Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Breaking Ground, Building Friendships

The Groundbreaking Ceremony began with a traditional dance by St. Anthony’s Lion & Dragon Dance Team.

Mayor Carl Brewer issued a proclamation, making May 25-31, 2014 Asian-Pacific American Heritage Week.

The Ceremony took place inside Botanica's New Event Center.

Breaking ground symbolically in a wheel barrow due to wet conditions outside.

From left to right: Cubic Forbes, President of Wichita Chinese Association; Carl Brewer, Mayor of the City of Wichita; Valentina Chappell, President of Wichita Area Sister Cities; Justus Fugate, President of Botanica Board of Trustees; Jayne Milburn (seated), lead donor of the Chinese Garden of Friendship; and Adrienne Rosenberg, Co-Chair of Wichita Area Sister Cities China Committee.

Students of The Independent School sang two songs in Mandarin dedicating the event.

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra – Youth Chamber Players also performed.