Banquet Will Give Chinatown’s Youth A ‘Home’

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Visitors to Chinatown are familiar with the dashing Lion Dance performances of the Philadelphia Suns in Asian community parades. But there’s much more to the Suns than that.
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The Suns are Chinatown’s youth group. For 42 years now they have been providing a host of athletic and cultural activities for youngsters with a special set of needs.

The Philadelphia Suns will hold their annual Banquet Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Ocean City Restaurant, 234 N. 9th Street. For $50 ($30 for students), participants can play a proud role in maintaining the social, recreational, educational and community-service programs of this upstanding organization.

This year the Suns are pledging all of the proceeds towards the Eastern Tower Community Center, the place they will be calling their “home court” for basketball, volleyball and other sports. This is a large mixed-use project that will finally give youth in the Chinatown area a great indoor recreation facility in which to play. Currently, unlike most youth in the City, the Suns have to travel to distant places like Northern Liberties or Kensington to find places to play and practice.

The Philadelphia Suns have been able to provide highly impactful programs despite this fact. Without this youth program, delinquency, gang involvement and drop outs would definitely be more prevalent. They hope their programs will have an even bigger positive impact with a new regulation size basketball/sports court, technology learning lab (with exciting robotics component), exercise and play equipment, a cultural heritage space and a green roof.

Youth already come from around the City and even Camden to play and learn in a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all, including recent immigrants and English language learners and having a “Home” is essential and an issue of equity for the youth (and elders).

“You may also know the ETCC will provide a one-stop place for health and medical care, a top-rated expanding Keystone 4 Star pre-school, senior programs and exercise programs that will grow from the On Lok senior-housing project, cultural-arts programming that connects with Chinatown’s cultural heritage and newcomers too, retail and restaurant space that serves the community and 143 new residential units,” explained activist Andy Toy. “The ETCC will be a 24-7 space that creates the critical mass to jump-start the redevelopment of Chinatown North, which has been cut off for years since the Expressway was built.”

The Philadelphia Suns reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. with drinks and cocktails. Dinner will be served promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Please contact Carol Wong ( for sponsorships, tickets or other contributions. Checks should be made payable to The Philadelphia Suns and mailed to 1018 Winter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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