May is a season of hope, new beginning and prosperity. May 2020 is a historical moment for the second largest city in the State of Illinois. The mayor of Aurora proudly proclaimed May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Today, with courage, grit, and an abiding belief in American ideals, Asian Americans have challenged our nation to be better and have made our community a much more vibrant place, from education, business and government to arts, entertainment, and more.
May is also the month that UCA is proud to launch the Food of Love nationwide event. As a group of UCA IL Chapter members, together with Nankai Alumni Association of Finance, we are so honored to carry out our Mission: to lead, to serve and to inspire.
Chicago is a place that draws thousands of compassionate Asian Americans to volunteer and contribute to making our community a better place. With the tireless support of event coordinator Ms. Lily Chen, to the generosity of owners of Pacific Square—the largest business entity of Aurora—Mr. Eddie and Ms. Judy Ni, and Pho Noodle Station, our group brought over 40 lunches to Aurora Police Department to show our appreciation to our local police. We met with Cmdr. Rick Robertson and several police officers; we also brought boxes of face masks, and disinfecting products to keep them safe while they keep our communities safe.Our group included Ms. Linda Bi, a lifelong member of UCA and president of Chicago Expert Importers, Mr. Arthur Yu, President of the Nankai Alumni Association of Finance, the Bellantoni family, the Hickey family, and Mr. Ratliff. Even though we are from different walks of life, we all have one common goal: to bring food for love, and food for the soul.
We would like to thank our UCA leaders who make Asian American month an opportunity to reach out beyond our own community. One person alone can only do so much: together we can create a better place for ourselves and our country.