Community Service

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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Mentoring Program Launch Mixer


Join us for the launch event of the TAP-Chicago Mentoring Program! Thanks to those who have already expressed interest in becoming either a mentor or a mentee. The purpose of the TAP-Chicago Mentoring Program is to connect Asian American early and mid-career professionals with one another and with undergraduate students mentees from UChicago, Depaul and Northwestern.

More details and program requirements will be provided at the mixer event. This mixer event will primarily allow mentees and mentors to network with one another. Formal pairings of mentees with mentors will take place in the fall for the new academic semester.

The venue will be Vora, 1028 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610. Great food and drinks will be available!

Space is limited and the event is invite-only. Request a space by filling out the RSVP form:

Questions? Contact
Dana Yu 734.846.8917 |
Betty Hsieh 312.912.4274 |

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Rescue Dog Walking

Dog Rescue walking

Please join the TAP-Chicago volunteer team 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 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!

1. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Photo ID is required!
2. Please fill out Chicago Canine Rescue’s volunteer waiver form
3. All volunteers MUST arrive on time at 11:00am 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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May Happy Hour and School Supply Donation Drive



Join TAP-Chicago for our May Happy Hour/ Mixer. Spring is in full bloom, and as temperatures rise, so does the Chicago social scene. Come out and network with new folks, or get reacquainted with old friends at Vinyl Social Food and Drink. Located at the epicenter of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Vinyl is the premier place to enjoy a comfortable and casual atmosphere, designed to please all of your senses. TAP will takeover the downstairs lounge space which features a full bar, pool tables, dart boards, & TV’s. Complimentary appetizers will be provided, as well as drink specials featuring $6 Tito Vodka cocktails and $5 Fireball shots

In addition to this month’s mixer, we will be running a school supply donation drive, and accepting brand new school supplies for The Franklin Fine Arts Center. Not all of the Chicago Public League Schools can afford programs which support the fine arts. The Franklin Fine Arts Center provides a foundation for progressing to higher levels of achievement by ensuring all students a rich Fine Arts education. They accomplish this goal by providing a challenging educational program: encouraging students to work collaboratively; focusing on individual learning styles; developing life and social skills; and promoting respectful behavior toward peers and adults.

Register now via Eventbrite

Early Bird = Early Bird rsvp + $5.00 worth of BRAND NEW school supplies (or $5 monetary donation)

GA (or day of walk in) = GA rsvp + $10.00 worth of BRAND NEW school supplies (or $10 monetary donation)

Even if you can’t attend, you can still make donations, and 100% of these proceeds will go the The Franklin Fine Arts Center.

Suggested list of acceptable school supply donations:

Crayola crayons

Crayola colored pencils

Crayola markers

Expo Vis-à-vis wet erase markers (assorted colors)

Sharpie flip chart markers (assorted colors)

Printing Paper (letter size)

Tempera paint (assorted colors)

Letter size clip boards

Glue stick/ liquid glue

Post it note pads (any size)

Construction paper

To learn more about the Franklin Fine Arts Center – visit

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Comedy 101: Comedy For A Cause with Project:VISION and A-Squared


Join TAP-Chicago for a night of fun and laughs as we support Comedy 101, Comedy for a Cause hosted by the Project: VISION Associate Board!

Members of A-Squared Theatre Workshop, a local Asian American theater company, and Stir Friday Night, one of the nation’s premier Asian American comedy troupes, will be performing a set of five hilarious skits making fun of pageants, spy dramas and everything in between. We’ll be performing at Hamburger Mary’s, a great neighborhood bar and restaurant.

Tickets will be $15 per person–enough for a set of ACT prep materials for one student. Buy on Eventbrite here:

Proceeds will benefit youth in the community through Project:VISION. Come for the laughs, stay for the kids!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Questions? Contact
Julia Tao 248.884.2636 or julia at tapchicago dot org

About Project Vision
Project: VISION, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing youth in Chicago’s Bridgeport and Chinatown communities with the tools for educational, personal, and civic development.

Founded in 2003 by a small group of volunteers, Project: VISION has reached over 425 youths. 85% of the students Project: VISION serve are from low income families and most will be the first in their families to attend college.

More about Project Vision at

More about TAP-Chicago at

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