30th Dragon Ball will be a spectacular gala to celebrate Year of the Pig
Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation yesterday (Monday January 8th, 2019) kicked off the 30th annual Dragon Ball, on of Toronto’s premier gala events and the largest fundraising gala celebrating Chinese New Year in Canada. More than 300 guests attended the Media Launch at Aga Khan Museum.
As the first Islamic Art Museum in North America, Aga Khan Museum acts as a place of pluralism and tolerance, sharing a common mission with Yee Hong – serving a community that spans diverse cultures and ethnicities. To support the 30th Anniversary of Dragon Ball, the museum opened exclusively for the Launch event. Guests got a sneak preview of Dragon Ball 2019 with wonderful demonstrations of scheduled performances and delicious samples of the foods to be served at the Gala. After the reception, the guests also enjoyed a free tour of the museum.
Yee Hong will be celebrating its 30th anniversary Dragon Ball on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Beanfield Centre (105 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto). This signature gala of Yee Hong is expected to be attended by over 1,200 guests, including political, business and community leaders. The funds raised help support the culturally appropriate services provided by Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care to seniors of various ethnic backgrounds in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
In the gala’s opening performance, a team of high performance martial arts athletes will perform a LED Dragon Dance together with 30 flag wavers, followed by a Chinese fold dance, entitled “Joyful Petals”, to welcome the lunar New Year.
To support Dragon Ball, the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office has arranged a rope skipping demonstration by Hong Kong’s national teal SLASH. The team just won the 2018 World Rope Skipping Championships. Other highlights of the night’s entertainment include a performance form a trio of young opera stars from the Canadian Opera Company’s prestigious Ensemble Studio; a showcase of the Spanish flamenco dance style produced by Kulkat and Dance DNA, featuring a 40-feet long dress; and a performance of the fabulous “The Mask” dance by three Latin duos.
This year, the live and silent auctions will feature 200 exceptional items. Hong Kong actress Rosamund Kwan again donated a luxury handbag for live auction. Other unique items include Royal de Versaille’s Diamond Necklace valued at $24,500, the Ultimate Ermenegildo Zegna Experience donated by Harry Rosen, an exclusive deluxe tour package to Kenya and Tanzania, and a limited edition 2019 Fine Silver Coin.
The Yee Hong Foundation president also introduced the annual “Dragon Raffle” which was launched last month. He thanked Audi Uptown for donating a new $41,000 Audi A3 sedan as the grand prize. The second prize is a trip for two to Las Vegas donated by Tour East Holidays. Raffle tickets are on sale now for $20 each.
In Addition to Prosperity Sponsor Bank of Montreal, Dragon Raffle Sponsor Audi Uptown, Imperial Sponsor Manulife, and Pearl Sponsor Floors@Work, other major sponsors include MediSystem, Tridel, TD, Aga Khan Museum, Shangri-la Hotel (Toronto), Delta Airline, Tour East Holidays, and Hanson Canada. Media partners iinclude OMNI, 680 NEWS, Classical 96.3 FM, and Sing Tao Media, etc.
Dragon Ball benefator tickets are priced at $600 each; supporter tickets are priced at $480. Please visit www.yeehongdragonball.org