Sponsors, guests, and media attended the Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation’s 29th annual
Dragon Ball, celebrating Year of the Dog, on February 10th, 2018. This signature fundraising event is the largest Chinese New Year Celebration in North America.
Yee Hong’s Founder and Chair of Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation, Dr. Joseph Wong, spoke,
“Twenty-three years ago, the dream of a place where Chinese seniors could grow old with dignity and
respect was fulfilled when the first Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care was built. Today, four long term and geriatric care centers plus various life-lease apartments are under the umbrella of Yee Hong. Looking forward in the New Year, we are expanding our dreams to build the first residential hospice in Scarborough so let’s work hard to turn this dream into a reality.”
The night started with a reception and silent auction so vast that it filled the entire hall. The limited edition 2018 fine silver 3-coin set, 3.89 carat diamond necklace, handbag donated by Hong Kong actress Rosamund Kwan, wine baskets, culinary items, ginseng, Martell Cognac cordon blue, laptop, iMac, iPad, iPhones, assorted gift packages, coffee makers, stand mixers, professional family studio portrait packages, watches, and designer evening dresses were among the pieces in the auction. The live auction raised thousands of dollars.
A five course dinner followed in the banquet hall with back to back programs to compliment the meal.
From the house smoked five spice King salmon appetizer to the seared beef medallion entrée, the five
courses were sure to leave your taste buds satisfied, and maybe your Instagram too, if that’s your jam.
Programs included live dog tricks to celebrate the Year of the Dog, children dance choreographies, and the type of duets that gave you goosebumps.
The dessert buffet was opened after dinner with Audi A3 sedan, donated by Audi Uptown, present for the picture taking pleasure of guests. The scrumptious dessert buffet included Chatime,
three-taste congee, and four different flavors of Japanese cheesecake. Warm laughter and gleaming
evening gowns filled the hall. The “Dragon Raffle” will take place in a few weeks to kick off a massive fundraising campaign for the Yee Hong Scarborough Hospice this spring, the prize being this Audi.
VIP guest attendance this year included Councilor Joe Cressy, Dr. Helena Jaczek Minister of Community
and Social Services, Senator Victor Oh, Chinese Consul General He Wei, Ms. Kathy Chan Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Toronto, Deputy Toronto Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong, Markham
Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, federal MPs Shaun Chen, Jean Yip, and Jenny
For more information about the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care visit www.yeehong.com.
Photos by Nick Lee