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Fresh Meadows woman named ‘Community Hero’


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Veronica Tsang

BY ANGELA MATUA

Veronica Tsang, a Fresh Meadows resident and senior vice president at Cathay Bank, was awarded the “Community Hero” award by the Museum of Chinese in America on Thursday.

Tsang was honored at Golden Unicorn Restaurant in Manhattan for her commitment to advancing the needs of the Chinese-American community .

“I hardly look at myself and say hero because I enjoy what I do. It’s part of life for me,” Tsang said. “I also want to let people know I would not be able to do this without the grace of Cathay Bank because our bank is also very, very supportive of our community… because without my boss and Cathay Bank’s support I would not be able to do so much.”

Tsang is active in a number of nonprofit organizations in the area, including as president of Gift of Life, an organization that provides free heart transplants for children with heart disease.

She is also a board member at the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts and a chairwoman for the community advisory council at New York Hospital Queens.

Tsang additionally acts as vice chair of the Chinese American Planning Council and serves on the finance committee for Holy Redeemer Academy in Flushing.

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Star of Queens: Veronica Tsang, president, Gift of Life


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ANGELA MATUA

BACKGROUND: Veronica Tsang is a Fresh Meadows resident who loves to give back to her community. This passion has been recognized by the Museum of Chinese in America, which recently awarded Tsang with the “Community Hero” award for advancing the needs of the Chinese American community.

OCCUPATION: Tsang is the senior vice president of branch administration for the eastern regions at Cathay Bank. She is in charge of all retail branch business in New York, New Jersey and Chicago. She has worked at Cathay Bank for 10 years and previously worked at JPMorgan Chase.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Tsang is the president of Gift of Life, an organization that provides free heart transplants for children with congenital heart disease. She is also a board member at the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. Tsang is a chairwoman for the community advisory council at New York Hospital Queens and serves on the finance committee for Holy Redeemer Academy in Flushing.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: “My greatest achievement is to provide mentorship and training to my team so that they become more successful in their career and personal life.”

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “How to utilize my limited resources to make a bigger impact in the business and community.”

INSPIRATION: “My husband is my greatest inspiration in my life. He taught me how to live life to the fullest. One of his favorite sayings is, “The best time is now. If you can do things today, why wait for tomorrow.”

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Flushing Town Hall completes $1.2M renovation


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Flushing Council on the Arts

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The historic Flushing Town Hall has a new look.

The theatre and event space fully reopened on Friday, March 14, after a five-month, $1.2 million interior renovation.

The makeover will freshen up the venue after more than a dozen years of use. The Flushing Town Hall building is more than 150 years old, and it has been an active theatre for 35 years. Its last renovation was completed in 1999.

“After 15 years of extensive wear and tear on the building it was time to upgrade and to renovate,” said Ellen Kodadek, executive director of Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, which operates the Hall.

The money for the renovation was partly funded by former Borough President Helen Marshall, various Queens City Council members and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The makeover includes new flooring in the hallways and the gift shop, a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) throughout the building, and new floors and chairs in the theatre, which seats 308. The theatre’s movable risers were also replaced. Just like the old risers, the new ones will allow the theatre to transform at will.

“We are capable of taking the seats and the risers out and setting the room up so that it doesn’t look at all like a theatre, but you could do a wedding or a banquet or leave room for salsa dancing,” Kodadek said. “And that’s something very special and different about our theatre. Many theatres don’t have that capability.”

Flushing Town Hall hosts about 75 performances around the year, including jazz concerts, theatre plays, educational events for children, puppetry, dance, art galleries and workshops. They’ve also rented out the space for special events, including weddings and school graduations.

On the same day it reopened, The Queens Courier donated $1,500 to Flushing Town Hall, from money that was raised at the annual Rising Stars event. The money will be used to foster educational services for underprivileged students.

 

 

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