Anne Trujillo announces that it is time for the traditional salad toss Guests have some fun as they join together to toss their salad A toast to the Year of the Rabbit, a wonderful dinner and good friends Steven Hsu (l) and Ari Liston, volunteers from the Colorado Chinese Youth Foundation
Falona, Lindsey & Lauryn Glenn Board member Kevin Tung (l) with James Luo Kevin Tung (l) with Linda & Jimmy Yip and James Luo Li Peng, a master Face Change artist, performs at the Nathan Yip Foundation celebration
The audience was amazed at the mystical way in which performer Li Peng's masks changed its color And with the wave of a wand, Li Peng's mask changes again Li Peng amazes the crowd as his mask changes before their eyes The final mask color of Li Peng, Face Change artist, as he walks through the audience
These four adorable and talented dancers perform a Flamenco dance for the crowd Emcee Anne Trujillo introduces 14-year-old Jiaqi Long, youth pianist from Nanning, China Pianist Jiaqi Long plays a beautiful piece as these two young ladies and a room filled with guests listen intently Pianist Jiaqi Long flashes these two young fans a quick glance as he finishes his solo
Li Peng entertains guests a second time with his mysterious magic A few guests are invited to help magician Li Peng with his act President of Summer Scholars Kathleen King shares information about the program with the guests before the Red Envelope raffle Jimmy Yip and Anne Trujillo help this young lady this beautiful necklace, one of the Red Envelope prizes
This young dancer is as beautiful as the pearl & crystal necklace she wears from the Red Envelope raffle Jimmy Yip shows off the final prize for the Red Envelope raffle The winner of the final Red Envelope raffle comes up to claim her prize Co-chair Denise Gliwa says a few words to the guests
Foundation President and co-chair David Thomson speaks to the audience and offers appreciation to supporters Foundation President David Thomson introduces the Nathan Yip Foundation founders, Jimmy & Linda Yip Founders Jimmy & Linda Yip receive a warm welcome and a standing ovation Linda Yip, onstage with Jimmy Yip and Anne Trujillo, shows her heart-felt appreciation to her friends and foundation supporters
Auctioneer Gary Corbett takes over for the live auction with this exquisitely hand-made robe displayed from the balcony Stephanie Tung displays a beautiful jade and ruby necklace as auctioneer Gary Corbett gets the guests excited Mike Kalush, who did the poster & table photos designs, helps Gary Corbett auction off this fun Harry Potter broom signed by Draco Malfoy Allen Cheng (l) with founder Jimmy Yip
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