Nearly 600 guests and participants gathered Saturday night as the Chinese Club of San Marino hosted its Mid-Autumn Festival dinner and gala at the San Gabriel Hilton. The Hollywood-themed evening featured costume and performance contests, a live auction and a nine-course Chinese dinner. The evening’s costume contest was a huge success. Following the precedent set last year, this year’s contest featured groups of contestants from different community organizations, including Carver parents, Valentine parents, the Rotary Club and Lions Club. Carver had more than 30 Audrey Hepburns who sauntered on stage in grace and style, while 32 Valentine parents and children gave a powerful performance of “This Is Me” from the movie “The Greatest Showman.” Rotary Club members showed off their comedic talents and the Lions Club showcased the beauty and splendor of the Roaring ’20s through song and dance. Ultimately the trophy went to the Carver Audreys. The funds raised will support operation of the club, athletic and arts programs, scholarships and implementation of other educational events and activities. This year marks the club’s 39th anniversary of community service in San Marino and the surrounding neighborhoods. The Chinese Club’s president is Alan Chen and the Mid-Autumn Festival was chaired by Shawn Chou, who also serves as the principal of the Chinese School.
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