VNSF updates: We did not forget about you.

Dear friends,

Some of you have asked me why you haven’t received your invitation to the VNSF fall dinner gala. Rest assured, we didn’t forget you! We have postponed the event until spring. Your invitation will arrive in a few months. Until then, please kindly mark your calendar:

SAVE THE DATE

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 6:00 p.m. Mercer Island Community Center

The seeds of generosity you have planted through VNSF are bearing much fruit.

  • Almost 500 children are in school through VNSF scholarships. This fall we distributed scholarships in Saigon, Tien Giang, An Giang, Hau Giang, Dong Thap, and Bac Lieu.
  • The number of children receiving scholarships continues to increase. Last year we awarded 25% more new scholarships than the number of scholarships that were ending the same year.
  • At our “Sweet Sixteen” anniversary dinner, you helped us break the $100,000 barrier for the second time in our history!

But the success of our mission has come at a cost. As the number of students has increased, so has the work of running the programs. Sustained growing pains threatened to overwhelm our hard-working all-volunteer board. Some long-serving board members and volunteers experienced burnout.

This spring we welcomed several new faces. Joining board veterans Gary Ly and Alina Tran were long-time VNSF volunteers and supporters Nhung Le, Phong Dang, and Michael Bunney. And 2018 saw the return to the board of two of the founders of VNSF, Michael Grainger and Tam Nguyen.

The board made a day-long retreat in May and looked hard at our challenges. We laid out a strategy to restructure VNSF to meet tomorrow’s needs. Since then, we’ve been working to develop these plans.

Spring is a time of new beginnings, and we look forward to sharing with you a new and exciting vision for VNSF’s future.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all you do for young people in Viet Nam. Together we are changing lives and futures.

Kindest regards,

2018-12-02 Letter to Supporters-2

Tam Nguyen and the VNSF Board

Raffle Basket Preview! Feast on these! #vnsf #benefitGala2017

Want to try your hand with delicious dishes from around the world?  These baskets are for you! Our “This is Pho You” basket is all the dry ingredients you need to make a tasty bowl of pho — Vietnam’s famous noodle soup and comfort food.  In our “Taste of Italy” basket you’ll find an assortment of pastas, fine olive oil and a variety of seasonings to create delicious Italian meals for you and your family.  Last but not least is our Sushi basket… from sushi rice, to dipping trays, this basket has everything you need — just add the fish!  Win the Salmon fishing trip and you’ll have the freshest sushi you’ll ever get!

Come to VNSF’s BENEFIT GALA to bid on this amazing item! Register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-vnsf-benefit-gala-making-…

Raffle Basket Preview! Coffee / Tea Time? #vnsf #benefitGala2017

These three raffle baskets would be perfect for your next afternoon tea or coffee!  Of course, we start with our coffee & tea basket with assorted coffees and teas and everything you need to brew and serve the perfect cup!  Our Snack Attack is filled with delightful cookies, wafers and snacks plus a $75 gift card to Grand Central Bakery to get fresh baked goodies! And finally, our Baker’s Basket is everything you need to make and decorate a beautiful cake for your tea… including a cake carrier and springform pan! Win these amazing items and throw a tea time your friends won’t soon forget!

Come to VNSF’s BENEFIT GALA to bid on this amazing item! Register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-vnsf-benefit-gala-making-…

 

 

Raffle Basket Preview! Decorate your home! #vnsf #benefitGala2017

Want to spruce up your home with some beautiful art from around the world?  We’ve got beautiful Vietnamese lacquered art for your walls and your mantels. Prints from painter Justin Hilgrove in his Word Travels series! And a beautiful set of glasses almost too pretty to drink from.

A single ticket could win you one of these beautiful pieces of art!

Come to VNSF’s BENEFIT GALA to bid on this amazing item! Register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-vnsf-benefit-gala-making-…

 

Live Auction Preview! King Salmon Fishing! #benefitGala2017 #vnsf

Do you love salmon? If you win this auction item, you plus 2 guests get to join Dr. Hoang Truong on a salmon fishing trip!  Dr. Hoang really knows his stuff. Check out the size of those fish! Lunch, snacks and drinks are provided so you won’t go hungry catching your dinner.

Come to VNSF’s BENEFIT GALA on September 9th to bid on this amazing item! Register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-vnsf-benefit-gala-making-…

Thank you, Dr. Hoang Truong & Dr. Khanh Nguyen, for this amazing donation!

 

 

Live Auction Preview! Vegetarian Dinner for 8-10 #benefitGala2017 #vnsf

Get ready to have an 8-course vegetarian dinner that you won’t soon forget! Dinner will be served with wine pairings and enjoyed on a rooftop with a Lake Washington view. Valued at $1500, this dinner for 8-10 people is an experience your stomach will deem priceless!

Come to VNSF’s BENEFIT GALA on September 9th to bid on this amazing item! Register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-vnsf-benefit-gala-making-…

Thank you, Dung Tran & Gary Ly, for this awesome donation! Thank you Tan Vo Nguyen & Lien Nguyen for hosting!

 

Live Auction Preview! Crabbing, clamming and oyster picking on Hood Canal #benefitGala2017

Do you love seafood?  You are in for a treat! Hang out on the Hood Canal on a private beach. Take boat ride to catch all the crabs, oysters and clams you can and enjoy a campfire cook-out right on the beach! A couple cases of beer and 4 bottles of wine complete the evening for 8 of your family & friends! Valued at $1200, but the memories from this evening will be priceless.

Huge thanks to Chung Nguyen and Dr. Oanh Truong for this most spectacular donation!

Come to VNSF’s BENEFIT GALA to bid on this amazing item! Register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-vnsf-benefit-gala-making-…

 

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Live Auction Preview! goPoke Dinner with Chef Bayley Le

Are you ready to goPoke? Enjoy this authentic Hawaiian Poke Dinner (for 8-10) served by Chef Bayley himself ($2,000 value)! You’ll be welcomed to a Hawaiian oasis complete with leis to start your evening. Enjoy a 6-8 course seafood and fresh poke dinner with tropical drinks.

Come to VNSF’s BENEFIT GALA to bid on this amazing item! Register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-vnsf-benefit-gala-making-…

Thank you goPoké and Chef Bayley Le for this amazing donation!

#benefitGala2017

Live Auction Preview! Palm Springs (La Quinta) Vacation House for 6 days 5 nights

Palm Springs (La Quinta) Vacation House for 6 days 5 nights ($7,000 value!). This is resort living at its finest! This stunning custom built home sleeps 12 (TWELVE!) and boasts the most scenic views in one of the most private golf course settings in the Coachella/Palm Springs Valley or perhaps the world. The home has exceptional privacy and the most amazing views you will ever see. It’s perfectly located with tons of activities for everyone of all ages!

Come to VNSF’s BENEFIT GALA to bid on this amazing item! Register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-vnsf-benefit-gala-making-…

For more details about the home: https://www.vrbo.com/980035

HUGE Thanks to Quynh-Ngan Titi Vuong & Cary Falk for this generous donation!