On Saturday, February 1, The Nathan Yip Foundation will celebrate its 12th annual Chinese New Year Gala with performances by the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and a mind-bending 10-year-old contortionist, young Mongolian prodigy, Undraa Battulga.

This, once-a-year gala, held to raise money for the work of the Nathan Yip Foundation, will be held at the Marriott Denver Tech Center, 4900 South Syracuse Street.  Beginning at 5 p.m., guests will be treated to Chinese New Year fare, including the “good luck” salmon salad and further entertained by the magnificent Shaolin Hung Mei Traditional Chinese Lion Dancers.  Silent and live auctions will round out the evening’s events.

Honorary chairs for the 2014 gala are Denver community leaders, Diana and Paul Dockor. Event chairs are Paul Mesard and Margaret Berzins.  Anne Trujillo, anchor for Denver 7News, will be master of ceremonies.  It will be Trujillo’s 12th year as the emcee of this event.

Nathan Yip Foundation Chinese New Year Gala
Nathan Yip Foundation Chinese New Year Gala

This year’s “Red Envelope” raffle will benefit Denver Tech For All, a local Denver organization founded by an extra-ordinary woman, Rose Keating, that works to give every family the means to become skilled and competent in computer use.

About the Nathan Yip Foundation

 Denver residents Jimmy and Linda Yip founded the Nathan Yip Foundation in 2002, after they tragically lost their only child, Nathan, in an automobile accident. Nathan, 19 years old, was a freshman at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

Since Nathan’s death, the Yips have built a Foundation in his name to provide educational access, empowerment and ongoing support to vulnerable youth throughout the world, giving them the tools to become productive, contributing citizens within their communities.  Today, Nathan’s legacy lives on through the many projects funded by the Foundation in his name.

Since inception, the Nathan Yip Foundation has provided support for children in Colorado and around the world.  From the mountainous villages of China, to rural Mexico and Africa, to its home state of Colorado, the Nathan Yip Foundation has been making a difference in the lives of children. In China, the Foundation built, funds, and continuously supports seven schools, two orphanages and recently built a dormitory and cafeteria. The Foundation also built a dormitory in Loreto, Baja Mexico, and supports an orphanage in Juarez, Mexico, as well as other educational projects throughout Africa including a Nathan Yip classroom at the Kibera School for Girls, the first free school for girls in Africa’s largest slum. The Foundation is committed to donating 100% of the funds raised to their projects.

In Colorado, the foundation has provided support for Project Pave, Denver Center for International Studies, Colorado Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Asian Pacific Development Center, Summer Scholars, Escuela de Guadalupe, Colorado Uplift’s My Book Foundation and Colorado Book Trust. 

Cleo Parker Robinson
Cleo Parker Robinson’s Dance Team

Event Details

12th Annual Nathan Yip Foundation Chinese New Year Gala
YEAR OF THE HORSE
Saturday, February 1, 2014 5 p.m.

Denver Marriott Tech Center | 4900 S. Syracuse St. Denver, CO 80237

Lion Dancers, Silent and Live Auctions, Dinner, Emcee: Anne Trujillo, KMGH 7News

Entertainment:

  • “Celebration of Children,” featuring: Mind-bending ten-year-old contortionist Sandy Battulga accompanied by her sister Uyanga, playing violin
  • Cleo Parker Robinson’s Talented Multi-Cultural Dance Team

Tickets: $195  www.nathanyipfoundation.org/events. For more information, call: 303.817-8400.