HOPE h o p e
Our mission is to prevent domestic violence in Asian families and communities and to provide hope to survivors.

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 6:00 - 9:30 pm

Marriott Downtown Boston
275 Tremont St., Boston, MA  02116

Now in its 25th year,  the Silk Road Gala is the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence's (ATASK) biggest yearly benefit in support of our essential programs and services.

Join us for a special evening of food and festivities as we celebrate our Community Heroes and experience the sights and sounds of Asia. 

The evening begins with a reception featuring appetizers, drinks, silent auction and live music.  

Our program includes Keynote Speaker Bill Cummings, who will share his insight on entrepreneurship and philanthropy, and a survivor who will share a powerful story about her journey to independence. 

Guests will then "travel" to different regions of Asia, where they will enter a temple, listen to an Indonesian Gamelan Ensemble, visit food stations, wander around a Southeast Asian market place, and much more!

Individual tickets are $225.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit our Gala website

Can't attend? Support ATASK with an online donation

2018 Co-Chairs

France E. Chin, Senior Counsel, Chin & Curtis. LLP

Grace H. Lee, FVP/Regional Director of Government Banking, People's United Bank

Keynote Speaker

Bill Cummings, Founder of Cummings Properties & Cummings Foundation, Author of "Starting Small and Making It Big: An Entrepreneur's Journey to Billion Dollar Philanthropy"


Janet Wu, TV Personality & Journalist

Gala Sponsors

We would like to express our gratitude to our Sponsors for making the Gala possible.  Special thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Tufts Medical Center, who has been an unwavering and committed partner for over 20 years!  See our complete list of sponsors here.


Annual Meeting

Thank you to all those who attended ATASK's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 6.  Nearly 100 guests came to the event at the Pao Arts Center in Boston, and Board Chair Sarah G. Kim thanked them for their support of ATASK's mission for the past 25 years.

Co-Executive Directors Cristina Ayala and Dawn Sauma shared their vision to ensure equitable access to care for Asian victims of violence.  "We are here to ensure their voices are heard.  The need for change extends beyond the walls of our organization and into our communities and larger systems.  By shining a light on the Asian population, we embrace our diversity, we unveil and elevate the issues faced by Asian communities, and harness our collective power to create change."

ATASK also honored individuals and community partners that have displayed unparalleled commitment to our work - ATASK Advocates Van Chey and Carmen Tung, Jennifer Nelson from Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC, and Nick Chau from Tai Tung Realty.


What Would You Do if You Couldn't Call 911?  

In these challenging times, ATASK needs your help more than ever. Despite losing some vital federal funding, we are still determined to deliver the same level of services to our clients, who inspire us with their desire to overcome domestic violence.

Asking for help is not always easy. Many of us take for granted that we can pick up the phone and call 911 in the event of an emergency. We also have the privilege of walking into a provider's office and asking for help, whether it be for medical, legal, housing, or employment matters. This, however, is not always the case for many of our clients. Due to language barriers, most of our clients do not have the English skills needed to navigate the systems here in the U.S.

Lin is a Chinese immigrant who was afraid to call 911 because she couldn't speak English.  ATASK was able to get her the help she needed.  Lin came to our emergency shelter, got legal help, enrolled her child in daycare so she could take English classes, and then later entered a job training program. With the support of ATASK, Lin is now employed, and is proud to be raising her son in a safe and happy environment.

I didn't know how to call 911

These are difficult times for immigrants, and even more so, for those who live in fear in their very own homes.  These are also difficult times for the non-profit agencies that work with vulnerable populations.

ATASK is seeing an increased demand for services, and without your help, we will need to turn families away. ATASK needs to raise an additional $50,000 to ensure that we have the staff essential to respond to the needs of victims.

Please make a donation today! Your gift will provide immediate resources to people like Lin.

Survivors Create a Song About Hope

Recently, shelter clients met with local musician Julia Mark to create their very own song. They wanted the world to know that life was getting better, and that they had hope for the future. They wanted the song to be uplifting and joyful. The result was a song entitled "All We Need" with a powerful message about love and hope. Click here to watch the video.

"All We Need" Lyrics
They're some things I've been dreaming of
I don't need a lot of stuff
And I've got a lot of life to live
I just need a lot of love
I've got a lot of love to give
So I'm gonna keep on looking up

Gonna put my worries on an outbound train
I've got this hope that I cannot contain
Your love is my umbrella when it starts to rain
When the storm has passed, only simple things remain
That's all I need today
All we need
Oh it's all we need
I've been dreaming of a place of my own
All those bad, bad days go on and leave me alone
And when the darkness starts to creep
And there's no respite in my sleep
I'm gonna keep on searching for the sun
Music + Lyrics by Julia Mark

Client Song: All We Need

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