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AACC’s 32nd Annual Lunar New Year Celebration

February 28, 2015 @ 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM


CHICAGO, IL – – Plans are busily underway for the Asian American Coalition of Chicago’s 32nd Annual Lunar New Year Celebration, to be held Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, Illinois. The theme for the 2015 AACC Conference on Business and Networking (daytime programming) and evening 32nd Annual Lunar New Year Celebration is “E Pluribus Unum * Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” (meaning: Unity in Diversity).

This year’s Lunar New Year Gala welcomes The Year of the Ram 4713. Cocktail Reception begins and exhibits and silent auction will be open at 5 p.m. Opening Ceremonies are at 6:30 p.m. with dinner, entertainment and awards presentation following, until approximately 10 p.m. Approximately 900 people are expected at the black-tie optional gala, which is usually sold-out. Ticket sales opened in October for this popular event and early purchase is recommended.

Tickets are $800 per table of ten, and are available on a first-funded, first-seated basis. They are being distributed through community outlets as well as directly from the Coalition. For ticket reservations, please contact tickets@aacchicago.org or check the website www.aacchicago.org for check mailing instructions. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Every year a different Asian community takes turn playing host of Lunar New Year. This year it is the Indonesian American Community, for the second time hosting the Asian Pacific American community’s most important event of the year. The Indonesian American Community last hosted this event in 2006. An event held on this grand of a scale only once a year, Lunar New Year is the largest annual celebration of its type in the Midwest.

“The Indonesian American Community is honored to host the Asian American Coalition of Chicago’s 32nd Annual Lunar New Year Celebration. We have chosen the theme, “E Pluribus Unum * Bhinneka Tunggal Ika,” to showcase Unity in Diversity,” said Martino Tangkar, 2014-2015 AACC Chair. “We welcome everyone to participate in our event planning process,” he said.

According to the 2010 Census, the Asian Pacific American population in Illinois numbers approximately 586,934, or 4.6% of the statewide population. Numerous dignitaries traditionally attend the festivities, including the Asian consular corps, elected and appointed governmental officials, political candidates, top business and corporate leaders, decision-makers and on-air talent at Chicago’s major media press outlets, and everyone who considers himself or herself a mover and shaker in and around, or for, the Asian Pacific American national movement.


The Coalition plans to award its prestigious Pan Asian American Ping Tom Memorial Award – its highest award – that evening. The Coalition renamed its Pan Asian Award in 1996 after the late legendary Chicago civic leader Ping Tom. Ping Tom was also one of the original founders of the Asian American Coalition.

The Coalition also plans to award its Grand Asian American Sandra Otaka Memorial Award, that evening. The Grand Asian American Award is periodically presented to a non-Asian Friend of the Asian Community. The Coalition renamed its Grand Asian Award in 2010 after the late Cook County Circuit Court Judge Sandra Otaka.

The Coalition also plans to award its 2015 Exemplary Community Service Awards and its Youth Who Excels Awards that evening.


Irene (ENERI/Rieny) Cualoping has been named Producer and the evening show Director.

The Coalition announces that Opening Ceremonies will feature: Indonesian gamelan music, including performances from the 20-25 member Indonesian Consulate General in Chicago Dance Troupe; members of the Indonesian Performing Arts of Chicago; and members of the Indonesian Dance of Illinois. A Parade of Native Costumes will showcase brilliant dress in true cultural tradition, while “Journey to Harmony,“ a Unity Dance choreographed by Liah Tehan, will bring another interpretation of this year’s theme.

As an added treat, award-winning Celebrity Chef and restaurateur Widjiono “Yono” Purnomo of Albany, New York (Chef/Owner, Yono’s and dp, An American Brasserie), will assist in the selection and preparation of the evening’s meal.

(For more information on Chef Yono, see article in this link: http://www.forbes.com/2011/05/21/indonesia-master-chef-entrepreneurs-lifestyle-widjiono-yono-purnomo.html )

Actor/musician/composer/playwright/director Keith Uchima will perform an updated version of “Together, The World Can Count On Us,” the Asian American Coalition of Chicago’s unity song, composed in 1988 by Uchima and Irene Cualoping. He will also reprise last year’s popular closing number, “To Say Goodbye,“ which will be updated for the Indonesian American Community.


