By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

At a recent holiday party held at the Hotel Sofitel in Edina, Minn, a number of anniversaries were celebrated by the hosts, Dr. Steven Shu and his wife Lorna.

The evening festivities began with registration and a social hour before the guests were seated in the banquet room and greeted by the evening's MC, Bonnie, who began the program by announcing that dinner will begin immediately with soup and salad being served at the table and then everyone would help themselves buffet-style. Dessert would not be a problem, since there were already individual plates of 4 assorted pastries for each guest placed on the table.

As the dinner progressed, Bonnie introduced Dr. Shu to deliver his keynote speech.

Photo of Dr. Shu

Dr. Shu began his speech by thanking his guests for coming to his holiday party to help him celebrate the first anniversary of the One Stop Charity Fund, the second anniversary of the Shu Cosmetic Surgery Institute, the third anniversary of the One Stop Medical Center, the fifth anniversary of Minnesota Times and the twentieth anniversary of their arrival in the United States. As if he hasn't accomplished enough, he announced the launch of a new concept, Medspa, and has moved into a new, modern facility.

Throughout his speech, Dr. Shu expressed his gratitude to his family, friends, staff and clients and how fortunate he is that he was afforded the opportunities to pursue success in this country and why he feels it only appropriate that he gives back in anyway he can and stated that "you should give back more than you receive."

Following Dr. Shu's presentation, Bonnie then began the entertainment phase of the program as she introduced Daniel Lai and Lisa Wu who danced the cha-cha and the rumba followed later on with the waltz with Jack Tsai doing a comedy piece in between.

Jenny Sun, president of Minnesota Times, made a brief speech about the newspaper's progress and was joined by Dr. Sun who thanked Jenny for all her hard work and efforts to make the Minnesota Times a leading Chinese-language newspaper while improving its website and that there were plans to even add a TV station to their media enterprise within the next 5 years.

Bonnie then introduced pop singer Liangsheng Cheng to sing a song but was prompted by the gathering to perform an encore.

Next on the agenda was a poem recitation by Eric Gong. Why a poem recitation? This is something else we learned about Dr. Shu. He wrote the poem that was recited by Eric which was spoken both in English and then in Chinese.

Group photo of award recipients

As for giving back to the community as noted by Dr. Shu in his opening comments, grants were then announced by his One Stop Charity Fund. According to Dr. Shu there were 9 applications submitted and 5 were selected by the Funds board of directors and were presented by Dr. Shu and his wife Lorna. The Minnesota International Chinese School and the Minnesota Minghua Chinese School each received US$1,000, with the Minnesota Chinese Health Center and the Chinese Social Service Center each receiving US$2,000 and US$4,000 awarded to the Chinese Academic & Professional Association of Minnesota.

Closing the evening's entertainment program was a performance by soprano Qian Xu and the gathering was not satisfied with just one song so she also performed an encore number.

Although the formal program ended, that didn't mean an end of the evening since the party continued with the DJ continuing to provide music for dancing and the bar remained open for more socializing.

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