The Garden’s goal is to complete the east side of the Friendship Wall in spring 2013. We estimate space for 80 to 90 more bricks, and yours could fill one of the remaining spaces. Later orders will begin filling the west side of the wall.
Your donation will be seen by your children, your grandchildren, the Northwest community and visitors from around the world. Your brick will help build a community gem that will enhance Seattle’s standing as a primary U.S gateway to China and celebrate its rich Chinese heritage. These bricks will be part of a stunning destination – a chance to enjoy “time in China” in the beautiful Sichuan-style coming together space we call Knowing the Spring Courtyard.
Be a part of building the Garden, a chance to demonstrate our region’s deepening friendship and growing business ties with the fastest growing economy in the world – brick by brick!
Chinese Community Raises $45,000 at Brick Campaign Kickoff
A crowd of around 300 people filled the House of Hong Restaurant on June 19, 2011 in a strong show of support for the Seattle Chinese Garden. This community kickoff event for the garden’s Brick Campaign raised more than $45,000 toward construction of Knowing the Spring Courtyard. Attendees ordered more than 100 personally inscribed bricks honoring family or friends, and orders are still coming in. The bricks will be set in a recognition wall near the courtyard entrance.
“We are thrilled by this enthusiastic response from the Chinese community and the family associations and organizations,” said Jon Geiger, president of the Seattle Chinese Garden Society. “Three pairs of community leaders catalyzed fundraising by contributing a total of $15,000 in matching funds for the first 100 bricks sold. We extend a big thank you to Jerry and Charlene Lee, MulvannyG2; Benjamin Lee, Hong Kong Association of Washington; and Yale and Laura Wong, General Biodiesel.
Other community leaders who had key organizing roles for the event are Tan Tho Tien, Sun Food Trading Company; Wei Fang, Washington State China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification; and Faye Hong, Hop Sing Tong.
The event opened with a traditional lion dance by directed by Tony Au, master of the International School of Martial Arts. Special guest of honor at the dinner, Consul General Gao Zhansheng of the People’s Republic of China Consulate in San Francisco, told the crowd that the Seattle Chinese Garden will become a “landmark symbolizing the many important ties between China and our region and state.”
Consul General Gao Opens the Brick Campaign Dinner
Attendees also contributed to the courtyard funding through a live auction of eight pieces of Chinese art, including a beautiful porcelain vase and a double-sided embroidered silk screen donated by Consul General Gao. For an inside the Chinese community perspective on the event, see a recent Northwest Asian Weekly blog: garden