2018 AmCham Independence Day Celebration
AmCham is proud to have hosted its 14th American Independence Day Celebration, marking the 242nd year of the United States. As the largest and most influential ourdoorevent in Southwest China, the celebration, greatly supported by Meishi International School, took place successfully on Jun 30th 2018, with Griffin International Academy as the title sponsor and M5 Executive Apartments as the ticket naming right sponsor. More than 1,300 people attended with talent from all over the world, including officials from the Consulate General of the United States in Chengdu and other foreign consulate officials, AmCham’s Board of Governors, AmCham member companies, CEOs and managers from Fortune 500 Enterprises, as well as their friends and family.
American Independence Day Celebration is a unique opportunity for family activities, company gathering and business exchange. The planning by AmCham for 3 months beforehand is immense, in an effort to make the event run smoothly, so that every customer could fully enjoy this lovely midsummer night. The site was set in perfect order to facilitate our guests’ exchanges and walk-around, and the professional security staff did a very good job in maintaining orders at the scene. The stage lied in the middle of one side of the plastic track, and booths for sponsors stretched out from the stage, encircling the center green-grass playground. People enjoyed this moment to make contact with old friends and new, and feasted on the performances and food. In the meantime, such event is also an excellent chance for sponsors to promote their brands, for their name and logo was exposed on backdrops, posters as well as tickets. Moreover, sponsors could improve their brand recognition, maintain their connection with patrons, attract potential customers and spot business opportunities by distributing their publicity materials&gifts and displaying their products and services at their booth. In addition, there were a wide variety of sponsors, including industries of education, finance, manufacture, services&consulting, aviation, healthcare, art, intangible cultural heritage and more.
The event kicked off with two pieces of beautiful jazz from Tzu-i Chuang, wife of Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu Mr. Jim Mullina, and Mrs. Sisi, wife of AmCham Southwest Chairman Benjamin Wang. After their performance, they their husbands, U.S. Consul general Jim Mullina and AmCham Chairman Benjamin Wang respectively, came to the stage to gift beautiful flowers. This warm and happy scene impressed everyone present. After that, Mr. Morton Holbrook III played a piano solo and a sing-along for all guests. Then, Consul General Jim Mullinax of the United States Consulate in Chengdu, opened as the first speaker of the evening, expressing thanks to AmCham’s concerted efforts and long-lasting dedication. He was followed by Benjamin Wang, the Chairman of AmCham Southwest, who warmly welcomed all guests and thanked the sponsors for their generous support. Jessie Toh, Director and President from Griffin International Academy briefly introduced their school and wished everyone a wonderful night.
69 sponsors welcomed thousands of guests with great enthusiasm. Dozens of five-star hotels and regional restaurants joined together to provide summer-time delicacies, such as American hot dogs and burgers, quality pizzas, creative snacks and desserts, Southeast Asian food, local Sichuan-style cold noodles, Bobo’s Chicken, Ice power and more. Food was accompanied by beer, wine, and a selection of healthy drinks. A combination of Chinese and Western dishes delighted everyone’s palate. Most of our food providers arrived several hours in advance to prepare the food fresh. Fun Sao barbecue won the prize of the most popular food provider and had the longest customer queue at its booth. What’s more, there were also gifts prepared by sponsors as well as customized Coca Cola bottles with AmCham’s logo, all of which surprised our guests with happiness and delight.
Together, Consul General Jim Mullina and Mr. Chirs Ziich, sang the American National Anthem, Stars and Stripes Forever, while everyone rouse up to show their respect for this very special moment. AmCham Southwest Officer Charles Cheung introduced this AmCham’s dedication to charity in cooperation with Hopeful Hearts and the Chengdu Rotary Club, for which 60,000RMB net profit from 2017 Independence Day Celebration were to be used. Mrs. Sheri Yoss from Hopeful Hearts and Mr. Ryan from Chengdu Rotary Club introduced their evolving charity process and the cooperation opportunity with AmCham Southwest respectively.
