World Class Saxophonist Grace Kelly to Perform at Asian American Civic Association’s Annual Gala

Boston (May 7, 2012) – The Asian American Civic Association (AACA) announced today that jazz saxophonist sensation Grace Kelly will perform at its 45th Annual Gala, Their Courage to be New, on May 18, 2012, at the Park Plaza Hotel.  The evening, co-chaired by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and First Lady Diane Patrick, will celebrate milestones and great achievements of immigrants and their families in greater Boston.

At only 19 years old, Grace Kelly has already accomplished more than most do in a lifetime. She has been voted “Best Jazz Act” inBostonfour consecutive years in the FNX Phoenix Best Music Poll, received the ASCAP Foundation’s Young Jazz Composers Award in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011 and won “Jazz Artist of the Year” at the Boston Music Awards in both 2008 and 2010.  Kelly has released 7 albums, performed with musical giants, including: Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., Hank Jones, the Boston Pops and many others. In addition to these accomplishments, Kelly was invited to join the ensemble at theKennedyCenter’s Eisenhower Theater inWashington,D.C.for President Obama’s Inauguration Celebration.

“We are thrilled to welcome Grace Kelly to perform at this year’s Gala event,” said Mary Chin, president of the AACA. “She possesses an incredible amount of talent and continues to amaze audiences all around the world.  We’re sure it’s going to be a performance to remember.”

The evening will an award ceremony, sit down dinner, silent and live auction, and a Dragon Dance performed by Wah Lum Kung-Fu. Proceeds from the evening will allow AACA to continue expanding its workforce development programs, English classes and social services, including the operation of Sampan, the only bilingual English/Chinese newspaper in New England and Buds & Blossoms Early Education and Care Center, the first Chinese Mandarin-immersion childcare center in Greater Boston.

To purchase ticket(s) or become a corporate sponsor, please contact Georgiana Tam at (617) 426-9492 x203, or

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About AACA:

Founded in 1967, Asian American Civic Association (AACA) is a non-profit organization based in Boston Chinatown providing a wide range of services to all immigrants and economically disadvantaged people, including education, occupation training and social services which enable them to realize lasting economic self-sufficiency.  For more information, please visit

About the Gala:

The AACA Annual Gala 2012 “Their Courage To Be New,” will celebrate the brave immigrants–past, present and future–who make this country the shining beacon of hope for all the world. Set at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, the Gala will feature ethnic performances from the four corners of the world, and an exciting auction featuring unique gifts. The Gala is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 6 pm.


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