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Lunar New Year Gala Fundraiser 2014

Friends of Mandarin Scholars

Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

Lunar New Year Gala Fundraiser 2014

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Event Ticket Sponsorship for Teachers, Staff, & Community Leaders Ended $75.00 $2.49
Tax-Deductible Donation Ended
Tax-Deductible Donation Ended $25.00 $1.49

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Event Details

Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 6:00-10:00pm

Bayview Dining Room at College of San Mateo

1700 West Hillsdale Boulevard, San Mateo

Celebrate the Lunar New Year and enjoy a fun-filled evening with other parents and community leaders interested in supporting Mandarin learning in San Mateo Foster City School District, featuring:

  • Guest Speakers: Assemblywoman, Fiona Ma and News Journalist, David Louie
  • Seated 3-Course Dinner
  • Live Performances, Music & Dancing
  • Silent & Live Auction  


For more information about Friends of Mandarin Scholars and our goals for the year, please see our website:

We look forward to celebrating with you!


FMS Board Members (Cari Pang Chen, T. Van Do, Tom Bunyavanich, Eric Tsai, Jenny Wong, and Vita Blake) 


Are children invited to the event?

This event is for adults only.  Childcare options include:

KICKS Taekwondo                                               PJCC-Foster City

2300 Palm Ave., San Mateo                                  800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City

*Exclusive to College Park Families                   *Open to the Public

5:30 - 10:30pm                                                        6 - 10pm

Ages 4 and up                                                         Ages 3 -10

$35 per child/ $50 with sibling                                 $35 per child/ Sibling $30 *members get $7 disc.

Pizza and Drinks Provided                                      Dinner and Dessert

Activities Include: Paddle & Dodge Ball,                 Activities Include:  Games, Movie

Arts & Crafts                                                           *Reg. required, rates increase at noon, Jan. 24th

Limited to 40 kids                                                    Limited to 39 kids 

Pay Kicks Directly, Day of

What is the format of the event?

The gala will include a sit-down 3-course plated meal, complete with dancing and entertainment through the evening.  Special guests will be joining us through the evening, and we will have a great silent auction as well as a live auction for some very exciting vacation packages.  

What should I wear?

Cocktail attire or your favorite dance outfit and dancing shoes are encouraged.

What kind of seating will be available at the event?

Tables of ten can be reserved and will receive priority seating near the stage.  Individuals interested in being grouped together can add a "group name" (e.g., "CP Room 13" or "CP Ladies' Night Out" etc.) to identify themselves to the event organizers when seating arrangements are being made.  In general, most individual seating will be grouped by grade level or community connection (eg After-School programs, district supporters, etc.) to supporting the Mandarin programs in SMFCSD.    


What is the menu for the event?


Appetizer Station - chicken satay, spring rolls, cheese & Crackers

Asian Salad

Choice of Entree: Pan-Seared 5-Spice Chicken, Grilled Salmon, Broiled Teriyaki Steak, or Grilled Teriyaki Tofu

Sides: Brown Rice, Wasabi Mashed Potato, Marinated & Grilled Vegetables

Cake, Coffee & Tea Service

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

No ID requirement. Please note this is an adults-only event. We encourage families to put together playdates or find other childcare options so that you may enjoy an evening out.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Free parking is available in the adjacent parking lots.  

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact Cari Pang Chen, FMS Board Chair, at 650-274-8643 (cell) or

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No. Purchasing your ticket here confirms your registration for the event. However, please note that the tax-deductible value of the ticket is $25 and may be claimed with a copy of the ticket. Our EIN/Tax ID is 45-2465260. A more detailed letter may be provided upon request for tax purposes.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Please call/text 650-274-8643 or e-mail if you plan to send someone else in your place for the actual event.

Is my donation tax-deductible?
All or part of your gift may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution.  Please check with your tax advisor.  Whether goods or services were provided in exchange for your generous donation may impact what may be claimed as tax-deductible.  Please note that in some cases, items like program book ads may also be written off as business or advertising expenses.  Again - it is always best to check with your tax advisor for guidance.   

I'd like my company to match my donation - what's the best way to do this?
For your convenience, you have the option to make an online donation via Eventbrite.  Please note that there are two types of fees charged by eventbrite for this purpose: Eventbrite fees (2% nonprofit rate plus $0.99 per ticket) + credit card fees (3% of ticket value).  Please check out the "Donations" page of the FMS website to learn more about how to donate to FMS, including a link to corporations we know that will match donations to FMS.  Typically the corporate matching information is available through your Human Resources or Community Relations departments.  Our EIN/Tax ID is 45-2465260. The mailing address is 715 Indian Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401, and the primary contact should be Cari Pang Chen, FMS Board Chair.  We can provide a detailed acknowledgement letter via e-mail or mail upon request.


Have questions about Lunar New Year Gala Fundraiser 2014? Contact Friends of Mandarin Scholars

When & Where

Bayview Dining Room at College of San Mateo
2nd Floor, Building 10, College Center
1700 West Hillsdale Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94402

Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

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