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“We are in this together”: Peoria Chinese Community Fundraises to Fight COVID-19

 

April 06, 2020

 

Contact: Xiucheng Zhu, (906) 231-5168

 

Peoria, IL – The Chinese community in Peoria County wants to send a message to all residents that they are here to help. Members of the Peoria Chinese Association (PCA) have raised over $11,600 and collected thousands of masks and gloves through donations from local families.

 

According to Xiucheng Zhu, PCA chair, the raised fund has been used to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) from overseas. So far, the organization has brought over 10,000 masks, including some KN95 masks. These medical supplies will be donated to local hospitals including the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, OSF, and Methodist.

 

In addition to supplying medical safety equipment to healthcare workers, the group also donates PPE and cleaning supplies to the Peoria Police Department and local home care services.

 

We are organized to make home-made masks for healthcare workers and others at risk. The local Chinese Community will keep mobilizing its efforts to fight COVID-19 and together we will overcome this crisis.

 

About the Peoria Chinese Association

 

The Peoria Chinese Association (PCA) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to celebrating and promoting Chinese culture and diversity in the Greater Peoria area. Established in 1965, the PCA currently has more than 1,200 members. The PCA welcomes any individuals who are interested in celebrating and learning about Chinese culture. The PCA provides a number of services and activities, including coordinating major Chinese cultural events; fostering friendship, goodwill and understanding among members and other organizations; and promoting and preserving the customs, culture and heritage of the Chinese community.

 

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碧城华人协会PCA为美国疫情募捐倡议书 2020.04

 

Dear Friends,

 

目前新型冠状病毒COVID-19疫情爆发,快速蔓延,这是全世界人民共同面对的灾难。在我们的祖籍国以良好的举措基本控制住了国内疫情发展的同时,我们生活居住的第二故乡美国开始出现口罩、一次性手套、防护服等医用物品告急。此时此刻,我们需要齐心协力,共克时艰,尽最大努力回馈社区,并帮助所有需要帮助的华人。请大家行动起来,爱心不在大小,数额不在多少,让我们用行动阻击疫情,让碧城变得更安全。

 

碧城华人协会PCA现开通捐款捐物通道(开通到2020年4月22日),募得善款将用于购买防疫物资:

 

捐款通道:
  1. Paypal to PCA专用paypal账户: peoriachinesepaypal@gmail.com
  2. 邮寄支票到 PCA 信箱: PCA, PO Box 10523, Peoria, IL 61612-0523 (没有paypal账号,可以将cash或check送到此地址)
募捐物品:
  1. 任何级别的N95口罩
  2. 一次性的surgical mask(未开封)
  3. 一次性手套
  4. 洗手液
  5. Disinfecting wipe or spray
物资接收地址: 请联系我们或在微信群里询问具体地址,或发邮件至peoriachinesepaypal@gmail.com

 

请对捐赠的物资进行消毒,确保切断一切隐患。

 

Best Regards,

Peoria Chinese Association

 

 

Peoria Chinese Association Donations Proposal for CoronaVirus COVID-19 2020.04

 

Dear Friends,

 

At present, the outbreak of the new coronavirus COVID-19 and its rapid spread are a common disaster faced by people all over the world. While our home country gradually controlled the development of the domestic epidemic with good measures, medical supplies such as masks, disposable gloves, and protective clothing, it began to emerge in our second hometown, the United States. At this moment, we need to work together to overcome the difficulties, do our best to give back to the community, and help all who need help. Please take actions. No matter how big or small you give. Let us take actions to stop the epidemic and make Peoria safer.

 

PCA is now opening donation channel (open till April 22 2020), which raised funds will be used to purchase supplies for epidemic prevention:

 

Donation channel:
  1. Paypal to PCA dedicated paypal account: peoriachinesepaypal@gmail.com
  2. Mail a check to PCA mail box: PCA, PO Box 10523, Peoria, IL 61612-0523 (without paypal account, cash or check can be sent to this address)
Donation items:
  1. N95 masks of any level
  2. Disposable surgical mask (unopened)
  3. Disposable gloves
  4. hand soap/sanitizer
  5. Disinfecting wipe or spray
Material receiving addresses: contact us if you are planning to donate peoriachinesepaypal@gmail.com.

 

Please disinfect the donated materials to ensure that all hidden dangers are cut off.

 

Best Regards,

Peoria Chinese Association

 

 

2020 Peoria Chinese New Year Celebration Cancellation

 

Dear Friends,

 

The 2020 Peoria Chinese New Year Celebration Show, scheduled on Feb. 16, was canceled by the event planning committee, due to the concerns over Coronavirus outbreak in China.

