Shennel Aris.A 30th Anniversary Gala and Awards Ceremony
Updated: Jan 3
Guests, performers, and organizers join Shennel founders Aris Qun Ai and Garrison Haiying Shen on stage for a group photo
City of Industry, California, USA. 30th December, 2022. The Shennel Aris.A 30th Anniversary and Awards Ceremony was grandly staged in the Majestic Hall of the Pacific Palm Resort Hotel in the City of Industry, California. Shennel Aris.A is a fashion brand of Shennel Trading Group and specializes in silk and velvet garments for women in contemporary and vintage-inspired prints and designs. The organizing committee members included Aris Qun Ai, President of Shennel Trading Group, Garrison Haiying Shen, Vice President of Shennel Trading Group, Jing Xu, Managing Director of Shennel Trading Group, Joey Zhou, Master of Ceremonies and chief show director, Dustin Quick, show co-host, Julie Shen, President of M3/JMK Modeling Media Academy, and Harrison Engle, filmmaker and President of Signal Hill Entertainment Group.
Singers Maisui and Jianli Tian at their dinner table for the Shennel Aris.A 30th Anniversary Gala
Garrison Haiying Shen, Vice President of Shennel Trading Group gives a welcome speech
After a month of intense preparations, the event began with a Hollywood-style red carpet for the arrivals, created by JLM Productions. Aris Qun Ai, the designer of the Aris.A fashion brand and President of Shennel and Garrison Haiying Shen, Vice President of Shennel welcomed the 300 guests that included Princess Karen Cantrell, Chairman of the Royal Society of St. George California Branch, Mayor Michael Cacciotti, City of South Pasadena, Ike Khamisani, President of the United Nations of the USA, Inland Empire, Harrison Engle, filmmaker and President of Signal Hill Entertainment Group, Todd Williamson, artist and former Chairman of the West Hollywood Art and Cultural Affairs Committee, Debby Jou, philanthropist and President of the US Art Bank, Sandra Tung, Chairman of the US-China Exchange Promotion Association, and Lincoln Liu, Senior Business Consultant for Shennel.
Models wearing Shennel Aris.A designer fashions on the runway
The Shennel Aris.A 30th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony officially kicked off with spectacular fashion show of Aris.A designs directed by M3/JMK Modeling Media Academy President, Julie Shen. The models that graced the stage were led by international model/actress Dustin Quick, who wore a variety of spring, summer, autumn and winter fashions featuring fine beading, embroidery, and delicate handwork.
The show hosts, Joey Zhou and Dustin Quick, introduced Shennel Trading Group to the audience with a video, "Shennel Aris.A 30th Anniversary Celebration," produced by Zhouzheng Art Studio. The video told the story of Aris Qun Ai and Garrison Haiying Shen, the two founders of Shennel Trading Group, and how they built an international company that has achieved success in the clothing industry for the past 30 years.
Singer/entertainer Stephanie Spruill performs on stage
Joey Zhou and singer/entertainer Stephanie Spruill with her flowers
Mr. Shen delivered the welcome speech to the audience, and expressed his appreciation to all the guests who came to the Shennel Aris.A 30th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony. During the dinner and throughout the evening, guests enjoyed the entertainment and performances by talented and award-winning artists. Grammy Award-winner singer/entertainer, Stephanie Spruill, opened with a stunning performance of two well-known songs, "Summertime" and "Fever."
In 1992, Aris Qun Ai and Garrison Haiying Shen came to the United States to start their own business in 1992. Their main customers are fashion boutiques and chain store brands located internationally. They have over 2,600 fashion boutiques in the United States alone. In 2015, they became one of the top Global 500 suppliers of Chico's FAS stores, which are based in Florida, and won the best performance award in the world. Aris Qun Ai and Garrison Haiying Shen have worked together for 30 years and built their own brand value image in the North American and European clothing markets. They have relationships with Chico's FAS, Urban Outfitters, QVC, Soft Surroundings, and other well-known brands. They are also the choice of many Hollywood celebrities including singer/actress Cher, actress Charlize Theron, and model/actress Kelly LeBrock.
Harrison Engle presents Madalyn Coviello with an award
The awards ceremony started with first round of awards being given to Madalyn Coviello and Griffin Craig Williams, two Aris.A agents, that were presented by Harrison Engle, LABA Icon Awards co-Chariman. Immediately afterwards, Su Wang Xiulan, on behalf of San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman and Senator Bob Achuleta, presented congratulatory certificates to Aris Qun Ai and Garrison Haiying Shen in recognition of their achievements with the company.
