Monday, July 13, 2009

Thank You Note from Mai Du, Director of Youth Programs, American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay

2009 Urban Art Competition A Success!

Hello 2009 Urban Art Competition Co-Sponsors and Supporters!

I would like to sincerely thank each of our co-supporters, organizers, and supporters for making the 2009 Urban Art Competition a success! Saturday was a gorgeous day and everyone who came out to Lincoln Commons seemed to have a real enjoyable time. The atmosphere was one of serenity, fun relaxation, artistic creation, and of course, caring community!

I will share pictures soon as they are mostly on and right now. Lots of great pictures!

Special thanks to all the organizations and individuals who made this event a success!! Thanks for the food donations!! Many thanks to Friends of Oak Grove, Inc. and particularly Pat and Paul for helping to pick up and drop off the art boards…and the Sound system! Kevin, thanks for the meatballs and rolls! Mei for the pasta! Salads from FOOGI and Kathy Strissel! Amy Tran for the cake and coffee rolls! Many thanks to Marc Fernandez, Nate, and Glen from the Red Cross for the food management!

Many thanks to Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy students and parents for their participation, Boston Improv for their creative involvement, youth talents and singers, and more!!

Many thanks to Anne and MATV! Thanks Melody and Asian Spectrum! …for all the video filming!

Thanks to the fantastic support from City Council Gary Christenson & Jim Nestor; School Committee Peg Crowe, Steve Ultrino & Kevin Duffy—this was a fantastic turnout from elected officials!!!

Thanks to Stacy Gilchrist with Window Arts of Malden for coming out and supporting the event. Stacy invited for some art work to be displayed for the upcoming Window Arts event!

Many thanks to Sand T and Kathy Strissel from Malden Cultural Council to serve as our adult judges along with Stephanie Tran as the youth judge.

Big thank you to all the youth who came out to express themselves!! On Saturday, we had about 100 people who came out from all over…youth from Malden, Everett, Saugus, Somerville, Boston, Lincoln-Sudbury, Medford, Winthrop, and Chelsea! It was great diversity in all regards!!

Finally, big thanks to a selected number of Youth A.C.T. members who worked especially hard to make everything possible:
Matthew Chan
Andrea So
Sam Kasuli
Diana Jeong
Thuy Nguyen
Stephenson Kim
If I missed anyone, please forgive me and please know that you are appreciated and I am sure you know how you have made the event a success for our youth and our community.

Love and peace.

Mai Du
Director of Youth Programs
American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay
139 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
(T) 617-274-5320
(F) 617-274-5250