Updated: Mar 19, 2020
On November 2, 2017, cultural and business leaders from around the globe gathered in New York City for the annual Blue Cloud Gala.
From left to right: Silas Chou, Angela Chen, Yue-Sai Kan, Ronald O. Perelman and Vera Wang
Celebrating China Institute’s 91st Anniversary, the Gala honored five individuals for their commitment to advancing understanding and deepening trust between China and the United States. Receiving the Blue Cloud Award were the Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor, New York State; Ronald O. Perelman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated; Vera Wang, Fashion Designer; Ning Yuan, Chairman and President of China Construction America (CCA); and Robert Hong Xiao, Vice Chairman of Perfect World Investment & Holding Group and CEO of Perfect World Co., Ltd.
Held at Cipriani, 25 Broadway, the event was attended by over 300 guests and co-emceed by Yue-Sai Kan and Mei He, Gala Co-chairs.
Notable attendees included Chinese Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul; New York State Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou, fashion magnate Silas Chou, artist Cai Guoqiang, Nautica founder David Chu, cultural impresario Shirley Young, fashion icon Carmen Dell’Orefice, photographer Fadil Berisha, designer Derek Lam, Fiona Cibani, Alfred Chan, Nicole Phelps, Ray Bouderau, Victoria Wyman, Anna Hu, Luciano Berti, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Peter Reisman, Chu Wong, Xu Chen, Tian Ling, Melissa Lawrence Apfelbaum, Angela Chen, Scott Pattison, Matt Rich, Veronique Gabai-Pinsky and Gary Barnett.
The evening began with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and a silent and live auction. Highlights included a performance by Tibetan performers, Snow Lotus Trio.