The award recipients with their awards take a photo together with Aris Qun Ai, President of Shennel Trading Group
Jing Xu, the Managing Director of Shennel receives her award from Todd Williamson, artist and former Chairman of the West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Committee
Jing Xu, the Managing Director of Shennel gives her acceptance speech
Dian Yu, a dancer from Dian Art Center, performed "Gloomy Dunhuang," a dramatic modern dance with flowing red and black chiffon skirt as she moved and turned across the stage. The second round of awards was presented by Ike Khamisani, President of the United Nations of the USA, Inland Empire. The Senior Staff Awards were given to Michelle Liu, Frank Wang, Jenny Yuan, and Jose Oropez. The Outstanding Manager Awards were given to Jessica Gonzalez, Tammy Lee, Cindy Monroe. The Outstanding Contribution Awards were presented to Jenny Lee and Lu Tong. The final award for Outstanding Leader was presented by Todd Williamson to Jing Xu, the Managing Director of Shennel. She gave an enthusiastic speech and graciously thanked everyone for being a part of the success of the organization.
Joey Zhou, Master of Ceremonies, introduced a touching story of Aris Qun Ai and Garrison Haiying Shen with their Florida agent, Mr. Kaplan, who was their agent for many years and recently passed away. Singer/tenor, Jianli Tian performed the songs, "Grateful" and the Italian classic song, "'O Sole Mio.“ A cultural dance "Wave" was performed with colorful streamers and beautiful costume by Dian Yu from Dian Art Center.
Dian Yu from Dian Art Center performs her dance
Dian Yu from Dian Art Center performs her dance
Singer/tenor Jianli Tian performs on stage
Master of Ceremonies Joey Zhou and co-host model/actress Dustin Quick
Master of Ceremonies Joey Zhou is interviewed by the media
Jing Xu, Lincoln Liu, Aris Qun Ai, Todd Williamson, Joey Zhou, and Ike Khamisani
VIP guests join Shennel founders Aris Qun Ai (C) and Garrison Haiying Shen (L) for a photo
The third round of awards were introduced with a video that congratulated the Shennel founders on their success - art master Shaoguang Ding, "Truly Rhe" boutique owner Rhe Potrnza, internationally renowned TV personality Yue-Sai Kan, QVC's Jennifer Kirk, three-time Oscar winner Paul Ottoson and Oscar film performer Karen Han, boutique Louisiana Mary Jane Johnson, the owner of the small town clothing boutique, Barry Simon, the President of the United Nations Association of the USA, Southern California Division, Jiannan Huang, the overseas artist representative of the Beijing Winter Olympics Committee and the rotating chairman of the LABA International Art Festival. The "LABA Icon Award-American Culture Award" was presented to Ms. Aris Qun Ai by Princess Karen Cantrell, Chairman of the Royal Society St. George, California Branch.
Aris Qun Ai receives her award from Princess Karen Cantrell, Chairman of Royal Society of St. George, California Branch
In her acceptance speech, Aris Qun Ai thanked the members of the LABA awards committee, Senator Bob Archuleta, advisor Su Wangxiulan, Hollywood producer/director Kim Holland, Julie Shen of the M3/JMK Model Media Academy, the Shennel staff, her family, and gave special thanks to Joey Zhou, the chief director of the show and Master of Ceremonies. As a surprise, her two young grandsons, Nicolas Liu and Lawrence Liu played classical piano pieces by composers Johannes Brahms and Frédéric Chopin. Subsequently, world-class pianist, Yongmei Hu, performed a classical piano piece by composer Sergei Prokofiev followed by "Colorful Clouds Chasing the Moon" in a Chinese style.
Dustin Quick, show co-host, Joey Zhou, Master of Ceremonies, Nicolas Liu, and Aris Qun Ai
Nicolas Liu performs a piano piece for his grandmother, Aris Qun Ai
Lawrence Liu performs a piano piece for his grandmother, Aris Qun Ai
Master of Ceremonies Joey Zhou and show co-host Dustin Quick
International soprano singer, Maisui, performed a song, "Entering Spring" followed by the popular Italian aria, "'O Mio Babbino Caro.“ She was joined in a duet of the song "Unforgettable Tonight" with Jianli Tian to put a perfect end to the Shennel Aris.A 30th Anniversary and Awards Ceremony.
Singer/soprano Maisui performs on stage
Singer/tenor Jianli Tian and singer/soprano Maisui sing a duet together at the show finale
LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang, the Rotating Chairman of the LABA International Art Festival congratulated Shennel Aris.A on their 30th Anniversary
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