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TAP-Chicago Volunteers at Chicago Cares Serve a Thon

Chicago’s largest day of service is coming up on June 23rd! Thousands of people across Chicago come together for this event to help Chicago Public Schools in saving facility improvement costs by having volunteers complete projects that involve activities such as gardening, painting walls, building benches, etc.

All volunteers meet at The Daley Plaza in the morning for breakfast, check-in, and instructions, then we are transported to our volunteer sites by a bus assigned to our group. Since there is a set time the buses leave for the volunteer sites, punctuality is crucial for this event. Please arrive early enough to give yourself time to check-in, eat breakfast, and meet up with the group.
There is a cost of $15 for the event, but this goes towards cost of materials, transportation, breakfast, lunch, and the post-event party that includes dinner and beer.

Our team is listed as “TAP-Chicago”, so be sure to register under this team name so everyone in our group is at the same volunteer site. Registration closes June 18th, so sign up a.s.a.p!
https://event.chicagocares.org

We have also set up a fundraiser separately as extra help with the cost of this cause and for their future volunteer opportunities. If you’d like to contribute, it’d be awesome if you could do it through our campaign “TAP Chicago”.
https://connect.clickandpledge.com/Organization/chicagocares/

Special Instructions: Recommended clothing is casual and comfortable, you may be on your feet for much or the whole time.
Hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact the Organizers
Quinn Guann, qguan2@gmail.com
Wally Soriano, wsoriano@gmail.com
Shannon Wen, swen904@gmail.com

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TAP – Chicago June Happy Hour @ Concrete Cowboy

Come celebrate the summer with new and old friends at TAP-Chicago June Happy Hour on Thursday, June 21st at Concrete Cowboy in River North. Guests of TAP Chicago will enjoy a private section of the venue and half off appetizers in addition to the happy hour prices below for the entire night.

Appetizers $7:

Margherita Flatbread
Frito Pie
Cheese Quesadillas
Chips and Guacamole
Carnitas Tacos
Spicy Beef Tacos
Fiesta Flatbread
Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Mac and Cheese Squares
Happy Hour Drinks:

Domestic Buckets of Beer $15
Imported Buckets of Beer $15
Bottles of Beer $4
Pints of Beer $5
Wells $5
$6 Craft Cocktails & Wine Selections:

“OH MY” Margarita
CC Mule
Concrete Crush
Cowboy Paloma
Texas Press
Kenwood Cabernet
Irony Pinot Noir
Kung Fu Girl Riesling
Meiomo Chardonnay
Cost: Free ticket in advance by Tuesday June 19th, $5 afterwards and at the door

Questions? Email:

Lisa Mansmith: Leemoozee15@gmail.com

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TAP-Chicago Volunteering at Hanul Senior Day

Hanual Senior Day

Hanual Senior Day

Hanual Family

Hanual Family

Join TAP-Chicago and KACC as we volunteer at Korean Senior’s Day. We will serve over 600 participants in 2 shifts Saturday morning and afternoon. Volunteer duties include greeting, guiding seniors, packing and passing out lunch boxes, handling raffle prizes, and more. Free delicious Korean lunch & t-shirts will be provided!

Why volunteer? Korean American senior citizens face linguistic, cultural and economic barriers and often suffer from social isolation and depression in everyday life away from their home country. Each year, the festival hosts Korean American seniors and their families for a day of recognition and celebration. The highlight of the event is performances of local, international, and senior artists in the Cultural Art Program. The event is primarily sponsored by donations from local business owners.

Registration FREE on Eventbrite at https://hanulseniorday.eventbrite.com

Getting There: Very close to CTA #50 and 92 buses and walking distance from Brown line Damen stop. Free parking available in public parking lot next door to Amundsen High School. Note Damen Ave in front of the school will be blocked off for school buses.

