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!

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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!

Long Provincial & Tamarind Tree Restaurants A Gold Sponsor!

Huge thanks to Long Provincial, a Gold Sponsor of this year’s VNSF Benefit Event. Long Provincial and Tamarind Tree have been a long-time donor & support of VNSF as well as our exclusive caterer since the very beginning!  Many thanks for your continued support!

 

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Natasha Chen – Award-winning KIRO 7 TV journalist will Emcee this year!

natasha-chenWe are very excited to announce that Natasha Chen will be this year’s emcee at VNSF’s Annual Benefit Event!

Natasha Chen is an Emmy-award winning journalist at KIRO 7 TV, where she covers housing, affordability and city hall.

Natasha is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and is thrilled to be back on the West Coast. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, with a B.A. in psychology and minor in creative writing. She received her M.A. in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California, where she produced her thesis on Taiwanese democracy, featuring an exclusive interview with the president of Taiwan.

Natasha speaks fluent Mandarin and some rusty French, loves to bake cupcakes, tap dance and sing. She was recently seen on stage at Kitsap Forest Theater, where she played Ursula in “The Little Mermaid.”

Why Scholarships Aren’t Enough

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Trung Tin, one of our scholarship applicants this year, lives with his 3 siblings and parents in this small farm hut with no electricity, running water, or any other modern day conveniences. His dad, with a first grade education, works on a shrimp farm as a hired hand. His mom has a 7th grade education, but living in such a remote location (a couple hours outside Sai Gon) she can’t find work. Her kids must walk 3 km (1.86 miles) to and from school.

Do you see the Jpegsolar panel on the thatch roof? This isn’t a statement on green, renewable energy — it’s the only source of power available to the family. There is no option to run electricity this far out of the city across such vast farm land. It’s amazing to have the solar technology to provide power to this most remote, rural home. There’s also no water line or running water to this home. The family must set up bins to catch rain water, which they use for cleaning and boil for drinking and cooking. It’s a hard life, to be sure. Our volunteers were saddened to note not only their small living quarters, but their meager and insufficient food, clothes and basic living supplies. Despite their hardships, this family of six is full of smiles and happiness.

Trung Tin’s family only has one mode of transportation – a simple bicycle, which his dad relies on to make shrimp deliveries, leaving Trung Tin and his siblings to walk the 3 Km (1.86 miles) to school. The path is not only long & arduous but it’s dangerous as well — especially when it floods. He is happy to make the walk because he loves school and his parents encourage all their kids to get an education so they can have careers and a future outside this small farm hut.

For families like Trung Tin, our scholarship only breaks down the first barrier to education but not the only one they face. There is a more practical hurdle many of our students must overcome — how to actually get to school. This is one of the reasons we started the Transportation Access Program (TAP). By granting families like Trung Tin a bicycle, we can help him have a reliable way to get to school.

We believe in setting all our students up for success by providing comprehensive programs & services to help them in all aspects. For some students, transportation is one of their greatest needs.

Meet Chau Ngoc

DSC_0334.jpgChau Ngoc is a 9-year-old girl living in the Mekong Delta. She is one of the 207 students who applied for a scholarship this year. Chau Ngoc was moved to tears during our interview trip because she could not believe that anyone would care so much to come help her. Her story and her gratitude left an indelible mark on our volunteers.

Chau Ngoc lives in this humble home with her mom and 3 of her 4 older siblings.  Her oldest sister left to live in a local monastery. Seeing how poor her family is, the monastery volunteered to fix up their house so they could have a safe place to live. Most of our families are not this fortunate, but even with the help from the monastery, their home is still leagues from the common comforts we’re accustomed to here in the U.S.

Chau Ngoc’s father passed away before she was even born, leaving her mom to support 5 children on her own. Her mom only has a 7th grade education, limiting the work she can do. She finds work where she can; currently she’s a kitchen helper at a youth center. Her four oldest children reached high school; two of them even graduated. Her two sons are finding apprenticeships to learn a trade skill so they can earn money but as of yet they haven’t found work. Everyone is doing their best to make money, but even still the family of 6 is living on $2.12 USD/day, well below the poverty line in Viet Nam.

Chau Ngoc is the baby of the family and wants to go to college to become an executive assistant. She thinks this is a good career that will enable her to help her mom and family. She knows that a college education will lead to a good career, which will afford her opportunities to lift her family out of poverty.

Our passion is stoked by children like Chau Ngoc — who is desperate for the education that will unlock her unlimited potential. We’re proud to help her achieve her dream of being the first in her family to go to college.