The Coalition is pleased to announce that the evening ceremonies will be hosted by the following Celebrity Presenters:

Eric S. Horng, Reporter, ABC 7 Chicago TV News;
Judy Hsu, Anchor/Reporter, ABC 7 Chicago TV News;
Nesita Kwan, HealthWatch Editor/Anchor/Reporter, NBC 5 Chicago TV News;
Nancy Loo, Reporter/Fill-In Anchor, WGN-TV News;
Mai Martinez, Weekend Anchor/Reporter, CBS 2 Chicago;
Susanna Song, Reporter, CBS 2 Chicago; and
Ji Suk Yi, Social Media Producer, ABC 7 Windy City Live (pending final scheduling).

In addition, the following Celebrity Presenters will appear in pre-taped voice-overs:

Rick Nozaki O’Dell, President, Operations Manager, On-Air Host, Smooth Jazz Chicago and
Producer and Host, The Sunday Jazz Brunch at WDCB-FM (90.9 FM), and

Linda Yu, Anchor/Reporter, ABC 7 Chicago TV News.

Linda Yu is scheduled to appear in a pre-taped voice-over for the 2015 Pan Asian American Ping Tom Memorial Award Presentation, which she traditionally helps present.

Also, attorney Darryl Tom, on behalf of The Tom Family, is scheduled to assist in the live presentation of this award.

(The Coalition also indicated that there are also several other top celebrities whose appearances are pending final scheduling, due to pending management or station scheduling clearances. These names will be announced at a later date.)


All checks should be made payable to IAIR (Indonesian Abroad In Reach), with the memo line marked “Re: AACC 2015”.


Sponsorship rates and packages are priced as follows: $25,000 and up, Presenting Sponsor; $10,000 Global Sponsor; $5,000 Pan Asian Sponsor; $3,000 Community Sponsor and $1,500 Coalition Sponsor. To secure a sponsorship spot, please contact info@aacchicago.org with a copy to info@enericom.net . All insertion orders and checks are due by the extended due date of December 31, 2014.


In addition, advertisement space reservations in the Souvenir Program Book are available at $500 for a full page (size 8-1/2” x 11”) and $300 for a half-page (8-1/2” x 5-1/2”).

Non-profit full-page ads (8-1/2” x 11”) are available at a discounted rate of $300. Checks, insertion orders, and camera-ready black and white artwork creative for 2015 ads are due by the extended due date of December 31, 2014. To check ad space availability, please contact
info@aacchicago.org with a copy to info@enericom.net . Ads must be funded by the deadline
in order to run.


According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the Asian Pacific American population in Illinois numbers approximately 586,934, or 4.6% of the statewide population. Approximately 92,304 Asian Pacific Americans reside in DuPage County, comprising 10.1% of DuPage County’s population, with the bulk of the other 322,672 residents of Cook County, comprising 6.2% of Cook County’s population. The 2010 Census shows that Asian Pacific Americans reside in Chicago in communities including West Rogers Park, Albany Park, Uptown, Armour Square and Bridgeport; in suburban Cook County in communities including Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Skokie, Niles and Morton Grove; and in suburban DuPage County in communities like Oak Brook and Naperville.

In ten years, the Asian population in Illinois jumped 38.6 percent. In the Northwest suburbs, Asians now make up 12.7 percent of the population. They make up 10.1 percent of the population in DuPage County, and 6.3 percent of the population in Lake County.

These are the ten Illinois suburbs with the biggest percentage Asian population: South Barrington: 26.6%; Oak Brook: 23.2%; Hoffman Estates: 28.7%; Glendale Heights: 28.1%; Schaumburg: 19.8%; Vernon Hills: 19.3%; Buffalo Grove: 16.0%; Hanover Park: 15.2%; Streamwood: 15.0% and Naperville: 14.9%. (Source: U.S. 2010 Census).


For more information, check out the website: www.aacchicago.org . Sponsor, ad, and general inquiries should be directed to info@aacchicago.org (e-mail preferred).

ENERI Communications has again been named agency of record and has received the assignment to coordinate media relations, TV station/media company participation, celebrity presenters and press credentials. All media requests including requests for interviews, images and press credentials may be directed to ENERI Communications at info@enericom.net or (312) 635-0888.


February 28, 2015
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Event Category:


Asian American Coalition of Chicago
(312) 391-8809


Hyatt Regency O’Hare
9300 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018 United States
(847) 696-1234