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Silk Road Gala 2010

Ranjani Saigal
10/28/2010

SILK ROAD GALA 2010 - A BENEFIT FOR THE
ASIAN TASK FORCE AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence's (ATASK) celebrated its 17th Annual Silk Road Gala this past Saturday, October 23rd at InterContinental Hotel Boston. The event was a smashing success with over $400,000 raised and 500 guests in attendance.  Celebrity Chef Ming Tsai hosted as the Gala Chair, where guests were treated to delicious food prepared by Ming as well as other Boston celebrity chefs including Jody Adams of Rialto, Cambridge, Ting San of Oiishi Boston, Michael Schlow of Via Matta, Radius, and Alta Strada, Jasper White of Summer Shack, Patricia Yeo of Ginger Park, Didier Montarou of InterContinental Boston and Devanand Chinta of Miel "Brasserie Provençale" at InterContinental Boston and capping off the desserts was Joanne Chang of Myers + Chang and Flour Bakery + Café.

Star attendees included Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston Red Sox pitcher;  Gish Jen, author the new book, World and Town; and Jennifer 8. Lee of the Fortune Cookie Chronicles.  Lady Diane Patrick, the keynote speaker, gave a compelling speech about her own experience with domestic violence and touched the hearts of many.

Yet another very compelling argument to support ATASK came from a client of ATASK who shared her tale. "I owe ATASK so much. When I was in trouble and domestic violence threw me on the street in Boston which was an unfamiliar place to me, they provided shelter , mentoring and support. Today I have moved out of their shelter and into a place of my own. I am proud to say that I now attend school and have been able to rebuild my life thanks to ATASK"


The gala was a grand affair and the attendees had a great time enjoying the delectable food, fabulous entertainment and meeting wonderful people. Chef Devanand Chita brought in interesting touch to traditional Indian food in presentation style and addition of interesting sauces. ATASK had its very own Iron Chef competition with the honorable Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino as one of the judges with team Jody Adams and Michael Schlow claiming the winning dish.  The event closed with a ballroom dance performance by Audrey Paek of Visionary Steps, 3rd place winner of this year's US National Championships, and Peter Walker, formerly of the National Ballet of England.

This was one unforgettable evening!

About ATASK

ASIAN TASK FORCE AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENC (ATASK)
The mission of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK) is to provide hope to survivors and prevent domestic violence in Asian families and communities. ATASK is New England's only provider of linguistically and culturally appropriate services and programs for Asian survivors of domestic violence. For domestic violence victims who are unsafe, helpless and hopeless, ATASK offers a safe haven, help and hope over fear.
                                                                              
ATASK offers:
Housing in our emergency shelter
Outreach to Asian communities and a 24-hour multi-lingual helpline
Programs and services that support clients and their children and empower them to live independent lives
Education and training for youth, providers, and the public



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Didier Montarou, Executive Chef, InterContinental Boston, Chef Ming Tsai, 2010 Silk Road Gala Chair, and Devanand Chinta, Chef de Cuisine of Miel "Brasserie Provençale", InterContinental Boston (David Fox Photography).


Meera Venkatraman, PhD, Suffolk University, Paul Lee, ATASK Board/Silk Road 2010 Gala Chair/Goodwin Procter, George Donnelly, Editor of the Boston Business Journal (Kara Delahunt)


Bikram Ray, and Sukanya Ray, PhD, ATASK Board/Suffolk University (Kara Delahunt)


First Lady of Massachusetts Diane Patrick (Kara Delahunt)


Linda Chin, ATASK President and Executive Director (Kara Delahunt)

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