Celebration of Asia Week 2012: Honorary Chair, Cuisine, and Special Guests

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Join us to celebrate the launch of Asia Week in New York City with this exciting signature benefit event: A Celebration of Asia Week

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For further information:
Email: asiaweekbenefit@asiasociety.org
Phone: 212-327-9335


Honorary Chair

New York-based artist Michael Joo uses sculpture, performance and installation to create thoughtful and provocative artworks that touch upon identity and our perceptions of the world. He has exhibited extensively worldwide, from the Whitney Biennial to the Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris. In 2001, Joo represented South Korea at the Venice Biennale, and his installation Bodhi Obfuscatus (Space Baby) won grand prize at the 2006 Gwangju Biennial. In 2010 he opened a two-person exhibition with Damien Hirst in Berlin. He is currently preparing for an exhibition at Blain Southern Gallery opening in London this April.

Photo: Nadine Dinter



Danielle Chang is the founder of LUCKYRICE, a culinary marketing agency that produces the LUCKYRICE Festival, a week-long celebration of Asian culture through cuisine. Entering its third year, LUCKYRICE returns to New York May 1-7, 2012 and will debut on the West Coast this year in Las Vegas on June 23 and Los Angeles on July 21.



Lauded by Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as "a rising young star with a remarkable gift" after their collaboration on the Shaolin Temple Project, jazz singer and composer Le Zhang leads the wave of Chinese artists who bring the power of traditional Chinese musical arts to the home of American jazz.



Donna D'Cruz is a performer/DJ, a "conscious" entertainer, designer, artist, meditation instructor and entrepreneur. Named a "Vogue 100" influencer and a Condé Nast "Trendsetter" by Vogue magazine, D'Cruz has founded one of the world's foremost lifestyle brands, Rasa Living, which focuses on consciousness, entertaining and transformation. Donna also shares a weekly instruction on meditation at the Phoenix House.

Photo: Karin Holberg


Special Guests

Phillip Lim
Anna Sui
Bibhu Mohapatra
Yeohlee Teng
Richard Chai
Anita Yavich


Table Designs By:

Antony Todd
Campion Platt
Donna D'Cruz - Rasa Living
Jim Thompson - Thai Silk Co.
Lee Jean-Gilles - Pierre Paul Interior Design
Lotus Arts de Vivre
Ni Ni Than
Nina Seirafi
Rachel Cho
Robert Kuo
Scott Snyder
Tana Chung
Toujours Magazine
Tracy Stern


Gala Committee

Dinner Chairs
Betsy and Edward Cohen
Stephanie and John Foster

Miranda Wong Tang
Juliana Terian

Senator and Mrs.  John D. Rockefeller IV

Vice Chairs
Ronnie C. Chan/ Morningside Group
Ann and Stephen Curley
Henrietta and Richard Fore
Tom Freston
HealthpointCapital, LLC
John J. Mack
Ruth and Harold Newman
Paulson & Co. Inc.
Christine and Stephen Schwarzman
Lulu and Anthony Wang
Anonymous Donor

Carolyn Hsu-Balcer and René Balcer
Dr. Henry Cheng/ CTF Development Inc.
Vanessa and Henry Cornell
GreenOak Real Estate Advisors
Haunch of Venison
HSW Advisors at HighTower
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky
Mrs. Arthur Ross
Ted Wang

John and Judy Angelo
Christine and Bill Aylward
Tally Beck
Monique and Max Burger
Judith-Ann Corrente and Willem Kooyker
Helen and William Little
Susan E. Lynch
Clare Tweedy McMorris
Peter G. Peterson
Susy and Jack Wadsworth

Arnhold Foundation
Eiko Assael
Max N. Berry
Nancy and Alan Brenner
David Chou
Rohit and Katharine Desai
Neil Ghosh
Barbara Hoffman
Lucia Hwong Gordon
Chiu-Ti Jansen
Soigne and Rajiv Kothari
Mrs. Susan Lehrman
Toby Devan Lewis
Claudine B. Malone
Samuel Mathis
Ruth Anne McKeown
Nahema Mehta
Mevish Mirza
Reshma Patel
Giovanna Randall
Ken Miller and Lybess Sweezy
Kalesan Natesan
Prabhakar S.J.B. Rana
Savannah College of Art and Design
Alan Schriesheim
Barbara and Donald Tober
Anne van Rensselaer
Tiffany & Co.
Alexis Versandi
Helga Wall-Apelt
Richard Weber
Young Yang Chung
Stephanie Zuellig

Special Contributions
Dinner Curated by LUCKYRICE
Reception Music by Le Zhang Quartet
Music and Dancing by Donna D'Cruz
Design and Production by Silhouette Group
Press Relations by Big Bite, Inc.
Auction Donations
           Lotus Arts de Vivre
           Tiffany & Co.
           Van Cleef & Arpels

Benefit Committee
Michael Gorzynski
Linda Lim
Winnie Ma
Polly Onet
Charles P. Rockefeller
Scott Snyder

Steering Committee
Suri Bieler
Nancy Brenner
Betsy Fox
Carolyn Hsu-Balcer
Chiu-Ti Jansen
Soigne Kothari
Ida Liu
Ruth Anne McKeown
Ruth Newman
Reshma Patel
Susan Shin
Susan Standen
Elena Yoon

Asian Art Committee
Chambers Fine Art
Carol Conover
John Eskenazi
Francesca Galloway
Dessa Goddard
Henry Howard-Sneyd
Michael C. Hughes
Suneet Kapoor
Jiyoung Koo
James J. Lally
Katherine Martin
Lark Mason
Joan B. Mirviss
Catherine Sweeney Singer
Nancy Wiener
Athena Zonars


Special Thanks to:

Big Bite, Inc., a communications company providing customized video, media and crisis training tools to maximize positive visibility in a changing business environment.

Silhouette Group, a full-service event planning and lifestyle marketing company based in New York City that specializes in events such as: luxury client entertainment programs, product launches, fashion shows, corporate conferences, non-profit events, galas and experiential marketing campaigns. Their goal is to create experiences that strengthen relationships between brands and the people who matter the most to them.

Polly Onet, President of Ober, Onet & Associates, one of New York's leading event planners, directly responsible for orchestrating weddings, celebrations, charity fundraisers of distinction and corporate events for Fortune 500 companies. She has been profiled in the New York Times, Washington Post, In Style, W, Women's Wear Daily, Quest, Avenue, Manhattan Style and on various television programs.


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