 

The decision was made carefully based on the increasing risk of Coronavirus infection in the US recently. This has been a difficult decision as more than a hundred of performers and volunteers have been working diligently in the past few months for this event. But the health and safety of our audiences, performers, and crew has the highest priority to us.

 

Thank you for your understanding and the continued support! If you already purchased the tickets, our ticket team will refund you in next few days.

 

If you have any questions/concerns, please contact Xiucheng Zhu (Zhu_xiucheng@cat.com) or Yingying Kuai (Kuai_yingying@cat.com).

 

 

Best Regards,

Peoria Chinese Association

 

2019 Peoria Chinese New Year Celebration on 02/10/2019

 

Dear Friends,

 

We are happy to announce that the “Experience China – 2019 Peoria Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration Show” will be held at Dunlap High School (DHS) Auditorium on February 10, 2019, Sunday, 2-4PM. The show is the single largest Chinese cultural event in Peoria area, and is co-organized by Peoria Chinese Association and Caterpillar Chinese Resource Group.

 

You and your family are cordially invited to celebrate Chinese culture heritage together with our community.  Please extend this invitation to anyone who may be interested in.

 

This year Peoria Chinese Association teams up with the Dream Center Peoria to raise funds to cover 1 day of Dream Center Peoria’s operating cost ($2700 Goal). Please help us achieving our fundraising goal!

 

“Experience China – 2019 Peoria Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration Show” information

 

  • What:    You will have a good taste of Chinese Dragon Dance, Chinese Folk Dance, Chinese Ancient Instrument, Opera, Taichi, Fashion Show, Choir, ....
  • Where: Dunlap High School (DHS) Auditorium
  • When:  February 10, 2019, Sunday, 2-4PM
  • Ticket:   $5 (Free for children under 4 and seniors above 65)

     

    • Purchase tickets online at https://2019peoriachinese.eventbrite.com (you have option to make donation to Dream Center Peoria).
    • Purchase tickets in person, see our local contacts in below table. You can make donation and purchase tickets at the show.

 

If you have any questions/suggestions about the event, please reach us at peoriachinese@gmail.com.

 

Best Wishes,

Peoria Chinese Association

 

 

 

 

Submission Request to Perform in 2019 Chinese New Year Celebration Show

 

Dear Friends,

 

It's that time of the year! Peoria Chinese Association is actively planning on the upcoming 2019 Chinese New Year Celebration Show. 2019 is the year of Pig, another lucky year! The 2019 Chinese New Year is on Feb. 05, 2019. The celebration show will be right around that time on a weekend.

 

Please submit your performance(s) to peoriachinese@gmail.com with the following details. Submission deadline is Dec. 15, 2018.

 

    Performance Name (节目名称):
    Performance Lead (节目负责人):
    # of performers (表演人数):
    Duration (节目分钟数):
    Brief Description (节目简介):

 

Kindly Regards,

Peoria Chinese Association

 

 

2018 PCA/CCRG Summer Picnic (30 June 2018)

 

Dear PCA members,

 

On June 30, 2018, Peoria Chinese community members and friends gathered together to celebrate the annual Chinese DuanWu Festival with a successful BBQ picnic and a few fun activities at the Moose Shelter at Detweiller Park. There were about 150 community members, friends, and colleagues joined the event. Authentic Homemade Chinese foods including traditional festival food rice dumpling and on-site BBQ grill, as well as wonderful game activities were enjoyed by both adults and kids. The event was jointly organized by Peoria Chinese Association (PCA) and Caterpillar Chinese Resource Group (CCRG).

 

We would like to thank all participants who have attended the picnic. Event pictures are available here.

 

Great appreciation goes to all the volunteers whose hard work make this event successful. The volunteer list is below.

 

 

 

 

Peoria Chinese Association Newsletter (June 2018)

 

Happy Duanwu Festival to you all! I hope you had the chance to try Zongzi already.

 

PCA has been quite busy in June - lead/participate in a few cultural events and promote Chinese traditional Duanwu Festival. I’m writing to bring you up to speed about these events, and hope you and your family can take part in and enjoy the events.

