Past Event

Annual Gala 2024


On May 16, 2024, the Chinatown Health Clinic Foundation held its annual Gala Dinner in New York City. This year, about 430 friends from diverse backgrounds, including community, civic, and business leaders, joined us for a night of celebration. We were excited to announce that this year’s event raised more than $980,000 to support the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center’s (CBWCHC) important work!

The Gala’s honoree was Marie Lam, one of CBWCHC’s founders, a longtime CBWCHC board member, and the current CHCF vice president. Few of those who built the Health Center have had more of an impact than Marie, who gave generously and encouraged many others to support. Born in Hong Kong, Marie came to New York in 1968 and worked as a social worker at the Chinatown Planning Council. She has been an active volunteer leader for the Health Center for decades, starting from the time when she helped organize the first Chinatown Health Fair in 1971. She received the 2000 Distinguished Community Service Award from the United Hospital Fund and the 2023 Dorothy Kartashevich Award from the Community Health Care Association of New York State. Marie’s unwavering commitment to enhancing access to quality health care for underserved Asian Americans stands as a remarkable example that motivates generations to follow in her footsteps.

Dr. Robert E. Fullilove was the featured speaker at the event. Dr. Fullilove is the Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs and Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He has been recognized with the Distinguished Teaching Award at the Mailman School three times and designated a National Associate of the National Academies of Science. Dr. Fullilove’s remarks highlighted CBWCHC’s commitment to helping the underserved during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, and commended CBWCHC for the critical bilingual healthcare services it provides to the community.

View the event photo gallery here.

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