Vallejo Sister City Association’s 4th Annual Black & White Gala Shines Light on Global Connections and Community Support

April 20, 2024 – Vallejo’s vibrant community came together for an unforgettable evening of elegance and purpose at the 4th Annual Black & White Gala hosted by the Vallejo Sister City Association. Held at the Vallejo Yacht Club on Saturday, April 20, 2024, the gala not only celebrated cultural exchange but also raised vital funds to support the association’s mission of fostering global connections and understanding.

The event kicked off with Rochelle Frias Del Rosario, the first-time emcee, and the current Secretary of the Vallejo Sister City Association, setting the stage for the evening’s proceedings. With grace and enthusiasm, all guests were welcomed and were invited to enjoy a highlight reel of the Vallejo Sister City Association’s mission of putting Vallejo on the map around the world, showcasing the city’s rich cultural heritage and international partnerships.

Grandmaster William Kim, and the Event’s Chairperson, took the stage to deliver opening remarks, extending a warm welcome to all attendees. Commissioner and the Association’s President Norma Placido followed with a heartfelt welcome address, emphasizing the importance of cross-cultural exchange in building bridges between communities.

Commission Chair Pelton Stewart then took the spotlight, shedding light on the Sister City movement and the association’s ongoing efforts to strengthen relationships with counterparts worldwide. Pelton highlighted recent achievements, including the reception of books from Akashi, Japan, and plans for sister schools, as well as the upcoming trip to Tanzania, Africa, and the official signing of Ensenada, Mexico to transition from a friendship city to an official sister city.

Board Member Yolanda Kim captivated the audience with a compelling presentation showcasing the association’s diplomatic visits abroad in 2023. The presentation highlighted the transformative impact of the Sister City exchanges and underscored the importance of the silent auction in sustaining these valuable initiatives. Yolanda encouraged guests to participate in the auction, emphasizing how funds raised would support future exchanges and cultural programs.

As the evening progressed, Rochelle returned to introduce elected officials and promote the silent auction once more, stressing its crucial role in supporting Sister Cities. Guests were encouraged to bid generously on auction items, knowing that their contributions would directly contribute to the association’s efforts in promoting global understanding and friendship.

The 4th Annual Black & White Gala was a testament to Vallejo’s spirit of community and international engagement. Through shared experiences and mutual respect, attendees demonstrated their commitment to building a more interconnected and compassionate world.

Memberships and sponsorships continue to be the lifeblood of the Vallejo Sister City Association. All are welcome to join this community of diverse, like minded individuals. All students, individuals, families, businesses/corporations, interested in joining the Association, or volunteering for events can visit or email