Volunteer Shifts 
(1) May 25th (Friday): 3:30pm-5:30pm, Hanul Chicago office: 5008 N Kedzie Ave (loading and preparing gifts)
(2) May 25th (Friday): 5:30pm-7pm, Amundsen High School: 5110 N Damen Ave (prep)
(3) May 26th (Saturday): 8am-11:00am, Amundsen High School: 5110 N Damen Ave (volunteer orientation & helping at Senior Day, first shift)
(4) May 26th (Saturday): 10:30am-2:00pm, Amundsen High School: 5110 N Damen Ave (volunteer orientation & helping at Senior Day, second shift)

Questions? Please contact
Mavis Meng (TAP-Chicago) mavis@tapchicago.org
Karen Hwang (KACC) karen@kac-chicago.org
Yichen Sun (TAP-Chicago): yichen@tapchicago.org

Learn more about Hanul at www.hanulusa.org.

Registration FREE on Eventbrite

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TAP Chicago Runs with Dim Sum & Then Some: The Uptown 5K

 

Dim Sum & Then Some: The Uptown 5K

Dim Sum & Then Some: The Uptown 5K

***REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN*** 

Join the TAP Chicago Team at the second annual Dim Sum and Then Some: The Uptown 5K. Proceeds will directly support Chinese Mutual Aid Association’s efforts to provide crucial services to Chicago’s immigrant and refugee communities!

Register here:
https://www.active.com/chicago-il/running/distance-running-races/dim-sum-and-then-some-the-uptown-5k-2018

Go to “Team Information” and select Taiwanese American Professionals Chicago (Yu). Tom from TAP Chicago will arrange packet pickup for the entire group so that you don’t have to wait in line before the race. More details to follow as time gets closer to the race.

DISCOUNT CODE! Use “TAP” to get some dollars knocked off your registration.
If you have any questions, please reach out to tom2786@gmail.com.

Event Description:
This isn’t your typical get a shirt, and go home type of race. The Dim Sum & Then Some is the only 5K running through Uptown and Chicago’s only race where runners (walkers, joggers, and crawlers are all welcome!) are treated with dim sum at the end of the route!

In 2017, over 400 runners joined for the first ever Dim Sum & Then Some: The Uptown 5K! Swarms of runners descended upon one of Chicago’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods – Uptown. Renowned for its historical theaters, unique music scene and Asian influence, runners traversed through both the streets and Chicago’s scenic lakefront.

And what better way to cap off a run through Uptown than by eating some dim sum?! Each runner last year received their own Dim Sum box compliments of one of Uptown’s famous restaurants, Furama. Additional free goodies were given on race day, including Bubble Tea samples!

5K Highlights:
*Register before May 14, 2018 to receive a technical running shirt

*Runners will be cheered on with entertainment throughout the race course, including CMAA’s lion dancers

*Every registrant will receive a dim sum box compliments of Furama restaurant. Vegetarian options are available
(Dim Sum items subject to change)

*Other free goodies courtesy of local Uptown businesses

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Asian American Summer Yacht Cruise 2018

Asian American Summer Yacht Cruise 2018

Asian American Summer Yacht Cruise 2018

The Chicago Asian American community presents the 2018 Asian American Summer Yacht Cruise on Saturday, July 14th. Join 400+ friends as the Asian American community comes together on a party yacht for the biggest networking event of the summer. This is one you won’t want to miss!

  • DJs on multiple levels
  • Newly renovated sun deck with more open space, and newly installed bar
  • Full cash bars on all levels
  • Proceeds benefit partnering community organizations

Event Schedule:
12:30 PM Check-In Opens
1:00 PM Boarding Starts
1:30 PM Yacht Departs Dock
4:30 PM Yacht Returns to Dock
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3 Hour Summer Yacht Cruise
GENERAL ADMISSION: $35
DAY-OF: $45 (if space remains)
VIP: $50 (includes priority boarding and separate VIP seating)

Get your ticket now on Eventbrite.

COMPARE TO same old 1-hour architectural tour: $36, $39, $41, $43, or $46

Please arrive early, the yacht will depart as scheduled
Theme: White linen suggested, but not required
Dress Code: Smart Casual (summer dresses / no jackets required)
All sales final, no refunds, but ticket transfers permitted

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Dog Walking with TAP-Chicago

Dog walking event with TAP-Chicago

Dog walking event with TAP-Chicago

Kick off spring with the TAP-Chicago community service team and lend a helping hand/paw to man’s best friends at Chicago Canine Rescue! We will be walking dogs and enjoying the outdoors around the Forest Glen Woods preserve. Space is limited! So sign up ASAP. First timers and experts are welcome.

