C to C Celebrates its 15th Anniversary

Culture to Culture Foundation celebrated its 15th anniversary on October 16, 2016 at Danville's Oak Hill Park

October 16, 2016

Culture to Culture Foundation celebrated its 15th anniversary on October 16, 2016 at Danville's Oak Hill Park. More than 120 elected officials, community leaders, donors, sponsors, supporters, and volunteers enjoyed an afternoon of inspired speeches, entertaining fashion show, good food, and learned about many past and present C to C projects and programs.

Highlights of the event included remarks from Candace Andersen, Contra Costa County Supervisor; Jim Morris, Superintendent of the Fremont Unified School District; Judge Stuart Hing, Alameda Superior Court Judge; Jana Sczerputowski, President of Your Social Marketer, Inc. and Professor Arthur L. Reingold, Professor and Head of Epidemiology, UC Berkeley.

A slideshow chronicling C to C's past and present programs were shown. In addition, the audience enjoyed five winning videos from the state-wide Directing Change video contest. These videos showcased first place winners from C to C sponsored "Through the Lens of Culture" category, as well as local winners from Directing Change's other categories.

Chia-Chia Chien, Founder of C to C, presented certificates to F. Michael Chua and Jingyun Yao from CSU East Bay and Brendan Lau from Monte Vista High School for winning the 2016 Culture to Culture Scholarships. Former C to C Scholarship winners Amy Szeto and Wing Tse gave two very inspiring speeches reflecting on how the scholarship helped them and now they help others.

Many lucky members of the audience received prizes from a drawing. Prizes were donated by Directing Change, Town of Danville, and Dr. Aimin Liu, D.D.S. A rousing "fashion show" featuring C to C supporters and donors who modeled historical fashions from various Chinese dynasties, was a big crowd pleaser.  Equally welcomed was a multi-course Chinese dinner served during the reception. Everyone had a good time at the celebration and looked forward to the next 15 years.

Read the 15th Anniversary Program for more details. View additional photos on Google Photo. Watch videos from the event, including the slideshow, fashion show and speeches from honored guests below.

Culture to Culture Foundation in its first 15 years slideshow

Fashion show presented by C to C supports and donors

Remarks from Candace Andersen, Contra Costa County Supervisor, District II

A plaque was presented to Chia-Chia Chien, founder of Culture to Culture Foundation by Town of Danville Council members

Remarks from Jim Morris, Superintendent, Fremont Unified School District

Remarks from Judge Stuart Hing, Alameda Superior Court

Remarks from Jana Sczersputowski, MPH, President of Your Social Marketer, Inc., and Project Director, Directing Change

Remarks from Arthur L. Reingold, MD, Professor and Head of Epidemtology, UC Berkeley; with introduction by Stefano M. Bertozzi, MD, PhD, Dean - School of Public Health

Certificate presentation to 2016 Culture to Culture scholarship recipients

Reflections from Amy Szeto, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 2003 Scholarship recipient from UC Berkeley

Reflections from Wing Tse, Activity Therapist, 2008 Honoree of Mental Health Warrior Award