The Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan) was overrun with lions May 8, but guests had nothing to fear — it was a traditional Chinese Lion dance, performed at the Chinese American Service League’s 24th annual gala. Co-chaired by Michael Tang and Michael Ferro, chairman of Sun-Times parent company Wrapports, the bash was filled with delicious food from some of the city’s top chefs — Charlie Trotter, Art Smith, Tony Hu and Hsing Chen each created a course. Nearly 650 partygoers, including famed artists the Zhou Brothers, helped raise $450,000 for CASL’s family services, employment training and financial education programs.
The Sun-Times was the media sponsor of this event. The Sun-Times Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust will match every dollar donated to the Chinese American Service League, up to a total of $50,000. Up to $1,000 can be matched per individual donation.
Story by Zak Stemer | Photos by Ramzi Dreessen