Community, Soul, & Elegance Recap

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Thank you for joining us for Community, Soul, & Elegance!  This year, we had over 400 people in attendance and raised more than $180,000!

Check out our honoree videos and acceptance speeches! Pictures from the night’s festivities can be found in the “Photo Gallery & Videos” section below!

2017 Honorees

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Gerald "Jerry" Lee (posthumous)

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Jerry grew up on Kearny Street, near Fresno Alley, in the North Beach/Chinatown neighborhood with his parents and four sisters. He attended Washington Irving Elementary School, Francisco Jr. High, Galileo High School, City College, and San Francisco State University. Jerry was active in extracurricular activities throughout his education. He was the “king of kickball,” a member of the track and swim teams, the photographer for the school paper, and a yell leader. He pumped gas, parked cars in a Chinatown garage, and worked at a couple of restaurants as a bus boy. Jerry was a practical joker and enjoyed life. At a young age, it was clear he was motivated to work hard (though not necessarily at academics), take on challenges, persevere, and make a difference in his life and the lives of others.

In 1975 Jerry married Beverly and they had three children: Kimberly, Corbett and Bennett.

Jerry began his career at UPS as a loader during the evenings while attaining his college education. Throughout his 43 years at UPS, Jerry took on many roles and responsibilities including: creating computer related applications utilized by UPS workers all over the country, special assignments at the corporate and regional levels, supervision of loaders, industrial engineering, revenue recovery, human resources and teaching.

In addition to his work at UPS, Jerry was active in the community. He was an Executive on Loan to the City of San Francisco, helped Mayor Art Agnos establish the Department of Parking and Traffic, served as chair of the City’s Taxi Committee, and was appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom and reappointed by Mayor Ed Lee to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors. Jerry was recognized for his work as the United Way Coordinator and the Congressional Awareness Coordinator. As Northern California’s Community Affairs Manager, he reached out to the state’s non-profit organizations, extended grants and sponsorships and coordinated teams of volunteers on weekends to support the work of the community. He emphasized assistance to agencies that provided health and human services, such as Cameron House.

Jerry was a strong supporter of Cameron House, served on its Board of Directors, and helped in Cameron House’s UPS partnership program twice a year.

Other local nonprofits that Jerry actively supported were: APA Family Support Services, Self-Help for the Elderly, Chinatown Community Development Center, Community Youth Center of San Francisco, Wu Yee Children’s Services, United Way of the Bay Area, Have a Ball Foundation, Salvation Army, Glide Memorial Church, the San Francisco Junior Giants, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, On Lok, Boys & Girls Club, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and the Asian Police Officers Association.

Jerry was also involved with the SF Chinese New Year Parade and the Mayor’s Office. His participation with the community throughout his life impacted many people over the years. We miss his physical presence with us, but his dynamic impact continues.

Rev James and Tina Shum

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James and Tina Shum grew up together in the same church in Hong Kong. That church is one of the historical congregations established by the London Mission Society back in 1888. This old congregation’s variety of ministries inspired them to learn about mission and evangelization of the gospel. Many people remember James and Tina participating in the church’s youth fellowship, choir, mission programs, Sunday School and Endeavor Bible Study Fellowship.

James graduated from Chung Chi Theological Seminary of the Chinese University in Hong Kong in 1969. He began his ministry in a Historical Village Church in Yuen Long where he served as a Pastor in Charge for two years. While there, James was mentored by Rev. Dr. Franklin Woo and Rev. T.K. Chiu. At the beginning of 1971, Rev. T.K Chiu encouraged James to come to the United States to attend Confab ’71, a conference of the National Conference of Chinese Churches in North America that took place in Pacific Palisades, California. (Confab impressed James so much that he later served on the board of Confab and as chair-person for two different terms.) After the Confab meeting, James travelled from Los Angeles to San Francisco and lived at Cameron House as a volunteer for two months. During this time James explored the ministry of Cameron House and was inspired by those, both past and present, who served at Cameron House and the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown. Upon his return to Hong Kong, James began his ministry and served for eight years at the China Congregational Church. In the Summer of 1979, James returned to the United States, to answer the call to serve the Chinese Presbyterian Church (CPC) of Oakland, CA.

