Chinese United Association of Greater Phoenix (CUAGP) was hosting the Fourth of July Celebration at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on July 4th, 2014. Over 500 people attended and celebrated the Nation’s birthday at the church. CUAGP has been hosting the Fourth of July Celebrations since its inception in 1968.
Through months of preparation, numerous volunteers, and generous donations from various organizations and donors, the 2014 Fourth of July celebration program is a great success!
CUAGP President David Yee, Vice President Raymond Tang, Treasurer Ken Cheng, and Food coordinator April Taylor are preparing variety of foods before the celebration program.
BBQ and Smell that Smoke! Over 500 hot dogs and hamburgers are fresh off the grill. Can you recognize who are those volunteers behind the smoke?
American friends are gathering to help and celebrate the Fourth of July at the church with CUAGP.
Advocating Chinese culture.
Special Thanks to Desert Jade Women’s Club! Volunteers from Desert Jade Women’s Club display dedication and enthusiasm on a continual basis.
Fourth of July Committee Chairman Tony Tang and Food Coordinator April Taylor are the driving force to the great success of the 2014 Fourth of July Celebration, taking care things from organizing the event to emptying trash cans.
Special Thanks to CUAGP Vice President David Cui, Art Contest volunteers and participants, more than 90 pieces of beautiful art works are submitted for the Joan Yen Memorial Youth Art Contest this year!
Fourth of July Celebration attendees are participated at the Mahjong competition, Karaoke, Ping pong, and water volleyball!
Lunch is here! Delicious foods like hot dog, hamburgers, BBQ pull pork, fired rice, Chow Mein, and watermelon are continuously refilled at the buffet lines during the Fourth of July Celebration. Who said there is no free lunch?
Full house at the Cultural Hall of the church. Additional room is added to provide space for large number of participants. Everyone gathered to relax and have fun at the CUAGP annual Fourth of July Celebration.
Lion dance performed by the Chinese Senior Citizens Lion Dance Troupe, leading by drummer, Mr. Xibang Tang.
MCs Annie White and John H. Tang.
National Anthem performed by Kayla King.
Members of American Legion Thomas Tang Post 50 present colors.
Welcome speech by CUAGP President David Yee.
CUAGP Vice President David Cui awarding participants of Joan Yen Youth Memorial Art Contest.
Margaret Liu presents prizes to Mahjong competition winners.
Community leader John M. Yee, CUAGP advisors John H. Tang, Helen Zhang, President David Yee and Miss Phoenix Chinese.
Chinese Senior Citizens Mandarin Chorus perform “God Bless America”.
Kids dance “Hero” by Hope Chinese School students.
Solo vocal “Shanghai Beach” by Victoria Valead.
“Peacock Dance” by Karina Tang.
Solo vocal “Colors of the Wind” by Kayla King.
Raffle drawing during recess.
Beijing opera “Lonely Queen” by GPCCC.
MC Annie White’s Cantonese comedy song “Gambler’s Issue” has audience rocking with laughter.
Community leader John M. Yee saves the “Gambler”.
The cultural hall explodes with applause and screams when special guest performer, Jialin Li, performing “Michael Jackson: Dangerous”.
Line dance “What Does the Fax Say” by Ling Lynne Win and Happy Dancing Group.
Chinese Musical Instruments “The Purple Bamboo” and “Jasmine Flower” by The Chinese Orchestra.
Solo dance “At A Place Far Far Away” by Tina Peng.
Special Thanks to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for providing the site and other generous support!
Special Thanks especially to the missioners who volunteer at the celebration!
Our most sincerely Thank you to AZ Premier Catering, Gary Stewart, April Taylor, Diane Stewart, and all volunteers who helped at the 2014 Fourth of July Celebration!!!
By Homer Zhang