Sunday, December 11, 2011

And the $1 Million Grant from Chase goes to...

The first-ever American Giving Awards televised on NBC Saturday night presented Chase's winning recipient for the $1 million grant: To Write Love On Her Arms!

As mentioned in my previous post, TWLOHA is a movement dedicated to helping those with depression and addiction. The group is based in Melbourne, FL, and started out in 2006 printing t-shirts to help a friend pay for drug treatment, after that friend was denied entry into a treatment center. Band members from Switchfoot and Anberlin were among the first to sport these shirts.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Chase Presents: American Giving Awards

Chase Community Giving does it again. This week, the American Giving Awards presented by Chase commenced its second round of voting. They’ll soon be awarding $1 million to one of the following finalists:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

G.I. Joe Benefit Concert Raised Money, and Awareness

It began as a simple idea for a fundraiser: host a benefit concert to raise money for G.I. Joe Search & Rescue while promoting the organization to the community. The end result was all that -- and much more.

T-shirts sponsored by Anh Oi and TWLOHA were auctioned off for G.I. Joe
The August 20 night event had food, music, comedy, and fashion. The Access Group Media warehouse completely transformed from a printing factory into a classy banquet room, adorned in black, white and red, and complete with tablecloths and fancy centerpieces. Tables lining the walls sported artwork and other merchandise as silent auction items.

The evening featured a blend of Asian American and young talent of diverse backgrounds and genres. The night’s program was hosted by Andrew and David Fung, the YouTube comedy duo otherwise known as the Fung Bros. Matthew Nguyen-Truong and forWord Collective kicked off the event with back-to-back spoken word performances.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

G.I. Joe Presents: A Night of Fashion, Acoustic/Rock, and Comedy Fun

G.I. Joe is growing strong in membership for a group that formed just four months ago, but, as with any other emerging non-profit, we are in need of funding.

This Saturday, Aug. 20, the foundation will be hosting a benefit concert at the Access Group Media warehouse (11101 Condor Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708). Funds raised from this event will go toward the costs of training G.I. Joe’s search and rescue volunteers, as well as reliable equipment to be used during the group’s rescue and recovery missions.

The event will feature local musicians such as Andrew Figueroa Chiang, Tony T. Nguyen, Peachy Keene, and more, and will be hosted by comedy duo the Fung Brothers. A fashion show will also be taking place, the clothing from which will be auctioned off to help raise funds for the foundation.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Vietnam’s legendary turtle is good as new – and, she’s a girl

Ho Hoan Kiem. From
During 15th century Vietnam, emperor Le Loi found in his possession a most powerful sword--a sword with which lead to a victory against the Chinese, reclaiming Vietnam’s independence.

While sailing on a lake in Hanoi formerly known as Luc Thuy, or “Green Water,” a giant, golden turtle (“Kim Qui”) appeared and took the sword from Le Loi. The turtle submerged to the depths of the lake, where it is said to have guarded the sword for future use, if Vietnam were to be invaded again.

After searching fruitlessly for the magical weapon and turtle, Le Loi accepted that the sword had served its purpose and must be returned. Thus, he renamed the lake “Ho Hoan Kiem” – Lake of the Returned Sword.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

First lab-grown organ transplant breakthrough in regenerative medicine

On June 9, the first transplant using a lab-made organ was performed on a patient with tracheal cancer. Since his diagnosis in 2008, the patient had undergone every treatment available, but the tumor had grown to nearly block his windpipe.

The synthetic windpipe soaked in stem cell solution
Scientists in London created a flexible Y-shaped framework out of polymers, which was bathed in a solution containing the 36-year-old man’s stem cells. The stem cells were chemically and physically manipulated to grow into the desired type, and eventually covered the framework from the inside out.

The entire process took 10 to 12 days, versus waiting months to find a donor.

“The structure was becoming a living structure,” said Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, professor of regenerative medicine at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Betty Ford, outspoken and admired first lady, passed away at 93

Courtesy of the Ford Library Museum
Former first lady Betty Ford passed away today at age 93. Wife to former President Gerald Ford, who died December 2006, she was one of the most popular presidential wives to date.

TIME Magazine considered her the most politically active first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt. She was an activist for the Equal Rights Amendment, supported legalized abortion, raised breast cancer awareness and was a leader in the Women’s Movement. Betty Ford was admired for her outspokenness and for being such an inspiration to many.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Updates 07.07.11

More updates! It has certainly been awhile, although I feel as though I’ve been posting updates more often than stories as of late. Things have been slow here mainly because I’ve had tons of family and friends in town over the last couple of weeks, and I’ve been doing a little bit of traveling. Can’t complain!

I’m excited to announce some new changes soon to be implemented to my blog. But first, I’d like to say that Round 1 of fundraising has ended, and about a week ago I submitted the donation to the OC Chapter of the ALS Association. Thanks so much for everyone’s contributions and for your support!

From the ALS Association:
Thank you for your generous donation to The ALS Association, Orange County Chapter.

We are so grateful for your support of our efforts. Your gift makes a difference — it enables us to provide vital services the patients and family members living with ALS in our community, while also funding cutting-edge research to discover the cause, cure, and treatment of ALS.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

House of An's $5k Pho Bowl

As previously mentioned, the House of An (the group that owns Crustacean in Beverly Hills, AnQi at Southcoast Plaza, and Tiato in Santa Monica) auctioned off a $5,000 bowl of pho last month for charity, its proceeds benefiting children's hospitals in LA, OC, and SF.

The House of An has released a photo of said noodle bowl, and here it is:

How... untitillating. It just looks like a dinky bowl of vegetarian noodles with thin slices of spam on the side. I'll give them props for their philanthropic endeavor, but I wonder how many of these bowls will actually sell.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

UPDATE: Michelle Le search party begins Friday - Family & friends requesting for help

Family and friends of missing nursing student Michelle Le, 26, are reaching out for volunteers to assist in search efforts that are taking place this weekend. Michelle was last seen leaving Kaiser Hospital in Hayward, CA, in her white scrubs on May 27th, and her case has since been reclassified as a homicide.

An official website has been created by her family to provide the public with updates on her disappearance. The search party begins at 8AM this Friday and will last through Sunday.