Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Of Key Luck Club Supported By Community
Persons from the community supported the unique Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Key Luck Club at the CCNS Bayside Senior Center on 221-15 Horace Harding Expressway. Over one hundred and sixty persons attended Saturday afternoon, April 28th.
The opening remarks included: Debra Hoffer, director of Field Operations, Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc.: David Louie, co-founder, Key Luck Club; NY City Councilman Mark Weprin; NY State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky; NY State Senator Tony Avella; NY Assemblywoman Grace Meng and NY Assemblyman Edward Braunstein.
The entertainment program consisted of the following: Chinese Folk Dance, Jasmine Flower, Students of Yu’s dance class; Line Dance Performance, Mr. & Mrs. Yue J. Lin, Ph.D.; Song – Dragon’s Descendant, Mr. Kapok Lee; Waltz Dance Performance, Mr. Jonathan Yu & Prof. Jean Zhu; Tango Dance Performance, Mr. Jonathan Yu & Mrs. J.H. Yep; Song – Teach me how to stop thinking of him, Mrs. I-Jing Shao; Chinese Folk Dance – Flower of Aloe, students of Yu’s Dance Class; Song- Pearl of the Orient, Mr. Chian Chiao Shao; Paso Doble Dance Performance, Mr. Jonathan Yu & Mrs. J.H. Yep and Chinese Folk Dance – Love of Green Plains Dance Artist, Mr. Jonathan Yu.
“We thank Councilman Mark Weprin and the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services for aiding the Key Luck Club become a reality,” said Co-Founder Irene Cheung. “The Key Luck club is a non- profit organization. ‘Key Luck’ means total happiness. The name was created because we wanted persons to feel happiness from participation.”
The reception committee at the Center’s entrance was composed of high school and college students. Anita Lau, Elaine Kong, Joanne Lau, Jennifer Lau, Jacky Kei, John Eng and Charles Yu greeted everyone with a smile. “My grandmother wants me to help at the Senior Center,” said Joanne Lau. “I like helping the elderly,” assed Jennifer Lau. Elaine Kong explained she goes to Benjamin Cardozo High school in the neighborhood. This was my opportunity to help the community.”
Dr. John Nathanas, Surgeon/International Leader/Founder of DIAS International Academic Studies, represented the Greek-American community at this unique event. “I have created an education coalition with Mrs. Irene Cheung, the ‘2010 Community Service Award’ winner of the Chinese American Voters Association of USA Inc. and former 2011 president,” he explained. “We welcome all to attend the 2012 DIAS International Academic Studies Summer Program stationed at the University of Crete. The college program has six weeks of study. It gives up to ten college credits. My grandson, alexander Filacouris is taking a course in Chinese. Our cultures are coming together. We encourage all to contact us at www.diascourses.com.”
The Key Luck Club meets every Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Adults sixty and over of Chinese background attend. Seniors of all ethnic backgrounds are welcome. Cultural, recreation and educational activities include: Tai Chi exercise; ESL classes; Chinese calligraphy; Chinese painting; ballroom dancing; and a future citizenship program. Chinese, Mandarin and Cantonese are spoken. It is funde3d by the NYC Department for the aging. For further information, contact David Louie, 917 868-2222 and Irene Cheung, 646 752-1302.