What a wonderful year it’s been for ATG. As 2010 comes to a close, we want to thank you for all your support and wish you the happiest of holidays and a blessed new year!
With your generous donations and support, we have continued to make strides in our community. We hosted another successful Fashion for a Passion, showcasing the talents of seven amazing designers. Our event attendance of nearly 300 guests raised over $10,000 for orphanage outreach and the ATG Artistic Scholarship Fund for Asian American students pursuing a degree in the arts.
Earlier this year, we launched our debut documentary Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam to DVD and had 15 community and festival screenings around the country, from St Louis to Vail, from Honolulu to Vancouver, from New York to Seattle. The audience feedback continues to be positive, and we even received a rave review from Booklist, calling the film “an informative and passionate look [told] with honesty and poignancy.”
Throughout the year, our team participated in local and national community outreach events, from SMU’s AALEC and Meadows Symposium, FCVN Tet Celebration in Chicago, GDACC Asian Festival in Dallas, Catalyst Culture Camp in Minneapolis and New Haven, Vietnamese Heritage Camp in Estes Park and uNAVASA in Washington, D.C., just to name a few.
Another part of our organization’s mission is to also help those in need abroad. This year, we were able to expand our breadth of aid, providing needed food, milk, toys, and educational assistance to four orphanages in Hue, Danang and Hanoi, which serve nearly 150 children. Next year, we plan to expand our outreach to other countries in Southeast Asia.
We are truly blessed to have a devoted Board and team of volunteers, as well as your support to help us achieve these goals and affect change in our community and beyond. Please continue to be an active participant in our mission to achieve “One Voice. Many Stories.” We have much in store for next year with a new board and new goals. With you, we’re looking forward to a fabulous 2011!
Tammy Nguyen Lee