Auctioning for a Great Cause

Hi ONEin3,

My name is Anna Lam and I am a 3L at Suffolk Law School. I will be contributing periodic blogs on my life here as a grad student and some of the things I’m interested and involved in. I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you in the comments section below, so don’t be shy!

Diane Patrick at the Podium

On October 23rd, I had the privilege to attend the 2010 Silk Road Gala at the InterContinental Boston. This annual event is sponsored by the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence or ATASK. The Silk Road Gala is the primary annual fundraiser for ATASK, in support of the many programs and services provided to the survivors of domestic violence that it serves. This is a well respected organization that serves Asian families and people in Massachusetts who are victims of domestic abuse.

Mini Iron Chef

The Silk Road Gala event was indeed a wonderful evening! This year’s event proved to be a great turn out and everybody had great fun. Every year, the Gala invites famous chefs from all over MA and allows attendees to sample great food while mingling with new and old friends. The chefs this year included Ming Tsai, Ting San, Michael Schlow¸ Joanne Chang, Jody Adams, Jasper White, Patricia Yeo, Didier Montarou, and Devanand Chinta. First Lady of Massachusetts Diane Patrick gave the keynote address.

This year’s Gala was similar to previous years’ format, with silent & live auctions, chef stations, and lots of entertainment. The Gala also featured a mini Iron Chef competition wherein the chefs engaged in friendly competition against each other.

I believe the highlight of the event was when a young survivor of domestic abuse spoke to the crowd about how ATASK has helped her escape domestic violence and how the organization has helped her become independent. The survivor is now in college taking classes at Harvard Extension School and is living on her own. It was a testament as to what an organization like ATASK can do and how normal individuals like us can help other low income people escape the horrors of domestic violence and abuse.

Overall, the Gala was indeed a wonderful celebration of culture, food and fun…as the pictures below can attest……and all for a great cause!!!

–Anna

Photos courtesy of Jen Mau, also a third year law student at Suffolk University Law School

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