Tufts Medical Center announced today that longtime resident and advocate of Boston's Chinatown neighborhood, Frank Chin will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Working Wonders benefit evening. This award is given to an individual to recognize contributions to the Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children community over his/her entire career.
Frank Chin is the patriarch of Chinese immigrant advocacy work in Boston's Chinatown. He has had an immeasurable impact on shaping the physical, social, economic and cultural landscape of Chinatown over the years. Known affectionately as "Uncle Frank" within the local and broader community, Mr. Chin was appointed co-chair of a Grievance Task Force established by then Mayor Kevin White in 1969 to highlight community needs. He was instrumental in bringing many issues to the forefront and introducing resources into the community through his activism and outspokenness. The creation of the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, Asian American Civic Association, South Cove Community Health Center, Pagoda Park, and the annual Chinatown August Moon Festival were all made possible by Mr. Chin's tireless efforts. For nearly five decades, he has advocated for community needs - affordable housing, cleaner and safer streets, small business and economic development, and youth development among others.
For 25 years, Mr. Chin served as purchasing agent for the City of Boston, under the administrations of Mayors Kevin White, Raymond Flynn and Thomas Menino. As the unofficial "Mayor of Chinatown," Mr. Chin has been a vital partner in uniting the local community with Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children and advancing the needs of the Chinatown community.
"We are thrilled that Frank Chin has accepted our 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. The fruits of his labor in Chinatown are evident to the Medical Center on a daily basis - we can't wait to share his story - and applaud his successes - with 900 of our closest friends in March," said Michael Wagner, MD, Interim President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital.
Tufts Medical Center's annual Working Wonders benefit evening will be held on March 26, 2014, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The signature fundraising event will feature awards and a live auction to support compassionate care, leading-edge research and Tufts Medical Center's commitment to treat all of their patients as if they are a part of their family.
About Working Wonders for Tufts Medical Center:Working Wonders for Tufts Medical Center is an inspiring benefit evening to recognize and celebrate champions of the Medical Center. Every day Tufts Medical Center is working wonders - providing academically sophisticated care in a warm, collaborative and inviting atmosphere. Proceeds from the event will support compassionate care, leading-edge research and our commitment to treat all our patients as if they are a part of the family. For more information: