2009 Lunar New Year Banquet
at Sea Empress Restaurant
Saturday, Janaury 24th, 2009

SCADA proudly hosted its annual Lunar New Year banquet on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Sea Empress restaurant in Redondo Beach.  Approximately 120 people enjoyed an authentic Chinese buffet which included delicacies such as sea scallops with snow peas, roasted Peking duck, leek and pork potstickers, Chinese broccoli (gailan), fried chow mein noodles, and salt and pepper pork chops. 

Our fun filled night was highlighted by a busy entertainment schedule.  The San Gabriel Valley Chinese Cultural Association dazzled guests with a spectacular lion dance performance, which included a Deaf troupe member.  The American Deaf Water Polo team shared their vision and hopes for gold in the upcoming 2009 Deaf Olympics to be held in Taipei, Taiwan.  In honor of the Year of the Ox, Shari Kido shared the characteristics that are attributed to those born in the Year of the Ox and those who were fortunate to be "Oxen" were honored with Starbuck gift cards.  Our keynote speaker Moon Feris, who is of Chinese and Australian heritage, spoke about her struggles and successes as a Deaf biracial individual.  Moon also encouraged audience members to join her in the advocacy for early sign language access for all Deaf children. 

The evening concluded with an exciting raffle.  The lucky winners received an Apple Iphone gift card, a digital camera, a portable DVD player, an Asian decorative plate, an Asian lantern, and a gift certificate to a Japanese restaurant. 

SCADA also took time to recognize its president, Yoon Lee, for his contribution to the organization.  SCADA is also thankful to Hawk Relay, for their generous financial support and service to the Deaf community in providing a quality video relay service.  We are also appreciate all the attendees who came and made our banquet a big success!  please help us create another memorable evening in 2010! 

By Kerlan Kim, SCADA Secretary

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