Community Service

Lunar Ball Reunion Party and TAP-Chicago April Mixer at Trophy Room

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Join fellow Lunar Ball attendees for a Reunion Party and networking mixer on Friday, April 22nd as we celebrate a record-setting Lunar Ball. Mingle and re-connect as you enjoy drink specials and complementary tastings of Trophy Room‘s stone-fired pizza. Take the opportunity to bid on great silent auction items and get a sneak peak of the Lunar Ball 2016 highlight video!

In addition to networking with members from over 30 partner organizations, guests will have a chance to win a Lunar Ball 2017 VIP ticket ($150 value) and purchase specially priced pre-sale tickets for next year’s event.

Registration for Lunar Ball alumni and community partner members is free before Monday, April 18 and $5 afterward while space remains.

Getting There
Limited street parking, CTA Chicago Brown/Purple Line or Grand Red Line Stop, many buses.

More about Lunar Ball
Lunar Ball is Chicagoland’s biggest Asian American gala and fundraiser. Over 900 of Chicago’s most accomplished Asian American professionals and friends from over 30 community organizations will enjoy an evening of food, fun, and dancing while raising money for charity! The event will include tastings from some of Chicago’s top restaurants, adult beverages all night, cultural performances, DJ, dancing, and an exciting raffle and silent auction. Join Lunar Ball in 2017 to celebrate the year of the Rooster and support community charities!


NOTE FOR HAWKS FANS: If a Chicago Blackhawks playoff game is scheduled for the 22nd, don’t worry, we will have the game playing at the event!

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Rescue Dog Walking

Rescue Dog Walking With Chicago Canine Resuce

Please join fellow TAP-Chicago volunteers and lend a helping hand/paw to man’s best friends as we walk dogs from the Chicago Canine Rescue! The shelter is a 5 minute walk from the Forest Glen Woods preserve, so this is a great opportunity to get exercise and fresh spring air while giving back to the community.

Chicago Canine Rescue was founded in 2001 to help find permanent homes for dogs considered too young, old, ill, or have special needs that would otherwise be euthanized at local shelters. There are currently 80 or so dogs at the Rescue that would love to your attention and care!

Free parking is available in their parking lot.

1. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Photo ID is required!
2. Once you have committed to the event, you will received a Chicago Canine Rescue’s volunteer waiver form that needs to be filled out prior to the day of the event.
3. All volunteers MUST arrive on time at 10:00am for mandatory orientation and dog handling instructions
4. You MUST register via Eventbrite link below to secure your spot as SPACE IS LIMITED:

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Lunar Ball Launch Party and Community Mixer at Trophy Room


Lunar Ball is coming soon! Join us for a Launch Party on Thursday, February 11th as the planning team, community partners, and beneficiaries celebrate the progress we’ve made and look forward to the big event on March 12th!

Attendees will get a sneak peak into Lunar Ball 2016 highlights and have the opportunity to network with community partner members including AACN, Advancing Justice, APALSA, Asquared, CFAA, CMAA, HallyuCon, Hanul Family Alliance, Harvard Club, KACC, Kollaboration, NU-A5, Project: Vision, Social Quarters, TAP-Chicago, TJCCC and UIAAAN!

Trophy Room is one of Chicagolands premier sports bar and is located in the heart of River North! In addition to drink specials and great networking, Launch Party attendees have the chance to win a Lunar Ball VIP ticket and buy tickets at a special price.

Register on Eventbrite by Tuesday, February 9th for free entry, $5 afterward and at the door.


Questions? Contact
Fabio Hsu
Ethan Hou –

Getting There
Limited street parking, CTA Chicago Brown/Purple Line or Grand Red Line Stop, many buses.

More about Lunar Ball:

Lunar Ball is Chicagoland’s biggest Asian American gala and fundraiser. Join 600+ of Chicago’s most accomplished and Asian American professionals and friends from over 30 community organizations at the Chicago History Museum for an evening of fun, food, and dancing! The event will include tastings from some of Chicago’s top restaurants, adult beverages all night, cultural performances, DJ, dancing, and an exciting raffle and silent auction. Come join us to have fun, celebrate the year of the Monkey, and support community charities!

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Volunteer @ Pacific Garden Mission


Come make a difference in the lives of the homeless by joining other TAP members at Pacific Garden Mission on Jan 9th! Pacific Garden Mission is one of the oldest, continuously operating rescue mission in the country. We’ll be assisting with general housekeeping in the morning and with meal services during the afternoon. The general schedule is as follows:

9AM-11:20AM: Group 1 volunteer shift
Volunteers in this shift will help with general housekeeping.
11:20AM-2PM: Group 2 volunteer shift
Volunteers in this shift will help with meal services.

