Thursday, February 09, 2012

GFA Chinese New Year Parties

Happy Lunar New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Everything prospers in a united family; though events do
not happen according to men's calculations. - Chinese Proverb

Dallas Fort Worth
On Saturday, January 14, over 50 people attended the Fort Worth/Dallas GFA Chinese New Year Party held in Gladney's Mabee Hall.  In addition to enjoying a catered Chinese dinner, the Fort Worth Chinese School performed a flag dance and Lion dance, and shared the history, traditions and customs of Chinese New Year. Two of the performers were Gladney "babies".
New York
On Sunday, January 22, over 140 Gladney parents and children gathered at the Jing Fong Restaurant in New York's Chinatown to celebrate Lunar (Chinese) New Year along with the Gladney Asia Program staff and Gladney Family Association's Wendy Lee, from Texas.  Chinese New Year is the time of year families get together, so it was really wonderful to see so many Gladney families enjoying this joyous holiday! 
As we enjoyed yummy Chinese food, an exciting lion dance, beautiful traditional Chinese dances, and fun arts and crafts projects, many generous families spread their joy all the way to Jiangxi Province by donating $500 to Gladney's Superkids charity.  With these donations, more children in need of therapeutic services will benefit.  For that, Gladney would like to give a big THANK YOU!  If you'd like to make a donation or learn more about this initiative, click here.

On Saturday, February 4, GFA members in Houston met for a small, casual lunch at Hunan's Restaurant.  The kids had fun coloring and decorating dragons while parents mingled.

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