AACC and AAAYA cordially invite you to the Annual Alumni Banquet. Fri, Nov 8, 5-8 PM, RED, 56 Orange Street. $30/person. Reception and cash bar 5-6 PM, dinner 6-8 PM.

RSVP by leaving a comment below with your Name, Year/School of graduation, any guest names, and any dietary restrictions (Note: email address is required but will not be published).

The AACC is offering a limited number of discounted banquet admissions for $20 (first come first serve). Please e-mail aacc.alumni@gmail.com with inquiries.

At this year’s banquet, AAAYA will be honoring Ted Shen, ’66, with the Friend of the Community Award.

In 1994, Mr. Shen started the Shen Family Foundation as a vehicle for family giving. During its early years, the Foundation provided unrestricted funding to not-for-profit organizations, primarily in the areas of education and the arts. Since 2002, the Foundation has concentrated its philanthropy to fund the work of selected highly gifted musical theater composers.

As an alumnus, Mr. Shen has served Yale in numerous capacities. When the university needed to update its squash courts in the early 1990’s to conform to new international standards, Mr. Shen gave a leadership gift to start construction of the new courts. In 1999, he was elected to the Board of the University Art Gallery, on which he continues to serve. Yale’s innovative undergraduate musical theater curriculum (named the Shen Musical Theater Curriculum), developed in 2004, is funded by the Shen Family Foundation. Mr. Shen has also served for two years on the President’s University Council and six years on the Yale Investment Committee, which oversees the university’s endowment, and is a Sterling Fellow. In recognition of his long history of service to Yale and his community leadership, Mr. Shen was elected in 2001 to the Yale Corporation, on which he served until 2007.

In addition to serving Yale, Mr. Shen is a true community leader. His community service includes Board Chair of the Packer Collegiate Institute, Co-head of the board of trustees of Phillips Exeter Academy, board member of the Brooklyn Museum of Art and of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, and commissioner on the Art Commission of the City of New York. Mr. Shen has received honoree-of-the-year awards from the Asian-American Federation of New York in 1996 and the Chinese-American Planning Council of New York in 1997.