The 15th Mid-Autumn Celebration in Fund Raising for the Senior Association of
Philadelphia news: The 15th Mid-Autumn festival celebration kicked off as scheduled on Saturday, September 18, 2010, from 1 to 6 p.m., under the Friendship Gate in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. Although this year’s celebration was more than two hours shorter, its popularity as well as programs were no less than the previous year. This was also the first time that Asian American Senior Association of Pennsylvania (AASAPA) took an active part in participating in the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn festival celebration.
In supporting the Asian American United (AAU)’s sponsorship of the Mid-Autumn celebration, AASAPA came up with a creative idea, which is the setting up of a donation box at its table. The set up was an instant success, winning over a lot of praises. Some opined that “Finally, there’s a thought about the seniors.” Asians and westerners alike began to put money into the donation box. While the younger ones demonstrated more enthusiasm, there was equal passion between the westerners and Asians. The highest one-donation of the day was $100; lowest being $1. (AASAPA also offered proof of donation for tax purposes.) Chairman of AASAPA Qingnian Lu, director Bingqing Peng, members Lingling Sun and Yichien Huang, etc., took turn asking passers-by for donation. It was a moving scene.
This was the first donation drive of AASAPA extended to the public. The purpose of which was to establish a ‘senior activity center’ in Chinatown. Owing to a lack of funding, progress has been slow. The hope was to make connection with the community leaders and benevolent people and ask them for a helping hand to carry out the traditional Chinese virtue of ‘filial piety’. Thereby, the establishment of a good center combining living, learning, socializing, fitness, and entertaining for the seniors can be within reach. When the seniors are comfortable, their children are relaxed.
Asian American Senior Association of Pennsylvania (abbreviated as AASAPA) began planning in 2009 and was officially established in March, 2010. It is registered with the State and approved as a non-profit organization. Its aim is to provide services to seniors. Location (temporary): 923 Arch Street, 3rdFloor; website: www.aasapa.org; e-mail: email@example.com.
To date, AASAPA has organized the following events:
At 5:30 in the evening, Mayor Michael Nutter arrived and delivered his congratulation.
Attended the occasion also were Ellen Somekawa, Executive Chair of the Asian American United, Deborah Wei (former principal of FACT school), officer of Philadelphia Education Department’s Language Office, and Simon Liu,Chairman of the Board of AASAPA.
美亞老人會在支援「亞裔聯合會」（AAU）主辦的此次中秋節活動中富有創意，設立捐款箱在現場籌款，此舉令在場的人士大加讚許，他們認為「終於 有人肯為老人著想」，引來泷多亞裔人士和西裔人士紛紛捐錢投入捐款箱，年輕人更為踴躍，西人熱情不亞於亞裔。現場捐款最高者捐100美元，最低者1美元不 等。（捐款人可索取減稅證明）。美亞老人會主席；陸慶年，董事；彭炳清，成員；孫玲玲，黃逸錢等抱著捐款箱挨個募集，場面感人。
賓州美亞老人會是一所為美亞老人服務的群體組織，經賓州政府批為非營利慈善機構， 於二零零九年籌辦，二零一零年三月正式成立。會址；923 Arch 街 三樓（臨時），會網址： www.aasapa.org, 會名縮寫：AASAPA。E-Mail：firstname.lastname@example.org.
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傍晚五時三十分, 費城市長 Michael Nutter 親臨會場祝賀。
亞裔聯合會執行主席Ellen Somekawa、費城市教育局語言處主任 魏忠美（Deborah Wei, 原民藝特許學校校長）、美亞老人會董事長 劉心生（Simon Liu）等均臨現場同慶。