The 12th Annual Heart-to-Heart Hand-in-Hand Charity Series
Thank you for attending this year’s 2017 ACCEF Chinese New Year Show.
Click here to see photo album by Alan Su Photography, Xin Xin Photography, 摄影：苏鹤云、彭亦辉、徐蕾、魏凌云、崔军、Tina, 许国胜，唐彤，段龙，李世平。
Dear Friends of ACCEF,
Since 2004, the American Chinese Culture and Education Foundation (ACCEF) has provided financial support to more than 1000 students in poor, mountainous regions in 13 provinces in rural China. We have built 17 schools and provided sporting goods, computer equipment, winter clothing, school desks, chairs, books and magazines to over 30 schools. We have also organized successful fund raisers for natural disaster victims such as San Diego 2007 wild fire and 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
As an organization dedicated to not only education, we also pride ourselves in promoting and sharing culture and arts with the mainstream society and other ethnic groups. On January 22, 2017, we will host a Chinese New Year celebration, i.e. the Eleventh ACCEF Charity Performance, at Poway Center for the Performing Arts in Poway, CA. Over 1000 local Chinese are expected to join the event. More than 800 audiences will enjoy outstanding performances by renowned professionals and art groups, including Chinese traditional music, folk dances, martial arts, opera singing, acrobatic show and American tap dance.
We would like to cordially invite you to come and attend the event, and hopefully share this wonderful experience with the rest of the San Diego’s larger community. Please find below the show information:
Time: Sunday, 6:30pm, January 22, 2017
Place: Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Rd, Poway, CA 92064
Thank you very much for your support! We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event!
Recently, as part of a group of ACCEF volunteers, I traveled back to the region affected by the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake to help distribute funds for ACCEF sponsored students in the town of Luoshi.
We have traveled the route to Luoshi for countless times since the 2008 earthquake. Most of the students we sponsored since 2008 have graduated from middle school and moved on to high school/college/career. Now only 3 students are still in middle school. Seeing how they are doing now compared to 8 years ago made us all very proud of what we have achieved.
One of the old photos taken 8 years ago showed me being interviewed by a Beijing TV reporter when the ACCEF’s 20-ton truck loaded with relief supplies arrived at Dujiangyan. Only then did I learn that ACCEF was the first international charitable organization to reach the frontline of the disaster zone. 8 years on, we are determined to carry on what we have started and continued to sponsor students in the region.
On Nov 20, 2016, ACCEF held the 12th Annual Thanksgiving Banquet, a grand gathering of nearly 180 philanthropists, sponsors, volunteers, and friends.
After ACCEF Chairman and President introduced ACCEF’s mission, organizational structure, current projects, and work teams, the head of Student Projects team gave a detailed presentation of what projects ACCEF has taken on in 2016.
One-on-One Rainbow project currently has 160 sponsors to fund nearly 250 students. They are mainly elementary, middle school, and high school students, and a few college students. One of the sponsored students, Mr. Liu, was recently admitted to Tsinghua University, a top university in China. In a letter to ACCEF, he wrote, “for a while, Tsinghua University was just a beautiful but remote dream, and now it has come true. In this long and struggling journey, there was so much pain. However, thanks to ACCEF’s companionship, I’ve never felt lonely all these years!
Care Class project, with the generosity from San Diego Lion’s Club, a long time ACCEF sponsor, and 40 Qualcomm employees, is able to establish 2 classes: one middle school class of 50 students in Zhaojue Middle School, and one high school class of 50 students in Ethnicity High School.
Proud Students project not only provides financial support to nearly 50 high schoolers and college students, but also help them with counseling seminars on how to study efficiently, improve communication skills, and make career planning.
Special Needs project funded book shelves for Qilong Elementary School Library in WeiNing County, Guizhou Province, book shelves, tables, and chairs for Wumen Ling Middle School Library in Huichuang County, Jiangxi Province, rooftop repair for Panlong Elementary school in Daofu County, Sichuan Province.
The Award Ceremony at the Banquet highlighted Ms. Linda Mok’s Lifetime Dedication Award, Ms. Yaofang Fu’s Outstanding Volunteer Award, and Mr. Ran Lu’s Outstanding Volunteer Award. Ms. Mok was the one of the founding members and had served as Chairwomen a few times ever since. She has not only dedicated herself but also her entire family to the establishment and development of the Foundation. She is the reason why many volunteers join and stay in the cause. The Foundation thanks Ms. Fu and Mr. Lu, senior volunteers, the long-term heads of the Student Project group, for many years at the most tedious front line of work. They have spent thousands of hours in finding sponsors, managing students’ information, communicating with sponsors and local volunteers in China, and travelling to remote areas to get first-hand information about sponsored students.
Towards the end, the Foundation also recognized Youth Care Club’s active members. They are the young generation of volunteers, participating in San Diego local community events, organizing College Conference for local high school students, and fundraising for underprivileged students in China.
A total of 9600 RMB (approximately 1.5K USD) of ACCEF Donation Fund was distributed to 8 students at Huichang Middle School of Jiangxi Province on Oct. 26, 2016. They are beneficiaries of the successful ACCEF Rainbow Project. In 2009 Huichang Middle School became one of many ACCEF sponsored schools, and dozens of students’ life has been changed ever since.
The annual 2016 ACCEF Annual Picnic was a huge success. This event is in appreciation for everyone who supports and volunteers with our organization. Thank you!
Please see the feature by US Chinese Press click here.
Photos below by Shiping Li. See full album click here.
The seventh board election has successfully concluded, and all five candidates have been elected to serve the Seventh ACCEF Board of Directors (2016-2018). They are: Charles Huang, Li Li, Nan Jiang, Jackson Tung, and Lucy Xia.
After the election, a joint 6th and 7th Board meeting was held at Linda Mok’s house in San Diego on September 11, 2016 at 5:30 pm (pacific time). Those attended the meeting were Ms. Linda Mok (Chairperson serving the 6th board), Mr. Charles Huang (departing President, serving the 6th and 7th board), Ms. Li Li (serving the 6th and 7th board), Ms. Nan Jiang (serving the 6th and 7th board), Mr. Jackson Tung (serving the 6th and 7th board; attending the meeting from China via video conferencing), Ms. Lucy Xia (serving the 7th board). In addition, Ms. Nancy Shi was invited to attend the meeting as an administrator.
The first business item for the 7th Board was to elect the Chair and President of ACCEF. The voting was done anonymously and administered by Nancy Shi. The outcome was unanimous approval for:
Their terms along with all the 7th Board members will be for a two year period from 2016 to 2018.
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