The 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!

Details:
1. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Photo ID is required.
2. Please print and fill out Chicago Canine Rescue’s volunteer waiver form
3. All volunteers must arrive on time at 10:00 am for mandatory orientation and dog handling instructions. No Asian time =P
4. You must register via Eventbrite link below to secure your spot as space is limited

Questions? Please contact Shannon Wen at swen904@gmail.com

To learn more about Chicago Canine Rescue, please visit:
http://www.chicagocaninerescue.com/

To learn more about TAP-Chicago, please visit:
http://www.tapchicago.org/

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TAP Chicago – Cinco de Mayo Networking Mixer

TAP Chicago - Cinco de Mayo Networking Mixer

TAP Chicago – Cinco de Mayo Networking Mixer

Join TAP-Chicago and fellow Chicagoland young professionals for a Cinco de Mayo celebratory networking mixer on Thursday, May 3rd at Ronero Chicago. Ronero/Esco Bar is one of Chicago’s hottest bars/clubs with its upscale Latin American restaurant and speakeasy-style rum bar.

If you’re new to the area, looking to meet new young professionals or simply want to socialize with old friends, come out and help us celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style.

This will be an extra special networking session as we’ll also be sharing details on this year’s upcoming Lunar Ball celebration. Early bird tickets are on sale now!

Registered guests will enjoy a complimentary signature cocktail and passed appetizers (ceviche, empanadas and mini Cubano sandwiches).

Registration: $5 general admission and at the door. Get your ticket now on Eventbrite

Getting There: West Loop, close to Morgan El stops and several CTA buses.

Questions? Contact the organizers:
Yuange Yang – yuange@tapchicago.org
Kevin Chang – kevin@tapchicago.org

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Cup of Tea Conversations

Join TAP as we collaborate with Chinese-American Service League (CASL) in their Saturday morning tea time program! This program helps Chinese immigrants develop their conversational English. Each volunteer gets a vocabulary packet with different dialogues and new words to learn and put to use. Come enjoy a hot cup of tea and warm-hearted conversations as we help one another and give back to the community.

Get your ticket on Eventbrite today!

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Get Ready for the 6th Annual Lunar Ball on Aug 11th

Lunar Ball 2018 on August 11th

Due to a date conflict beyond our control at our venue, Lunar Ball 2018 originally scheduled for Saturday, May 19 has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 11. Rest assured that the event will be bigger and better than ever!

We apologize for the change in date and have applied a discount to all current ticket holders in appreciation of their flexibility. If any ticket holders are not able to attend on the new date, we are happy to process a refund. Please contact hello@lunarball.org with any questions or concerns.

We are excited for the new date and hope you join us as we enjoy food and beverages from amazing sponsors including Seoul TacoKizuki Ramen & IzakayaPokéworksMeet Fresh ChicagoCH DistillerySaboo Asian Craft BeerA Place By DamaoBIBIBOP Asian Grill, and more!

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to celebrating with you on August 11th!
-The Lunar Ball team

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Over 1,000+ Attendees Expected!

The 2018 Lunar Ball will be held on Saturday, May 19th at the contemporary Zhou B Art Center located in Chicago’s historic Bridgeport neighborhood.

As Chicago’s largest fundraiser for Chicago local Asian-American charities, the Lunar Ball is expected to bring together 1,000+ of Chicago’s most accomplished young professionals and community supporters from over 30 organizations.

Attendees will enjoy a royal evening of premium drinks, delicious food, great entertainment, and social networking, all in the beautiful Zhou B Art Center adorned with award-winning sculptures and arts.

Highlights include tastings from top local restaurants, a premium full open bar including CH Distillery, Saboo craft beers, and other fine spirits.

Come for the fun. Stay for the people. At the end of the evening, feel great that you supported local charities. We hope to see you on May 19th!

