The Spring Roll is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda), whose mission is to preserve, promote, and develop the International District neighborhood. Their goal can be easily described – to keep the Chinatown International District as the Asian Pacific American cultural center in the Greater Seattle area. But to achieve that, SCIDpda requires enormous support from the community.

The Spring Roll is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda), whose mission is to preserve, promote, and develop the International District neighborhood. Their goal can be easily described – to keep the Chinatown International District as the Asian Pacific American cultural center in the Greater Seattle area. But to achieve that, SCIDpda requires enormous support from the community.

SCIDpda Council President Albert Shen introduced the new Executive Director, Maiko Winkler-Chin, who welcomed the community members and supporters. According to Maiko, the reason for preserving the neighborhood is simply because “it is the home of Asian Pacific Islander community.” For many generations, members of API communities had come to the International District for services, supports, and resources. It is of historical importance to keep that tradition alive.

The revenue raised in the event will go toward 3 main projects: senior services including assisted living and lunch program, low-income housing solutions, and IDEA Space – a meeting ground for individuals, businesses and property owners to collaborate on neighborhood revitalization efforts.

King County Executive Dow Constantine also shared his support for SCIDpda and International District, calling it the “cultural center of all of King County.”

The evening’s fundraising events included silent auction, live auction, and “raise the paddle” donation drive. Besides fundraising, there was also food sampling from almost 20 restaurants from around the neighborhood, featuring favorite dishes from over 5 different cultures. The entertainment was equally international in flavor, including lion dancing by International School of Martial Arts, DJ Frank I, Deems Tsutakawa Trio, and Inochi Taiko.

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