CHICAGO (April 1, 2011) – The Chinese American Service League will hold its 22nd Annual Benefit Dinner on May 11, 2011, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Chicago.
The dinner, which will be chaired by Frank M. Clark, Chairman and CEO of ComEd, is expected to draw more than 500 of Chicago’s business, civic and philanthropic leaders The event will celebrate Asian American Heritage Month and raise funds to sustain and drive the comprehensive human services and other programs CASL provides annually for its 17,000 clients in the Chinese community.
The evening kicks off with a cocktail reception featuring hors d’oeuvres prepared by the 72nd class of CASL’s award winning Chef Training Program which trains students in Western continental cuisine and places graduates at Chicago’s fine restaurants, hotels and catering services. Since its inception in 1986, the program has trained nearly 1,300 students.
A four-course culinary experience honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month will be prepared by four of Chicago’s renowned Asian American Chefs. Bill Kim of Urban Belly and Belly Shack will prepare a noodle dish symbolizing longevity as the first course.
The second and third courses will feature entrees by Jesse De Guzman of Sunda New Asian and Tony Hu of Lao You Ju, Lao Beijing, Lao Sze Chuan and Lao Shanghai. The dessert course will be prepared by Jackie Shen of Chicago Cut Steakhouse.
CASL will present its most distinguished honor, the Golden Lion Award, to Raymond J. Spaeth II, retired Lakeside Bank President, for his contributions to significant achievements in the Chinese American community. Spaeth has been a supporter of CASL since its formation.
“Ray Spaeth has an unyielding commitment to the work and sustainability of CASL,” said CASL President and Co-Founder Bernarda Wong. “He became involved from the very start, in 1979, offering us a desk and chair when we visited Lakeside Bank! His years of service as a board volunteer, and the support he has leveraged from Lakeside Bank are key factors in CASL’s ability to connect Chinatown families and individuals of all ages with the vital support they need to flourish physically, economically, mentally and socially.”
The dinner also will include performances by CASL’s Cultural Retention program, a raffle and a silent auction.
“CASL is thrilled to have Frank Clark as chair of this year’s benefit dinner,” Wong said. “We have enjoyed a long history of shared civic involvement, including service on the Chicago 2016 Committee and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s transition team, which is co-chaired by Frank.”
“I am proud to be a part of the difference CASL is making in the Chinese American community,” said Clark. “ComEd has supported CASL for more than 15 years, with great appreciation of the agency’s efficiency in service delivery and its efforts to help strengthen Chicago’s diversity. I look forward to CASL’s growth in the future.”
Event sponsorships are available at the Dragon level of $10,000, Phoenix level of $5,000 and Tiger level of $3,000. All sponsors of this event will receive a table for 10 and multiple branding opportunities. Individual tickets are $350.00. Reservations are due one week prior to the event on May 4.
For more information on sponsorship and ticket reservations, to purchase raffle tickets or to make a gift donation, please contact Bethann Hester at (312) 791-0418 or bethann_hester (at) caslservice.org.
Now in its 32nd year of service, the Chinese American Service League, Inc, a 501(c)(3), is the Midwest’s largest and most comprehensive social service agency of its type. Housed in the architecture award-winning Kam L. Liu Building, CASL’s over 300 dedicated bilingual and bicultural staff and 700 volunteers serve over 17,000 clients annually. CASL has a budget of over $11 million which funds programs that range from job training and child care to financial education and senior health screening. CASL helps families and individuals attain self-sufficiency through services that strengthen their physical, economic and mental well-being. CASL is a United Way partner social service agency located in the heart of Chicago’s Chinatown. (Kam L. Liu Building, 2141 South Tan Court, corner Princeton Avenue). For more information, please contact 312-791-0418 or [email protected]caslservice.org or visit www.caslservice.org.