Silk Road Gala 2020: ATASK’s Virtual Gala

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The Silk Road Gala, ATASK’s biggest fundraiser of the year, provides critical funds for culturally and linguistically competent services for domestic violence survivors and families in need.

Though we are unable to be together in person this year, we are going virtual with a 60-minute online celebration of our community’s strength and to share in ATASK’s mission of preventing domestic violence in Asian families and communities. Together we will be providing hope to survivors.

During the pandemic we have seen a significant rise in domestic violence, and our Pan-Asian communities are experiencing socio-economic instability that have brought the racial disparities to the forefront. ATASK has worked tirelessly to quickly adapt and respond to the needs of our clients as the ongoing health crisis continues to unfold. Your support, now more than ever, is critical in ensuring the safety and well-being of survivors.

We are honored to have Lisa Wong, MD and Jean Russell as our Gala Co-Chairs, and Janet Wu leading our evening as our Emcee this year. We are also thrilled to announce that Navjeet Bal, Managing Director and General Counsel at Social Finance, will be our Keynote Speaker. Through their involvement in the community, efforts in advancing opportunities for others, and social justice advocacy, they have lifted the voices of vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Our performers for the evening will be Grace Kelly, saxophonist, singer and songwriter, and Sandeep Das, Tabla Maestro, whose collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma for the Silk Road Ensemble won a Grammy award.

We invite you to join us for this unique and inspiring event. Our ability to come together virtually allows us to share with you, for the very first time, a virtual tour of one of our most essential services - our Emergency Shelter. ATASK’s shelter is New England’s only provider of emergency shelter for Pan-Asian survivors. It is often the first step in their journey to safe and independent lives. Our evening will be filled with inspiration, and together we will enjoy beautiful cultural performances.

Our annual Gala provides essential funding for ATASK, enabling us to provide safety and life-changing opportunities for our survivor community. Funds raised will support the ever-increasing demand for ATASK’s services.

Click here for sponsorship opportunities. (Levels start at $1,000)

We look forward to sharing this beautiful event with you!

Keynote Speaker

Navjeet K. Bal
Managing Director and General Counsel
Social Finance

Navjeet K. Bal is Managing Director and General Counsel at Social Finance, a non-profit organization that focuses on outcomes-based financing to measurably improve the lives of those in need. She is responsible for working with the Social Finance team to develop and execute innovative financings that bring together the public, private and non-profit sectors to promote solutions to social needs.

Navjeet served as the Commissioner of Revenue in Governor Deval Patrick’s administration from 2008 through 2011, where she was responsible for a 2000 person agency with three lines of business: Tax Administration, Child Support Enforcement and the Division of Local Services. She was the first ethnic minority and second woman to serve this position.

In 1989, Navjeet founded Domestic Violence Project, the signature pro-bono effort of Mintz Levin which trained lawyers and paralegals to provide legal representation for indigent survivors against their abusers. Through the years, hundreds of the firm’s attorneys, paraprofessionals, and staff members have worked on behalf of individual survivors. Beyond helping victims directly, attorneys have served as legal counsel for more than 25 nonprofits dedicated to combating domestic violence and sexual assault, and have partnered with these organizations to advocate for legislative reform and to write amicus and appellate briefs at the state and federal levels.

With over twenty five years of experience as a public finance attorney and a public official, Navjeet is a committed advocate of social impact investment, bringing together uncommon partnerships and driving resources towards social progress.

Emcee

Janet Wu
Multi-media Journalist
www.janetwu.com

Janet Wu is a multi-media journalist well known for her many years as a medical reporter and news anchor for the NBC station in Boston. She is currently a reporter/anchor at Bloomberg and teaches journalism as an adjunct professor at Emerson College. She is a frequent contributor to The Boston Globe with both Op-Eds and travel writing. Her essays have also been published in The New York Times, The Boston Herald, and Harvard’s Charles River Review.

Among her many awards, Wu was named the 2015 Leading Woman of the Year by the Girl Scouts of New England. She sits on the boards for the Franciscan Children’s Hospital, Homestart, The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum and the Boston Board of The American Heart Association in honor of her late father, a noted heart surgeon. A lifelong music lover, she studied cello and piano from childhood through college and is a member of the board of the New England Conservatory of Music. She is also a founding member of SheGives, a philanthropic organization of women that funds critical needs in Massachusetts, from food conservation to STEM education for girls.

Gala Co-Chair

Lisa M. Wong, M.D.
Pediatrician, Musician and Author
Milton Pediatric Associates
Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School
www.drlisamwong.com

Lisa M. Wong, M.D. graduated from Harvard University in East Asian Studies in 1979, and her M.D. from NYU School of Medicine in 1983. After completing her pediatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1986, she joined Milton Pediatrics Associates and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Along with her colleagues Dr. David Jones and Dr. Susan Pories, she co-chairs the newly created Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School. This initiative is made up of HMS physician faculty, residents and students interested in incorporating the arts into the classroom, laboratory and at the bedside through art making, art observation, narrative writing, music and more.

