WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area Chinese American Association (WACAA) hosted its first ever fundraising event Sunday afternoon at the Presbyterian Church of Westfield.
The association reached its fundraising goal of $1,000, which will be designated for scholarships for students graduating from Westfield High School and schools in neighboring towns.
“We began five years ago as a way to bridge the connection with the local Chinese-American community,” said WACAA President Sarah Wu. “We have about 100 member families from Westfield and surrounding communities like Cranford and Scotch Plains.”
Approximately 40 attendees were treated to a feast of homemade Chinese delicacies, cooked by 15 members of WACAA, who volunteered to create dishes representing different regions and flavors of China.
“Our organization is fairly young,” said WACAA Secretary Claire Zhuang. “This is our first attempt at a fundraising event, and we’re starting small-scale, but we hope this will become an annual event.”
WACAA member and Westfield resident Catherine Chen works for the Edison-based multicultural office of AIG, and facilitated the company’s sponsorship of Sunday’s event. The Presbyterian Church donated the use of their assembly room for the group.
The WACAA participated in the recent Multicultural Festival in Westfield, and has been a part of Diversity Day at Westfield High School. They donate English language books to local schools to introduce Chinese culture to students. The group's members celebrate Chinese New Year and Moon Festival together each year, and enjoy a summer picnic each June.
Additionally, the WACAA recently made a $5,000 donation, collected from members, to the family of late Westfield High School Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson.