Seattle Yee Fung
Toy Family Association 2017 News Page
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Yee Fung Toy Family
Association Headquarters Spring Banquet
The 2017 U.S.YFT senior leadership
meeting and Spring Banquet was held on March
11 and March 13, 2017.
From Seattle, Grand Advisor James
Yee and Grand Advisor Fred Yee (wife Clara)
attended this annual event.
The senior leadership was
successfully held on March 11. The Spring
Banquet was held at two restaurants, New Asia
新亞洲 and Peninsula
Restaurant with over 100 tables.
Many political and community
dignitaries were in attendance. U. S. Yee Fung
Toy Chapters attended include Boston/New
England, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles,
Stockton, Sacramento and Phoenix.
Photos courtesy of Kenny Yee of Southern
景墓園 (Lake View Cemetery)、萬年青 - 華秀麗墓園 (
Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery) 及 萬柏墓園 (Mt. Pleasant) 拜祭及獻花致敬舍路余氏先人。
members of the Seattle YFT Family Association
observed Ching Ming in visiting cemeteries
around the Seattle-King County area.
participated in the April 2, 2017 visits
included Kevin Lee, President, Mr and Mrs De
Sum Yee, Advisor, Suey Yee, Advisor, Mr. and
Mrs. Yao Dong Yu, Treasurer, and Other Yee
visited included Evergreen Washelli, Lakeview,
Hollyrood and Mt. Pleasant Queen Anne Hill.
Inauguration of the Chinese Consolidated
Benevolent Association Presiding President
Fung Toy Family Association of USA HQ advisor
current Hop Wo Benevolent Association （ 合和總會館）President, will
serve as the Presiding President of CCBA （美國中華會館總董）for the month
of July and August of 2017.
house audience witnessed his inauguration
ceremony which was held on July 2 at the CCBA.
U.S. YFT Grand Advisor from Seattle, attended
this inauguration ceremony along with Frank
Yee, East Grand President from New York,
Kenneth Yee East vice Grand President from
Boston, YFT leaders from Stockton, Sacramento,
Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.
The evening Banquet was held at New Asia,
attended by over 700 guests including elected
state and city officials, representatives and
members from US YFT, other family associations
and community organizations, friends and
For over 160 years, CCBA has stood the test of
time, serving and helping the Chinese
Seattle Chinatown-International District
Seattle YFT Family Association
was one of the 16 Traditional Family
Associations, under the auspice of Seattle
Chong WA Benevolent Association, matched in
the annual Seafair Parade in Chinatown on
Sunday, July 23, 2017.
Kevin Lee, Seattle YFT President and Seattle
Chong WA English Secretary, was the main
coordinator for the Chong WA group.
Fred Yee, Grand Advisor for the US YFT
Family Association, also participated and
was responsible for holding the YFT Parade
sign.Thousands of people lined up South King
Street and South Weller Street to watch this
popular community event.
James S. Yee 90th Birthday Celebration
On Saturday, August 5th,
members of the Seattle YFT Family
Association joined over 100 friends,
relatives and church brothers and sisters
at the Seattle Chinese Baptist Church to
celebrate Uncle James Yee's 90th Birthday
Among the attendees included uncle Hing,
Suey Yee & wife Linda, Fred Yee &
wife Clara, Sinclair Yee & wife
Gennie, Kevin Lee, Seattle YFT President,
Warren Yee & mother Sally Yee and from
LA, Kenny and Phyllis Yee.
Photos courtesy of Warren Yee, Kevin Lee
and Fred Yee.
Seattle YFT Annual Picnic and Dinner
Over 120 Seattle YFT members and
friends attended the 63rd Annual Picnic on
Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Woodland
Park picnic area #3. Attending the Picnic
included U.S. YFT Western Grand President
Eddie Yee and his wife Carina, from San
Francisco; Kenny Yee and Phillis Yee from
Los Angeles and over 30 family members who
were in town for the 90th Birthday
Celebration of Grand Advisor James Yee.
Nineteen students received scholarship
awards and many of those at the picnic
received prizes from the lucky drawing. In
the evening, about 22 Yee members attended a
welcome dinner for Eddie & Carina Yee at
Renton Seafood Restaurant.
Photos courtesy of Steven D. Yee and Fred
Seattle YFT members attending Chong Wa Annual
On August 13, 2017, over 20
members of the Seattle YFT Family
Association, led by Kevin Lee, Seattle YFT
President, attended the Chong WA annual
picnic at Chong Wa in Chinatown.
The picnic was attended by many Chinese
family association in Seattle with over
hundreds attended. There were performances
by the Seattle Chinese Drill Team and Paul
Chan Tai Chi Group.
With good food, great weather and fun
company, the picnic was another successful
event for the community.
Seattle Chong Wa Moon Festival Fundraising
Seattle Yee Fung Toy President
and Chong Wa English Secretary Kevin Lee,
YFT advisor Suey Yee and his wife Linda,
long time YFT member Raymond Wah, Boy King
Lee, Paul Lee, Foo Lee, Din Lee and their
spouses and guest, along with three hundred
other community members attended the annual
Chong Wa Moon Festival fundraising banquet
at the House of Hong Restaurant in the heart
of Seattle's Chinatown.
Raymond Wah was the lucky grand prize winner
of the round trip ticket to Asia on Eva air.
YFT President Kevin Lee raised his hand for
the winning bid of the carved imperial green
jade bangle during the live auction donating
$1,000 to Chong Wa Benevolent Association.
Although not present YFT Grand Advisor Fred
Yee was acknowledged for his generous
donation to have his good friend Rosa sing
The Bund 上海灘
during the banquet.
A delicious eight course dinner was served
and enjoyed by the guest. Seattle Yee's did
their part to help raise thousands of
dollars to support the programs of the
Seattle Chong Wa Benevolent Association.
King of the Yee's Cast Dinner
Seattle YFT President Kevin
Lee, Grand Advisor Fred Yee, wife Clara
Cheung, YFT Women's auxiliary Senior advisor
Helen Chinn, hosted a diner at Joyale
Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown for
playwright Lauren Yee (New York),
Choreographer Annie Yee Egi (Los Angels),
and cast members Annelih GH Hamilton, Joseph
Ngo and wife Leslie Betz (New York) of the
play King of the Yee's now playing at the
Act Theater in Seattle September 9 through
October 1, 2017.
For nearly 20 years, playwright Lauren Yee’s
father Larry has been a driving force in the
Yee Family Association, a seemingly
obsolescent Chinese American men’s club
formed 150 years ago in the wake of the Gold
Rush. But when her father goes missing,
Lauren must plunge into the rabbit hole of
San Francisco Chinatown and confront a world
both foreign and familiar.
At once bitingly hilarious and
heartbreakingly honest, King of the Yees is
an epic joyride across cultural, national
and familial borders that explores what it
means to truly be a Yee.