Many deeply moved at 2015 ACCESS Fundraising Dinner Gala

Posted by Rebekah on November 12, 2015

Many thanks to those of you who attended, sponsored, and/or helped with our 2015 Fundraising Dinner Gala on November 7th!  Despite the wet weather and some schedule conflicts with other major events, it was a wonderful turnout with over 180 people in attendance at the Canton House Restaurant in Chamblee, GA.  Our musical guests Tina Cui and Jiang Dan delighted the crowds with their soprano voices (in English and Chinese!) and our guest speaker Paul Tokunaga deeply moved many, some even to the point of tear, by his sharing from his life.  We were honored to have Joe Kelly again as our emcee, now our most frequent host of ACCESS events, and we are also thankful to those who brought friends since we again had quite a few people new to ACCESS in attendance!

We also want to thank those of you who donated that evening, or have sent in donations either before or after our fundraising dinner.  As a reminder to those of you who attended the dinner, and to inform those of you who were not there, we hope you will consider giving a donation to ACCESS as you think about your year-end giving.  Donations are tax-deductible, and like previous years, donations of $50 and above collected for our fundraising dinner are eligible for our Donors Raffle Drawing.  For each $50 increment donated (for or at our fundraising dinner or sent in afterwards postmarked by Dec. 31st, 2015), you will receive one raffle ticket.  The drawing will be held on January 18th, 2016.  Please click on the Raffle Drawing Rules for more information.

For the Donors Raffle Drawing prizes this time we have a couple pieces of beautiful jewelry donated by Artland Jewelry Company – an 18 inch fresh water cultured pearl necklace valued at $280 and a gold chain necklace with diamond and natural garnet floral design pendant valued at $780.  We are very thankful for these generous gift donations, just as we are for all the event sponsors, volunteers, and guests, as well as all of you who have already donated.  This year we also had a fundraising sale at the dinner and we were able to raise $560 from the sale.  Thanks to everyone for helping to make this fundraising dinner a tremendous success!

One of the Donors Raffle Prize pictured below