Toronto gears up for Dragon Ball

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By NA LI in Toronto re­nali@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

The Yee Hong Com­mu­nity Well­ness Foun­da­tion started the count­down for its 27th Dragon Ball at the BMO In­sti­tute for Learn­ing.

The Dragon Ball is one of the most an­tic­i­pated and high-pro­file Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tions in Canada. Pre­sented by BMO Fi­nan­cial Group, the event will take place on Satur­day, Feb 6, at the Metro Toronto Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, with more than 1,000 guests ex­pected.

“Dragon Ball is more than just a fundrais­ing gala; our guests will be fully im­mersed in Chi­nese cul­ture and New Year fes­tiv­i­ties,” Stephen Siu, pres­i­dent of the Yee Hong foun­da­tion, an­nounced on Dec 4 at the launch cer­e­mony.

2016 will be the Year of the Mon­key, and the gala will fea­ture one of the most pop­u­lar clas­si­cal Chi­nese leg­ends, Jour­ney­totheWest with the fig­ure of a “Mon­key King” on stage. The per­for­mance show­cases a col­lab­o­ra­tion of dance and mar­tial arts with colour­ful chore­og­ra­phy, cos­tumes and mu­sic com­po­si­tion, per­formed by the artists from the Chi­nese Col­lec­tive Arts As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Dragon Ball will also of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of food and drinks. In line with the Mon­key King leg­end of “Steal­ing the Peaches of Im­mor­tal­ity”, Crown Jewel will pro­duce a huge peach with many small dim sum peaches in­side.

Be­side the tra­di­tional dragon and lion dances, the open­ing per­for­mance will fea­ture a Chi­nese folk dance, ti­tled Qing Hua Ci (blue­and­porce­lain). In ad­di­tion, a mini Chi­nese shadow pup­pet show will be held dur­ing the re­cep­tion.

The funds raised will sup­port Yee Hong’s care for se­niors of dif­fer­ent eth­nic back­grounds in the area. Yee Hong helps se­niors lead dig­ni­fied, in­de­pen­dent and fulfi lives through its four longterm care homes in Scar­bor­ough, Markham and Mis­sis­sauga; se­nior hous­ing and a range of com­mu­nity pro­grams and ser­vices, ful­fill­ing 200,000 ser­vice re­quests ev­ery year.

“En­ter­ing into its 27th year, I am still very ex­cited about the Dragon Ball that brought our donors, vol­un­teers and supporters all to­gether ev­ery year to help Yee Hong raise the much-needed funds so that we could con­tinue to pro­vide the best care to our se­niors,” said Joseph Wong, Yee Hong founder and foun­da­tion chair­man.

The Dragon Ball raises about $1 mil­lion for Yee Hong a year through cor­po­rate spon­sor­ships, gala and raf­fle ticket sales, and auc­tions.

Our guests will be fully im­mersed in Chi­nese cul­ture and New Year fes­tiv­i­ties.”

NA LI / CHINA DAILY

Joseph Wong (kneel­ing left), founder and chair­man of the Yee Hong Foun­da­tion; and Stephen Siu (kneel­ing right), pres­i­dent of the Yee Hong Com­mu­nity Well­ness Foun­da­tion, are joined by the fig­ure of “Mon­key King” and spon­sors of the Dragon Ball 2016 at a me­dia launch event for the 27th ball on Dec 4 in Toronto.

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