Please sign up in the following google sheet. We would like to have at minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 15 people per shift. And you’re welcome to sign up for two shifts as well!

Location: 1458 South Canal Street, Chicago IL 60607

Questions? Call or email:
Julia Cao |
Dana Yu |

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December Mixer / 3rd Annual Toy Drive w/UIUCAAAN & TJCCC


Come join TAP-Chicago, UIUCAAAN, and TJCCC for our December Mixer @ the Brass Monkey on Dec 17th! Cocktails are 70’s inspired: a classy Harvey Wallbanger, Singapore Swing, Vodka “Tang”, and of course…a Brass Monkey. The room has a 70’s decor with a vinyl room that you won’t want to miss seeing!

We are also pleased to announce that this will be running our 3rd annual toy drive. You can make a difference and help bring smiles to the faces of under privileged children in Chicago. So start off the holiday season the right way with good friends and for a good cause.

Admission: Thanks to sponsorship by Merry Richards Jewelers, we are able to offered discounted early bird option:
Early Bird Option 1 = 1 donated toy (new and unwrapped) valued at $5 and above
Early Bird Option 2 = $5.00 donation here
GA Option 1 = 2 toys donated (new and unwrapped), valued at $5/each and above
GA Option 2 = $10 donation here or at door
Eventbrit link:

Getting There:
CTA Blue line – Grand Station

Ethan Hou @
Steph Tao @

To learn more about TJCCC, visit their facebook page: Taiwanese American Junior Chamber of Commerce Chicago

About Our Sponsor:
Known throughout Chicagoland for their philosophy of impeccable, personalized customer service, Merry Richards Jewelers offers a wonderful array of elegant designs using the finest diamonds and gemstones.


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August Mixer & Fundraiser for Taiwan Water Park Tragedy Victims @ Pump Room

11752336_1434877403506545_3801526557792219819_nCome celebrate the dog days of summer with your new and old TAP-Chicago friends at one of Chicago’s favorite historic hot spots! We’ve reserved the Library within the Pump Room. Enjoy some of Chicago’s finest food from award winning chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten while sipping on local, domestic and international draughts and bottled beer in addition to their exotic, specialty cocktails!

We will also be raising funds for the victims of the water park explosion in Taiwan. Your support is needed!

Drink Specials
$6 Stellas
$8 Moscow Mules
$10 Prosecco

Cost: Free ticket in advance by Wednesday, August 19th @ 3pm, $5 afterward and at the door
Register via Eventbrite:

Getting there: Clark/Division Red Line or the CTA Busses #22, #36, #70, #151 and #156. Limited street parking and valet available.

Questions? Call or email:
Steph Tao |
Ethan Hou |
Grant Wu |

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July Mixer and 3rd Annual Bone Marrow Donor Drive w/Kollaboration Chicago


It’s Summer Time!!!

Join TAP-Chicago and Kollaboration Chicago to celebrate the return of the summer at our happy hour mixer on July 9th! Chicago’s premiere party lounge and bar! Vertigo Sky Lounge has been on Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List since 2009 and ranked in the top 3 Hotel Bars of the Year in 2012 by the Nightclub Bar Awards. This year, the lounge and outdoor patio have been recently renovated and will be a hot place to hang for the summer! Don’t miss this chance to mix, mingle and network with new/old friends.

In addition, we are excited to announce that we will be collaborating with an amazing cause Be the Match for the 3rd straight year. Be the Match is a global leader in the field of conducting research to improve bone marrow transplant outcomes.They provide support and resources for patients in need to bone marrow transplants. For more information about our guests:

Drink and food specials – TBD

Cost: Free ticket in advance by Monday, July 6th at 5 PM, $5 afterward and at the door


Getting there: Grand or Chicago stop Red Line; and #22 Clark, #125 Water Tower Express, #36 Broadway CTA buses; Limited street parking.

Questions? email:
Dana Yu |
Julia Tao |
Ethan Hou |
Steph Tao |
Grant Wu |

For the Facebook event, visit:

To find out more about TAP-Chicago, check out our website:

More about Kollaboration Chicago:

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Chinatown 5K Supporting Project Vision


Run a 5K to build a better community! The Chicago Chinatown 5K & Youth Run is a fast course that runs through the heart of Chicago Chinatown. The Chinatown 5K partners with not-for-profit organizations to help raise funds for their various programs. For the 2nd straight year, TAP-Chicago is running and raising funds that support Project Vision as well as the TAP Dragon Boat Team.

