“It takes a Village…” this quote has been paraphrased many times and truly reflects the reality of the state of Vancouver Chinatown today. It takes more than one individual to make a difference and to shape and build the legacy we will leave behind for generations to come for Vancouver’s Chinatown. This sense of community ownership was definitely the focus at the annual Vancouver Chinatown Foundation Autumn Gala Event, held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
This was my second time photographing the event and it is always such an honour for me to be a part of building this lasting legacy for Vancouver Chinatown. Growing up in Vancouver, our family ran a business in Chinatown during the ‘80s (what many call its glory days). There is definitely an emotional connection for me to see Chinatown rebuilt into a thriving and economically viable neighbourhood for Vancouver, all the while preserving it’s cultural heritage and impact it has had in Vancouver for so many generations.
This year event planners Bash and Fete planned and executed a lovely evening, filled with beautiful decor elements. I love vintage Asian pieces!
The rock behind this Village is Carol Lee, who is the Chair of the Chinatown Foundation. Without her & her team’s vision, passion, and heart for these projects the beating heart of Chinatown would easily have succumbed to much more gentrification and abandonment.
Entry of the heatable led by Lion dancers.
One of my favourite parts of the evening is always the live auction. Fred Lee does an amazing job at working the room! There was also some very special & heartfelt tributes made to Robert Lee as well for all the philanthropic work he has done in our city.
A huge congratulations to the Foundation for raising over $1.1 million dollars!