Thursday, October 20, 2005

2005 Fundraising Event - Great Success !

The highly anticipated and successful 2005 fundraising event for the Fr. Deignan Scholarship took place on November 5 and 6, 2005. We raised more than $55,000 to replenish the scholarship fund.

The event was kicked off by a friendly mah jong competition on Saturday afternoon in Edwin's house. Conrad Chan won the day with the title of 麻將王. After mah jong game came the highlight of the fundraising event - dinner at ABC Seafood Restaurant in Foster City.

We are honored with the participation of Fr. Stephen Chow, Mr. Norman So, and Mr. George Tam. They are all familiar to us and have all made major contributions to our beloved Wah Yan Colleges in Hong Kong and Kowloon. In addition, we invited Miss Doris Cheung, Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco. Her son attended Wah Yan before she moved to the bay area. Miss Hong Kong 2002, Tiffany Lam co-hosted the event with our Kelly Chang.

We literally had an overflowing crowd. Two extra tables were added. We had about 170 people chowing down while listening to speech by various guests and luminaries. The dinner started out with a video of Fr. Deignan addressing and thanking the attendees. The auction hosted by Patrick Lo was probably the most exciting part of the dinner, to be followed by the climax of raffle drawing.

Three more activities were held on Sunday to give this fundraising event a proper finale. There was a golf competition in Summitpointe at Milpitas. Joshua Lau won with 85 stokes.

At about the same time, a soccer tournament was played at Sea Cloud Park at Foster city. It was WYHK against WYK. Even though Stan Chow from WYHK scored 3 times in the first half, it is not enough to stop the WYK team to win their first championship at the alumni soccer tournament. The result was 4-3 with the WYK team as winner.

What is there to do after all these rigorous activities? Of course it is to eat. Lunch was held at Island Cafe in San Mateo downtown.

Many people went the extra miles to make this fundraising event a big success. This exemplifies our Wah Yan spirit.