The cost of the race is $38, you get an awesome Team PV t-shirt, and snacks will be provided. To register and run the race with the TAP-Chicago Team, please RSVP and pay through the Eventbrite link:

If you would like to help with the fundraising cause and be a PLEDGE RUNNER or simply just want to donate to the cause, please visit:

To learn more about TAP-Chicago:

Project: VISION is a nonprofit youth center that serves underprivileged students in grades 6-12 through free after-school programs including tutoring, college application help, English Language Learner classes, service learning opportunities, internships, and more. Project: VISION prides itself on keeping youth successfully engaged in their academic careers while also fostering confidence, building character, and encouraging community involvement. Join the TAP-Chicago team supporting Project: VISION and make a difference for community youth! Funds raised through the Chinatown 5K will to allow them to expand enrollment in their After School Homework Tutoring Program

To learn more about Project Vision:

To learn more about the Chinatown 5K:

Grant Wu –
Fabio Hsu –

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Chicago Cares Serve-A-Thon 2015 w/Discover


This is our city, our future. Impact starts with us, and it starts with action. Join TAP-Chicago as we participate in the Discover Cares Team for the Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon, the city’s largest single day of service.

On June 27, 2015, we’ll join 5,000 other volunteers to make a sizeable impact in every corner of the city. We’ll enhance schools and plant gardens. We’ll spruce up playgrounds and foster community. More than this, we’ll see all that’s possible when we roll up our sleeves and work together to transform our community.

DEADLINE to sign up is June 18!

Participation is FREE when you sign up for the Discover Cares team. To sign up, go to

Select “Sponsor Volunteer,” “Join a Team,” and search for “Discover Cares APAD”. Then be input code “22SPSAT” at checkout to waive the fee.

After the project work, in addition to the general event party, Discover will provide a catered dinner by Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ as a thank you for helping our community.

After signing up, let us know you’re coming:
Provide your T-Shirt size when you sign up to receive a free Discover Volunteers t-shirt, which will also be your ticket in to Discover’s part of the after party.

Event Schedule
7:30 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. Check in at Daley Plaza, get your volunteer assignment and fuel up with some coffee and a continental breakfast.
8:30 A.M. Assignment in hand, board the bus for your project site. Get to work!
2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. Wrap up your project and head back to Daley Plaza on the bus. A sack lunch is provided.
3:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. Worked hard? Time to play hard. We’ll celebrate in the plaza with a party featuring food, drink and live music.

Questions? Contact:
Sharon Chen at
Dana Yu at

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NEPAL NOW Fundraiser


Join Chicago Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP- Chicago) for a professional networking fundraiser for Nepal in conjunction with Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month hosted by our friends at MillerCoors and Chinese Mutual Aid Association.

The fundraiser will raise money for Nepal relief & rebuilding efforts after two earthquakes claimed over 8,500 lives, displaced thousands of Nepalese people & destroyed Nepal’s infrastructure including schools & hospitals.

In addition to raising money for Nepal, the event will also be a professional networking opportunity in conjunction with Asian & Pacific Islander American Heritage Month at MillerCoors’ downtown Chicago corporate office. We hope you can join us for MillerCoors products, hors d’oeuvres and amazing Chicago city views.

Due to limited capacity and so we can provide your name to building security, you must RSVP in advance here. Attendees must be 21 or older to attend.

Twenty dollars ($20) is the requested minimum donation to attend the fundraiser and online donations are being collected through the American Red Cross’ Crowdrise page

Please select the last option for Nepal earthquake relief where 100% of your donation goes directly to the American Red Cross for their work in Nepal.

CMAA, a 501(c)(3) pan-Asian social services non-profit with Nepali employees, serves local Chicagoland Nepalese people as well as people from all ethnic backgrounds & generations through CMAA’s various agency services. As this tragedy has personally touched the CMAA family, we hope you can join us and make a donation whether or not you can attend the Thursday, May 28th event.

Any questions? Please contact:
Hauwei Lien at hauwei at tapchicago dot org or 302-559-5948
Michelle Lura White at michellew at chinesemutualaid dot org or 773-784-2900

More about the Red Cross’ relief efforts in Nepal:

More about CMAA

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