Happy Lunar New Year of the Fire Rooster!
Celebrate the new year with us at APIQWTC’s 30th banquet!
The banquet will be hosted at Mission Rehearsal event space also known as “Sons of Italy” and “5051 Mission” in the Excelsior District of San Francisco.
Event offerings include:
– Buffet Dinner!
– Silent Auction!
– Live Community Performances!
– Announcement of Student Scholarships!
– Recognition of Banquet Beneficiary to the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA)!
– Presentation of the Phoenix Award!
– Raffle Prize Drawings!
– Speed Dating!
– After Party!
For general Banquet info, email .
APIQWTC is an all-volunteer grassroots group. Proceeds from this fundraiser directly supports more student scholarships and more community events!
This event is: ADA accessible, scent-free, vegetarian friendly.
- When & Where
- Ticket Info
- Phoenix Award Honorees
- Community Beneficiary
- Scholarship & Awardees
- Performance Lineup
- Donate Products & Services
- Place An Ad / Placement on Pets Page
- Sign Up to Volunteer
- After Party
The APIQWTC Year of the Rooster Lunar New Year Banquet will be on:
Time: 5pm to 12am
Location: Mission Rehearsal AKA “5051 Mission” and “Sons of Italy” Event Hall
5051 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94112 [map]
(1 block away from the intersection of Mission/Geneva)
Public Transit Options:
Via BART from Balboa Park Station:
15 min walk to venue
5 min bus ride (8, 28R, 43, 54) to the intersection of Mission/Geneva
14 Mission Lines stops in front of venue
8, 43, 54 Lines stop 1-1/2 blocks from venue
From the freeway:
Take the Geneva/Ocean Exit from 280.
If you need a non-ADA accessible car pickup from Balboa BART station between 4:30-5:30 pm, contact Caresse at by 4/21 at 5pm.
This event is:
- ADA accessible
- Vegetarian, gluten-free friendly
(Trans and youth are encouraged to attend.)
**See this site for description and guidelines for being scent-free: http://goo.gl/ZyDsHa
We have several sponsorship levels.
Be a PLATINUM Level Sponsor! PLATINUM Level Sponsors will be recognized for your generous support in the banquet program under the “Thank You Sponsors” section. Of course, if you choose to be an anonymous sponsor, we will gladly honor your wish.
Purchase tickets here:
To pay by check, print and mail this form: https://goo.gl/td6mln
|Early Bird (3/1 to 3/20)||$50|
|General (3/21 to 4/22)||$55|
|PLATINUM Level Sponsor||$100 (Includes VIP Parking & Recognition in The Program)|
|Rooster Table (Table for 10)||$60 per person (10 tickets required for $600 total)|
|Students / Seniors 65+||$30 (Please present ID at the door)|
|Children (3-13 yrs old)||$20 (Younger than 3 years old – FREE)|
|*Donation-Based* Speed Dating||$5.00 Recommended Donation (Limited to 50 Participants)|
Contact if would like to attend the banquet and are experiencing financial hardship.
No refunds after 4/15/2017.
Questions regarding tickets? Email Mika at
Phoenix Award Honorees
Congratulations to the founding editors of Phoenix Rising — Lori Lai, May Lee, Susan Lee, Pam Nishikawa, Gisele Pohan, Marie Shim, Doreena Wong, and Zee Wong — our 2017 Phoenix Award Honorees!
In winter 1984, a handful of women gathered to establish a newsletter to claim a flourishing space for Asian/Pacific lesbian community. They were part of a group called Asian/Pacific Sisters founded just a few years earlier, perhaps the first and certainly the largest grassroots organization of its kind at the intersection of lesbian and Asian. The newsletter titled Phoenix Rising aimed to connect, support, and build the Asian/Pacific queer women’s community in the San Francisco Bay Area, long before the advent of social media. In its early years, the publication served as a significant platform for queer A/PI voices. Dykes, lesbians, and queers forged identities, sought out partners, and developed livelihoods in articles that shared both personal experiences and political philosophies. While conventional history cites strict families, immigrant values, and feminine submission as preventing Asian lesbians from coming out and demanding visibility, Phoenix Rising defied these stereotypes and boldly asserted that in fact A/PI queer women’s lives matter. Editors of Phoenix Rising, proudly posted their real names, declared themselves as feminists, and supported Asian Women’s Study/Support groups during an age when homophobia, anti-Asian animosity, and misogyny existed acceptably in media, government, and policy. More than 44 issues that ran across a decade gave voice to queer Asian women and broke down barriers in both ordinary and extraordinary ways. The 2017 Phoenix Award honors the founding editors of Phoenix Rising – Lori Lai, May Lee, Susan Lee, Pam Nishikawa, Gisele Pohan, Marie Shim, Doreena Wong, and Zee Wong.