Dr. Wong is inspired by the work of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, a humanitarian, theologian, musician and physician. During her twenty year tenure as president of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, she was honored to work with remarkable leaders in healthcare and humanitarianism. Although she retired as President of the LSO in 2012, Dr. Wong continues her involvement with the orchestra as a violinist and works with many organizations in NE on advocating for music instruction.

Dr. Wong, together with her husband, Lynn Chang, has supported ATASK since 2008 and has sponsored the Silk Road Gala for many years. With her endorsement, ATASK became a community partner of LSO and helped raise funds through their concerts. Lisa and Lynn continue to be active supporters and advocates of ATASK.

Gala Co-Chair

Jean Russell
Senior Vice President, HUB International

Jean Russell serves as Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits, of HUB International New England, a division of the world’s 5th largest insurance brokerage and largest in NEW England. In 1993, Jean founded BenefitsMart, an insurance brokerage and consulting firm advising in Employee Benefits and all aspects of group insurance administration. In March 2016, BenefitsMart was acquired by HUB International.

Outside of her leadership role with HUB New England, Jean consults for insurance carriers, non-profit organizations, and has been quoted in numerous national publications. She serves several advisory boards for civic initiatives and healthcare companies and organizations. She offers unique strategic solutions to a challenging benefits marketplace.

Jean has supported ATASK and the Silk Road Gala since 2003. She chaired the Business Women’s Breakfast for several years, bringing in new donors and partners which enabled ATASK to fund critical services for domestic violence survivors. Her continuing work on healthcare, diversity, equity and inclusion has been valuable in advocating ATASK’s mission.

Performer

Grace Kelly
Saxophonist, Singer, Songwriter
www.gracekellymusic.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/Jazzpro50

An unequivocal musical prodigy, singer-saxophonist-songwriter-composer and band leader Grace Kelly has rocked the jazz world with sold-out concerts, 13 acclaimed albums and a resume that includes performing at the Hollywood Bowl and as part of the house band for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – all before reaching her mid-twenties.

Kelly’s early career featured performances at Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration at age 16 and at 14 as a soloist with the Boston Pops playing an original composition arranged for the legendary orchestra; she has since then played over 900 shows as bandleader in 35 countries at venues like the Kennedy Center and Moscow Symphony Hall and for the Montreal, Newport, and Montreux international jazz festivals. Touted for her scorching saxophone stylings and purring vocals, Kelly has performed and recorded with renowned artists including Lin Manuel- Miranda, Dave Brubeck, Phil Woods, Huey Lewis, Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan, Questlove, and Wynton Marsalis.

Aside from thrilling audiences in concert, Kelly’s stardom reaches the acclaim of her audiences online. The millennial artist has developed a new paradigm to exhibit her remarkable talent and unparalleled showmanship with the masses, curating an immersive user experience for her fans across multiple social media platforms. Kelly’s dedication to posting engaging content and offering insight into her daily life has deepened her brand, bringing thousands upon thousands of eager fans into her world and gaining millions of views online, allowing the artist to bridge the gap between virtuosic musician and cultural phenomenon.

Performer

Sandeep Das
Tabla Maestro, Performer/Educator/Composer
www.sandeepdas.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxH5cu6ZxLQ

As the world passes through a turbulent phase, the one unifying force that can heal all is truly music. The seven notes of music have a universal appeal about them and transcend all the false borders that separate us.

A 2019-2020 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Sandeep Das is one of the leading Tabla players in the world today with a prolific international reputation that spans over three decades. Since his debut concert at the age of 17 with legendary Sitarist Pt. Ravi Shankar, Das has performed at major Indian music festivals with renowned musicians such as Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, and Ust. Amjad Ali Khan, among others, and he is one of the unique Indian Classical musicians to expand beyond his traditional roots and collaborate with musicians from across the globe.

​Das has performed at major events such as the 150th annual celebration of the United Nations at the General Assembly Hall in NYC, opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in Shanghai, opening ceremony of the 1st Asia Expo in Kunming, China, World Economic Forum, the BBC Proms, and for visiting dignitaries like the Queen of England, Queen of Thailand, the Pope and various other visiting country heads. His collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (SRE) for “Sing Me Home” won the 2017 Grammy Award for the Best World Music album. He has had two previous Grammy nominations in 2005 and 2009. In 2017 he received the prestigious Brother Thomas Fellowship and New England Choice Artist of the Year award, and in 2018, he received a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation.