On Sunday, August 4, Asian Americans for Equality held the Annual Chinatown Summer Street Festival on Bayard Street between Mott and Mulberry Streets. This year’s Festival theme was “Appreciation Fair,” recognizing the many organizations and individuals for their efforts after Hurricane Sandy in helping New York City recover. Councilwoman Margaret Chin joined AAFE in honoring David Yeung, the CEO & Commissioner of Civil Aid Services, and Isabel Ching, Assistant Executive Director for Senior Services at Hamilton-Madison House, for their work. In addition, the Street Festival hosted an exciting Basketball Free Throw Contest for local organizations with prizes, as well as information tables on health care, education, and other community services.
Taking the lead in organizing this year’s festival was Thomas Yu, Managing Director of Real Estate Planning & Development for AAFE affiliate Downtown Manhattan Community Development Corporation. “It’s been a trying year for all New Yorkers in the wake of Hurricane Sandy,” Thomas stated. He added, “Asian Americans for Equality greatly appreciates the efforts of all groups in the city for working tirelessly in recovery efforts. Hopefully this festival will remind us that we are strong as individual groups, but even stronger when we work together collectively.”
Thank you to all those who attended, and AAFE looks forward to seeing you again next year!