2012 has been a year to celebrate. With the start of the Year of the Dragon, we welcomed a new Board and Creative Team. We hosted several events to educate and inspire, including the return of Cocktails for a Cause, a new panel event called Groundbreakers Speak: A Conversation with Asian American Movers and Shakers hosted at the Crow Collection of Asian Art and the ever popular 2012 Fashion for a Passion hosted at the Dallas Contemporary that broke new attendance and fundraising records of nearly 400 guests and nearly $30,000 net!
Throughout the year, we partnered with California Pizza Kitchen, Cindi’s NY Deli, Yogurtland and Pho is for Lovers for “dine for a cause” fundraisers, which allowed us to have fun, eat, and raise money for our organization and others in need. Many thanks to our generous Year-Round Sponsors Lam Facial Plastics | Ova Skin Care, Saigon Block, Cindi’s NY Deli, Pho is for Lovers, W Dental, and Tiny Prints. Because of them and to folks like you, we were able to accomplish and give so much in 2012, including more than $13,000 in aid to our supported orphanages in Vietnam and Thailand. We reviewed more than 150 scholarships applications and awarded the $5,000 Sunna Lee Leadership Scholarship to Becky Kim, two $1,000 Artistic Scholarships to Britt Espinosa and Thoa Nguyen and nine $100 camp scholarships to young adoptees! With your support, we have done so much for our community. Thank you for your support of our mission and being a part of this worthy effort.
We created new partnerships with Asian Film Festival of Dallas, Kollaboration Dallas and NAAAP-DFW to expand our outreach and strengthen our community relations. Our documentary, Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam, continues to receive accolades and screen at events across the world. And as always, we participated in local and national community festivals, including the GDAACC May Festival and DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival. We are so blessed to have a hard working Board and team of volunteers who devote their time unpaid to our organization. Even though we are a small group, we hope we can and are making a big difference.
Thank you for your support to help us achieve these goals. Please continue to be an active participant in our mission to achieve “One Voice. Many Stories.” We welcome your suggestions and feedback. On behalf of the entire team, ATG wishes you and yours the happiest of holidays and all the best in 2013!
Tammy Nguyen Lee