Throughout the night, a myriad of performances entertained guests, such as a live sand painting by three kids from Shi Lin Sand Painting depicting a snail’s joyous trip from China to US by a hot-air balloon, dynamic modern dances by Sinostage embodying the latest trends and vitality, and Sichuan face-changing and dance routines interpreting the classic charm of China from Xilai Shuyun Catering Management Co, Ltd. There was also dazzling magic show from Feng & Shan Unlimited Illusions Co., Ltd, humorous clown performance, a live jazz show and more. Kids enjoyed entertainment off the stage too for there were also Disney and Marvel characters walking around, like Peppa Pig, Iron man, Captain America, Mickey Mouse, to play with them. As a recreation, guests can get their photo taken by professional Polaroid photographers before the backdrop with all kinds of American characteristic KT Boards. Children’s play area was set in the indoor basketball court, prepared with inflatable castle and dream DIY paint house by Old Village Painting, car-racing, mini-golf and other games with children accompanied by Mc Donald’s staff. The 100-person-strong interactive drumming circle further lighted the mood of the audience and created a splendid atmosphere for all the guests present. During the beautiful midsummer night in June, melodies jumped out of the piano keys and sweet songs permeated the air.
The climax of the evening came when three rounds of lucky draws were announced for adults and one round for children, with prizes valued more than RMB 200,000. The gifts included round-trip flight tickets from Chengdu to the United States, aerial photographs, sports bracelets and drones, cosmetics, electric toothbrushes, Spa vouchers, medical check-up packages, dozens of five-star hotel room&meal vouchers, and more.
Owing to the generous support from its 69 sponsors, the 2018 American Independence Day yielded great success. It was more than just an Independence Day celebration, but a wonderful atmosphere for friends from every walk of life to come together and enjoy this joyous time. Moving forward, AmCham Southwest’s team will continue to make persistent efforts to deliver quality opportunities for it members to engage in meaningful and positive activities in Southwest China while contributing to the community at large and encouraging a peaceful economic relationship between the US and China.
Thank you to all who graciously contributed and participated in this year’s event. We look forward to meeting you again at the 2019 American Independence Celebration!
Special Appreciation to the Sponsors
- Griffin International Academy
- M5 Executive Apartment
- GreatChina International Education
- Chengdu Meishi International School
- Mianyang Municipal Investment Promotion
- Intel Products (Chengdu) Ltd.
- EOG Resources China Limited
- Sino-US United MetLife Insurance Company Limited, Sichuan Branch
- Bybo Dental National Chain
- Chengdu Angel Women’s and Children’s Hospital
- IQAir(China) Sales and Service Co.,Ltd.
- CIeNET Technologies
- Chengdu Infrared Science Service and Trading Co, Ltd
- O2 Micro (Chengdu) Co., Ltd
- Daofeng Wisdomfull (Chengdu) Technology Co.Ltd
- The Adventures of Tubby
- South Sichuan Port Area, China (Sichuan) Pilot Free Trade Zone
- Harley-Davidson Chengdu
- Chongqing Cummins Engine Co., Ltd.
- Beanstalk International Bilingual School
- Sunels International Inc., Sunels Chengdu Branch Office
- Crown Relocations
- Sichuan Zhongfa Law Firm
- Sunar Living (Chengdu) Co., Ltd
- Chengdu Mengmei HRC Fertility
- Pengshan District Investment Promotion Bureau of Meishan City
- Dell (Chengdu) Company Ltd
- United Airlines
- The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu
- Double Tree by Hilton Chengdu-Longquanyi
- Hilton Garden Inn Chengdu Huayang
- Hilton Chengdu
- JIN JIANG HOTEL
- LONGEMONT HOTELS
- Mike’s Pizza
- YINHE DYNASTY HOTEL
- Unilever Food Solutions
- Sichuan M Foods Co., Ltd.
- Hyatt Place & Hyatt House Chengdu Pebble Walk
- The Coffee Beanery Co. Ltd
- China Resources Snow Breweries (China) Company Limited (Sichuan)
- Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu
- RI JIA MAN
- Sam’s Club
- Allway Group. USA
- WILD WEST BREWING
- Fun Sao
- Global Doctor International Medical Center
- Anrong Bodyguard Security Consultant Chengdu
- Fraser Suites Chengdu
- Waldorf Astoria Chengdu
- Properties from Ascott Chengdu & Chongqing
- Fairmont Chengdu
- Nuskin (China) Daily- Use & Health Products Co., Ltd. Sichuan Branch
- Parkway Shenton Health
- Chero Jewelry
- Swiss Bellefontaine Beauty Group
- Chengdu Feng & Shan Unlimited Illusions Co., Ltd.
- Chengdu Xilai Shuyunyuan Catering Management Co., Ltd
- Chengdu Abel Technology Co., Ltd.
- Xiaozhuang Papercut
- Shi Lin Sand Painting
- Old Village Paints