 

  • 06/10: Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum in collaboration with PCA to the Duanwu (Dragon Boat) Festival cultural event. PCA members demonstrated the Chinese Folk Songs, dance, Chinese Zither and Flute Instrument, Storytelling, Art Craft to make Zongzi, etc.
    • Event pictures
    • Event Link
    • Big Thanks to the following PCA event planning team and the talented Performers
    • Program lead: Yingying Kuai
      Storytelling: Ruoyang Sun
      Chinese Zither performer: Xuan Fu
      Chinese Flute performer: Huapei Wan
      Chinese folk song singer: Mei Zhou
      Dance group: Xuan Fu (teacher): Sophia Pan, Olivia Pan, Eva Tan, Vivian Guan, Sijia Ren, Elaine Rao, Eva Rao
      Art & Craft: Huijuan Ni, Xuan Fu, Cheng Tang, Jinma Ren
      Photography: Qinyang Rao
  •  

  • 06/23: Peoria Riverfront Museum invites PCA to participate in the Mythic Creatures: Dragon, Unicorns & Mermaids Exhibition. PCA will features Chinese Dragon in this cultural event. Dragon drawing, Art & Craft will be offered. Please come and experience the Chinese Culture and Museum Exhibition
    • Time: June 23, 10am-2pm
    • Event Details
    • Dragon Drawing: Phoebe Wang (talented artist from China) will teach you how to draw Chinese Dragon!
    • Art/Craft: learn how to make Zongzi with paper
  •  

  • 06/30: Annual Duanwu/Dragon Boat Festival Summer Picnic. You and your family will get the chance to try Zongzi and many delicious homemake Chinese dishes! BBQ, art & craft, games will be provided. This is a family friendly community event that you should not miss!
    • Time: June 30, 11:30am-4pm
    • Location: Detweiller Park Peoria, moose shelter
    • Fee: $1 per person, Kids under 4 are free
    • Please bring a dish to share :-)

 

That’s all for now. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions/suggestions to the events and Peoria Chinese Association in general. Hope you see you all in these events!

 

Enjoy the summer!

 

Qinyang Rao, 2018 PCA Chair

 

 

2018 Peoria Chinese New Year Appreciation Letter and Volunteer List

 

Our Friends at Peoria Chinese Community:

 

On February 18, 2018 we celebrated Chinese New Year (Year of the Dog) with a successful performance gala at the Dunlap High School Auditorium. We had more than 500 audience watching the show, including Peoria Mayor Jim Adris, and Caterpillar Vice President Karl Weiss. All of us enjoyed the wonderful performance of 18 talented teams, including Chinese folk songs, dances, Tai Chi, fashion show, and instruments. We even had a talented team from Springfield, IL. The Chinese New Year celebration has become the biggest annual event that connects our community together and introduces Chinese culture to community friends. We would like to thank all the 200 performers who have brought so many joyful moments to us. We know the performers had spent countless hours practicing, often on weekends and evenings, and many teams started last August!

 

As we all know volunteers are the backbone behind all of our events, and this year is no exception. This celebration is only successful because of the great help from our volunteers. Volunteers helped planning the event, reserving the place, contacting local media, making stage props, decorating the stages, designing the photo booth, selling the tickets, organizing the shows, and hosting the VIPs. While it is not possible to have a completed list, we do want to thank the following volunteers for their great help this year. We also apologize as we may have missed some names as so many people have helped this event in so many ways.

 

Peoria Chinese Association, Caterpillar Chinese Resource Group

 

 

Read more for the full program list.

 

 

 

感谢小光圈摄影组以及张宇花大量时间整理出春晚部分照片和春晚录像。

 

春晚小光圈摄影组:Keven Gao, 周作平,杨洁,何咏梅,王云博,田铭,胡敏,杨林。

 

春晚摄像组:张宇

 

Pictures from the performance are here. Pictures from the event are here. Videos from the performance are here.

 

2018 PCA committee
Chair : Qinyang Rao
Vice Chairs : Ming Tian, Jason Li, Yingying Kuai, Sunny Sun, Lifei Yu, Tong Xu, Huiyan Yin,
Mei Zhou (Rose Ferguson), Xuan Fu (Carolyn Simon), Haolun Fan, Cheng Tang, Jinma Ren
Treasurer : Quinn Xue

 

2018 碧城华人协会委员名单
会长 : 饶钦阳
副会长 : 田铭,李振宇,郐瀛瀛,孙若洋,于黎飞,徐彤,尹惠研,
周玫,付瑄,樊浩伦,唐澄,任金马
财务 : 薛群

 

 

 

2018 Chinese New Year Celebration Show Volunteers - THANK YOU!

 

Good morning Everyone!

 

On behalf of Peoria Chinese Association and Caterpillar Chinese Resource Group, we want to say THANK YOU for volunteering your time, effort, and talents, to make the 2018 Chinese New Year show a great success! We had more than 500 audience enjoyed the culture show! You are the ones who make our community a better and stronger one! Thank you!

 

Happy Chinese New Year! Wish you and your family a happy and prosperous 2018!