While at CPC, James represented the Presbytery of San Francisco at the Synod of the Pacific for 12 years. In 1998, he earned his Doctorate in Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. James has served as one of the Police Chaplains for the Oakland Police Department since 1995 and is still very active. For the past 9 years, James has used his annual vacation time to further his ministry as a visiting lecturer on Chinese Church History and Homiletics at Sabah Theological Seminary in Sabah, Malaysia. After thirty years, James retired from CPC in September 2009.

Tina attended the Baptist College in Hong Kong where she studied Social Work and Recreation. She graduated in 1973, shortly after James proposed to marry her. Tina remained in Hong Kong to serve as the Director of Emergency Shelter for Seniors, operated by the Salvation Army Corp. She also worked as the Program Secretary for one of the local YMCA youth programs. After moving from Hong Kong to California in 1979, Tina worked for at Asians for Job Opportunities in Berkeley until 1980, when the Rev. Dr. Ernest Wu and Rev. Dr. Harry Chuck invited her to serve at Cameron House.

Tina’s connection to Cameron House had roots long before that invitation. She and James recall happily that they enjoyed their honeymoon living in a suite in Cameron House which faced the Transamerica Building; later, that same suite became a social service office in Cameron House! Most of all, Tina said it was her Christian faith that motivated her to accept the invitation to work at Cameron House for over three decades as a Case Manager in the Social Services Department. During this time, Tina was also actively involved with other community advocates which supported women and children experiencing domestic violence and human trafficking; counseled gamblers and their family members who had gambling problems; assisted in a research study conducting educational classes to help overseas-born Chinese manage their diabetes through behavioral changes; and provided encouragement and support to many individuals and families to thrive and live self-sufficiently.

James and Tina continue to play a major role in strengthening and rebuilding people’s lives.

Lindsey Quock

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Lindsey is in her final semester of law school at UC Berkeley Boalt Hall. Recently, through the East Bay Community Law Center, she helped defend low-income Oakland Chinatown single room occupancy (SRO) residents against landlord abuse and eviction.

Lindsey grew up in Cameron House’s Friday Night Club Program and Ventures Day Camp—first as a day camp kid and then a leader. A 3rd generation San Franciscan, she lived on the other side of the city (Alice Fong Yu Alternative School, University High School). However, she spent her weekends and summers in Chinatown. You could find her crafting prizes for a Cameron Carnival booth, planning activities in the park for daycamp, distributing food her group collected for Harvest Home, playing guitar for worship, or spending her allowance on her favorite snacks at the corner grocer.

Being part of the Chinatown community has been a grounding force behind Lindsey’s dedication to social justice. An avid environmentalist from a young age, Lindsey introduced food and paper towel composting to her high school, Cameron House, and the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown (PCC). And it was on a Chinatown SRO tour led by Cameron House alum Reverend Norman Fong where Lindsey was inspired to become a lawyer.

Lindsey graduated from UC Santa Barbara with highest honors, majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Asian American Studies. While there, she worked as a research assistant for Diane Fujino on the intersection of the Asian American and Black Power Movements. She was also deeply involved in community organizing. Lindsey served as Chair of the Isla Vista Tenants Union and fought against unjust mass evictions. She also co-founded a coalition of students and campus workers to demand fair compensation for service employees. In addition, she led a campaign that compelled the UC to adopt a sweatshop-free policy for its logoed apparel.

Lindsey’s community activism also extended to voter participation and higher education. She was elected student body Vice President of Local Affairs, where she created a non-partisan voter guide and helped register thousands of students to vote. During the recent recession, she organized students to protest harmful budget cuts. Her work earned her several university awards for distinguished leadership, service, and scholarship.

After college, Lindsey worked in Washington, D.C. as a Civil Rights Analyst at the U.S. Department of Justice. She enforced the Voting Rights Act and prevented racially discriminatory voter ID laws and redistricting plans from taking effect. She also visited polling sites across the country to ensure that voters had Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish language assistance.

Lindsey is the younger daughter of Winchell and Jeanne Quock. With her sister, Lauren, she carries on the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown’s Christmas Eve jook tradition. After graduation, she will remain in the Bay Area to pursue her interest in housing and community development. She will work at the law firm Perkins Coie in its real estate and land use practice.

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Thank You for Supporting Community, Soul, & Elegance!

Thank you to everyone for supporting this year’s Gala!  We hope that everyone had fun and that those who weren’t able to make it can join us next year.  Check out our Gala recap to relive the fun!