APIQWTC Phoenix Award
The Phoenix Award honors API queer women and transgender individuals who have made outstanding contributions of historical significance to the Asian Pacific Islander queer women and transgender community. The Phoenix symbolizes virtue, grace, integrity, and peace. The mythical bird additionally signifies divine beauty in its symbolic incorporation of opposing forces – yin and yang, male and female, conflict and happiness – to create harmony and balance. Awardees embody the qualities of the Phoenix, in their power and commitment to inspire faith and incite action towards justice.
ASATA is our 2017 banquet’s community beneficiary!
About ASATA – http://www.asata.org/
ASATA, the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, is a San Francisco Bay Area all-volunteer group working to educate, organize, and empower the Bay Area South Asian communities to end violence, oppression, racism and exploitation within and against our diverse communities.
SPECIAL THANKS to all supporters of the Silent Auction and Raffle and other APIQWTC-sponsored events, all of which support the scholarship program.
Donate to the scholarship fund at the Banquet!
A portion of Banquet proceeds goes to the APIQWTC Scholarship fund to support queer API women and transgender people in their pursuit of technical/professional training or higher education. The scholarship aims to recognize active community members and encourage future leaders. The scholarship fund is strictly segregated from the APIQWTC general operating fund. For more info, contact Junior Claros at .
Marika Buchholz and Momo HoshiPerformers
Donate Products or Services as Prizes
Support our Banquet Silent Auction! This is a fun part of the event and we thank our community donors for making it possible.
APIQWTC is a non-profit, volunteer-based Bay Area group for nearly 600 Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT individuals, and the banquet attracts over 200 attendees each year from throughout the wider Bay Area.
In past years, our banquet SILENT AUCTION and RAFFLE have raised funds for scholarships and organizations dedicated to social justice causes. This year’s proceeds will support This year’s beneficiary is ASATA, the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (http://www.asata.org/), a San Francisco Bay Area all-volunteer group working to educate, organize, and empower the Bay Area South Asian communities to end violence, oppression, racism and exploitation within and against our diverse communities. We enthusiastically invite you to contribute your talents, skills, and resources to our auction and raffle!!
What can I donate, you ask?
- GIFT CERTIFICATES
- HOME ITEMS
- GIFTS FOR CHILDREN/PET
- and MORE!!
Donations are tax deductible.
If you have a potential auction/raffle item or know of any individuals or businesses that might be willing to donate items, and if you are interesting in helping out with the auction, please contact: Tracy at .
Thank you for your support!
APIQWTC Banquet 2017 Silent Auction & Raffle Committee
Requesting Banquet Volunteers!
APIQWTC peeps –
We are counting down to our Annual APIQWTC Lunar Year Banquet Extravaganza on April 22! This year, we’ll be in a new space at the Mission Rehearsal Hall (AKA 5051 Mission and Sons of Italy)in San Francisco.
To make this event a success, we rely on the support of our fabulous volunteers – such as you! Yes, you!
Do you have time to help out with the Setup/Decoration, Silent Auction, Raffle, Outreach, Registration, Green (Sustainability) Team, Speed Dating <3, Entertainment, etc? Whatever interests you, we’ll match you up with the committee leads.
Please send me a short email with your contact information and interests and I’ll pair you up with our committees. This is a great way to meet new people and contribute to the API queer community.
On behalf of the APIQWTC Banquet Committee – Thank you!
Contact Info: Christine at