 

 

Kindly Regards,

 

Qinyang Rao

Chair - Peoria Chinese Association

http://www.peoriachinese.org/

 

Zan Mi

Global Chair - Caterpillar Chinese Resource Group

 

 

 

2018 Peoria Chinese New Year Celebration on 02/18/2018

 

We are happy to announce that Peoria Chinese New Year celebration will be held at 2-4pm on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Dunlap High School (DHS) Auditorium. You and your family are cordially invited to celebrate Chinese culture heritage together with our community. A dressed rehearsal will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at DHS Auditorium.

 

Thanks for your participation and continued support. Please extend this invitation to every one who may be interested. We look forward to seeing you all on February 18, 2018 at DHS!

 

 

Please see below for ticket sale.

 

 

 

 

2017 PCA/CCRG DuanWu Festival Celebration 17June2017

On June 17, 2017, Peoria Chinese community members and friends gathered together to celebrate the annual Chinese DuanWu Festival with a successful BBQ picnic and a few fun activities at the Moose Shelter at Detweiller Park. There were about 200 community members, friends, and colleagues joined the event. Authentic Homemade Chinese foods including traditional festival food rice dumpling and on-site BBQ grill, as well as wonderful game activities were enjoyed by both adults and kids. The event was jointly organized by Peoria Chinese Association (PCA) and Caterpillar Chinese Resource Group (CCRG).

 

 

We would like to thank all participants who have attended the picnic. More pictures from the event are available here.

 

Great appreciation goes to all the volunteers whose hard work helped make this event successful. Please read here for the full appreciation letter and volunteer list.

 

Peoria Chinese Association, Caterpillar Chinese Resource Group

 

 

 

2017 Peoria Chinese New Year Appreciation Letter and Volunteer List

 

Our Friends at Peoria Chinese Community:

 

On January 29, 2017 we celebrated Chinese New Year with a successful performance gala. We were really glad to see so many community members, friends, and colleagues joined us at the Dunlap High School Auditorium for this cultural celebration. All of us enjoyed the wonderful performance of 15 talented teams, including stage show, song, dance, and instruments. The Chinese New Year celebration has become the biggest annual event that connects our community together and introduces Chinese culture to community friends. We would like to thank all the 300 performers who have brought so many joyful moments to us. We know the performers collectively had spent more than 7,000 hours practicing, often on weekends and evenings, and many teams started last August. The themed stage show started planning in as early as last April!

 

As we all know volunteers are the backbone behind all of our events, and this year is no exception. This celebration is only successful because of the great help from our volunteers. Volunteers helped planning the event, reserving the place, contacting local media, making stage props, decorating the stages, selling the tickets, organizing the shows, and hosting the VIPs. While it is not possible to have a completed list, we do want to thank the following volunteers for their great help this year. We also apologize as we may have missed some names as so many people have helped this event in so many ways.

 

Peoria Chinese Association, Caterpillar Chinese Resource Group

 

Read more for the full list.

 

 

More pictures from the Gala are available here and great appreciate the volunteers whose hard work helped make this Gala successful.

 

2017 Peoria Chinese New Year Celebration on 01/29/2017

We are happy to announce that Peoria Chinese New Year celebration will be held at 2-4pm on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at Dunlap High School (DHS) Auditorium. You and your family are cordially invited to celebrate Chinese culture heritage together with our community. A dressed rehearsal will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at DHS Auditorium.

 

Thanks for your participation and continued support. Please extend this invitation to every one who may be interested. We look forward to seeing you all on January 29, 2017 at DHS!

 

Chinese Community @ 2016 Ignite Peoria! 13August2016

Co-organized by Peoria Chinese Association and Caterpillar Chinese Resource Group, Peoria Chinese community actively participated in the 2016 Ignite Peoria Event held at Civic Center on Saturday, 13rd August. Numerous volunteers from CCRG and PCA put on a variety of shows ranging from Chinese folk dances, Huangmei Opera, and musical performance on Zither, a Chinese classic musical instrument. We also set up a booth showcasing Chinese Calligraphy demonstrated by local artists as well as other interesting cultural displays, which attracted hundreds of visitors with interest in the Chinese culture. In sum, it was a successful event to bring Chinese community and other diversified groups in Peoria together to enjoy and appreciate the richness of different cultures and local happenings.