Don’t miss out and reserve your ticket today on Eventbrite  use “TAP” for $5 off the regular ticket price.

Giving Back to Chicago

All proceeds from the Lunar Ball benefit Chicago local Asian-American charities. Grants help provide services to youth, seniors, refugees, as well as leadership development, promote cultural awareness, and support other important charitable causes.

To learn more, visit www.lunarball.org for updates!

Dress Code and Theme

Wear your best semi-formal attire. Should you feel more adventurous, black ties and ethnic dresses are encouraged! The theme will be announced closer to the event date. Follow Lunar Ball Facebook Page for the latest information.

Private Reception for VIP Ticketholders

Meet influential community leaders, accomplished professionals, and generous donors in a private reception starting at 6 pm. VIPs can also enjoy an exclusive bar, express entry to the event and after-party, and much more!

Questions & Contact Us

Please direct all questions or comments to info@lunarball.org
Please note that tickets to Lunar Ball are transferable but not refundable.

Thank You to the Lunar Ball 2017 Sponsors!

We are grateful to all of the sponsors and partners who supported Lunar Ball 2017, and looking forward to announcing new partnerships for 2018 soon!

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3 Models for Event Partnership

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At TAP-Chicago we frequently collaborate with different community organizations on a variety of projects and events. Sometimes it can be challenging to reconcile differing expectations about roles and responsibilities. While each event is a little different, here are 3 models we use when partnering.

The most common arrangement we use is a Marketing Co-sponsorship. In this case, one organization takes the lead and does the bulk of the planning. The lead org comes up with the event date, structure, and content, arranges the logistics, creates the marketing materials, staffs the event, and takes on the financial commitments and P&L. Often times, the lead org does much of the work before even approaching potential partners. The non-lead or co-sponsoring organization’s role is to market the event to their members and supporters the same way they would an event they organized themselves. Sometimes, the co-sponsor makes a financial donation or provides some day-of staff or other help.

While the contribution to the event organization is unequal, in a Marketing Co-Sponsorship we market the event with the two organizations as equal co-sponsors with both organizations similarly listed on the event flyer, facebook, webpage, registration page, etc. The only indication of the different roles to the public are incidental: for example, since the nametags, sign-in sheets, and staff for the event usually come from the lead organization, attendees might deduce the division of labor. Since the event is marketed the same way as the co-sponsor’s own event, there is informally a greater commitment to push turnout and there is usually a significant attendance from the co-sponsoring organization.

We commonly use this arrangement when one organization has stronger interest or better positioning to organize an event or when the scale of the event is small enough that it is more efficient for one organization to do the bulk of the planning with limited coordination with the other organization. Often, we will alternate lead organization responsibilities with a partner organization for a series of similar events.

A less common arrangement for us is a Planning Co-sponsorship where both organizations share responsibility for planning and decision making and finances are usually shared. Depending on the specifics of the event, we sometimes split each function with a joint team from each organization or split the functions between the organizations. Either way, the result is a more even sharing of responsibilities. We don’t usually do this much due to the high coordination costs in a volunteer setting and the need for a longer project timeline. However, we believe joint planning has the potential to yield stronger events and we seek these opportunities whenever they make sense.

Finally, another common arrangement is a Marketing Partnership. As in the Marketing Co-sponsorship, one organization has primary responsibility for an event. But for Marketing Partnerships, the partner org does not market the event as their own event. Instead, they present the event to their members as an external community event supported by the organization. Often times, the marketing for the event makes the different roles clear, whether it’s through logo placement or text description. Some situations where we use this arrangement are when there are a very large number of organizations involved in an event, when we’re not able to commit to extensive marketing because one of our events is too close to the partner event, or if we feel an event isn’t a close match.

Regardless of the collaboration type, the hope is that cooperation creates more high-quality, well-attended events that promote fortuitous interactions. And our goal for partner events is the same as for solo organized ones: to strengthen our communities through community service, professional development, cultural awareness, and leadership development.

So how does this line up with how you or your organization think about collaborations? Any suggestions or comments?

You can reach Hauwei at hauwei at tapchicago dot org.

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