 

 

 

 

2016 PCA/CCRG Dragon Boat (Duanwu) Festival Celebration 04June2016

On June 04, 2016, Peoria Chinese community members and friends gathered together to celebrate the annual Chinese DuanWu / Dragon Boat Festival with a successful BBQ picnic and a few fun activities at the Moose Shelter at Detweiller Park. There were about 300 community members, friends, and colleagues joined the event. Authentic Homemade Chinese foods including traditional festival food rice dumpling and on-site BBQ grill, as well as wonderful game activities of paper boat, tug of war, sand volleyball etc. were enjoyed by both adults and kids. The DuanWu Festival picnic and all member meeting has become an annual event that bond our community together more tightly, year after year. The event was jointly organized by Peoria Chinese Association (PCA) and Caterpillar Chinese Resource Group (CCRG).

 

 

More pictures from the event are available here and great appreciate the volunteers whose hard work helped make this event successful.

 

We would like to thank all participants who have attended the picnic.

 

As we all know that volunteers are the backbone behind all of our events, and this year is no exception. This picnic is only successful because of the great help from our volunteers. Volunteers helped planning the event, reserving the place, purchasing and preparing foods, grilling the meat, organizing the games and activities, and cleaning the place after the picnic. While it is not possible to have a completed list, we do want to thank the following volunteers for their great help this year. We also apologize as we may have missed some names as so many people have helped this event in so many ways.

 

Peoria Chinese Association, Caterpillar Chinese Resource Group

 

 

 

 

2016 PCA/CCRG DuanWu Cultural Festival & Annual BBQ

Peoria Chinese Association & CCRG will co-host Duan Wu Jie /Dragon Boast Festival Celebration on June 4th, 2016. We invite you and your family to join us for this traditional celebration. Besides networking with your PCA/CCRG fellows, community members, & catching up with updates, you will also enjoy our signature burgers, pizzas and hot dogs. Please do bring your favorite dish to share.

 


Time, Location, & Fee

 

12:00 ~ 4:00 pm, June 4th 2016

 

Moose Shelter at Detweiller Park, Peoria, IL, 61615

 

$1 per person. Kids under 4 are free

 

Fun games for kids and adults.

 


A bit history of Duan Wu Jie

 

Duan Wu Festival is originated in ancient China more than 2000 years ago. The festival commemorates the poet Qu Yuan (c. 340 - 278 BC) for his patriotism. The tradition of Duan Wuincludes eating Zongzi and participating in boat races. As a matter of fact, CCRG Solar Chapter at San Diego do compete in local dragon boat races.

 

The countries around China, such as Vietnam and Korea, also celebrate variations of this Dragon Boat Festival as part of their shared cultural heritage.

 

 

 

2016 PCA committee
Chair : Jianping Pan
Vice Chairs : Adam Zheng, Zhaoyang Jiang, Tao Hong, Ming Tian, Jason Li, Yingying Kuai,
Lijuan Chen, Yan Xu

 

2016 碧城华人协会委员名单
会长 : 潘建平
副会长 : 郑江,蒋朝阳,洪涛,田铭,李振宇,郐瀛瀛,陈丽娟,徐岩

 

 

 

2016 Peoria Chinese New Year Appreciation Letter and Volunteer List

Our Friends at Peoria Chinese Community:

 

On January 31, 2016 we celebrated Chinese Lunar New Year with a successful performance gala. We were really glad to see so many community members, friends, and colleagues joined us at the Dunlap High School Auditorium for this cultural cerebration. All of us enjoyed the wonderful performance of 18 talented teams, including dragon dance, song, dance, and instruments. The Chinese New Year Gala has become an annual event that bond our community together, year after year. We would like to thank all the 200 performers who have brought so many joyful moments to us. We know these performers collectively had spent more than 6,000 hours practicing, often in weekends and evenings, and many teams started last August!

 

As we all know volunteers are the backbone behind all of our events, and this year is no exception. This celebration is only successful because of the great help from our volunteers. Volunteers helped planning the event, reserving the place, contacting local media, decorating the stages, selling the tickets, organizing the shows, and hosting the VIPs. While it is not possible to have a completed list, we do want to thank the following volunteers for their great help this year. We also apologize as we may have missed some names as so many people have helped this event in so many ways.

 

Peoria Chinese Association, Caterpillar Chinese Resource Group

 

 

 

 

 

More pictures

 

 

 

2016 Peoria Chinese New Year Celebration on 01/31/2016

We are happy to announce that Peoria Chinese New Year celebration will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2016, 2-4pm at Dunlap High School (DHS) Auditorium. You and your family are cordially invited to celebrate Chinese culture heritage together with our community. A dressed rehearsal will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016, 2-4pm at DHS Auditorium.

 

Thanks for your participation and continued support. Please extend this invitation to every one who may be interested. We look forward to seeing you all on January 31, 2016 at DHS!

 

 

 

 

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